See Kangaroos in Sydney at The Basin, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
Recently, my sister asked my advice about where to see kangaroos in Sydney. She had friends popping into Sydney for a few days from Europe who wanted to see kangaroos (but not in a zoo). After thinking on this for a few minutes, I remembered the fabulous picnic area and camping ground at The Basin, due west of Palm Beach (yes, it's across the water).
So, if you want to see kangaroos in Sydney in their natural habitat, but don't have the time to go to the south coast, then come to the north side. A visit to The Basin at Ku-ring-gai National Park will provide you with the opportunity to see kangaroos (albeit swamp wallabies) in a bushland setting without leaving Sydney.
The best time of year to go is when the sun is shining and it's warm enough to go for a swim. Because The Basin is located on the idyllic shores of Pittwater, it would be a shame to miss the opportunity to go for a dip in the stunning natural amphitheatre the surroundings provide.
Getting to The Basin
The best part about going to The Basin is getting there, especially if you're not one for getting wet. I suggest you travel by bus or car to Palm Beach wharf and get the ferry across. Not only does it save you the walk down a steep track from atop Ku-ring-gai National Park (and better still the heart-pounding walk back up), it provides you with gorgeous views of Pittwater - that wonderful body of water that sits between the northern beaches peninsula and Middle Head, and where the Hawkesbury River starts.
My advice is, take a picnic or barbecue (there is no food for sale but barbecue facilities are provided), a picnic rug and your swimsuit, and settle in for the day. The wallabies will come out of the bush when they're hungry, so just relax until they do. A word of warning: wallabies are wild animals and shouldn't be touched and especially not fed with human food, as this makes wildlife aggressive.
What does it cost?
OK, so you are going into a National Park, and there is a small fee. A few dollars will be taken from you when you disembark from the ferry ($4.40 per adult, $2.20 per child). If you're travelling by car, a fee will also be taken at the main gate $12 per vehicle. However for the wonderful day you'll have, and the opportunity to see kangaroos in Sydney, this is a small price to pay. Oh, and there will be parking fees at Palm Beach wharf, so jump on a bus. B1 double decker yellow buses leave from Wynyard every five or 10 minutes to Mona Vale. From there you can get on a 190 to Palmy.
For more spectacular things to do at Ku-ring-gai National Park, see my blog on West Head.