Day Hike To Go Kangaroo Spotting Close To Melbourne

Kangaroos in bush infront of cowes in field

Our friends from France were staying in Melbourne for a few days and seeing as we live so close, we thought we’d catch up.

The days goal was to go on a pretty easy and short hike, visit the coast and most importantly, spot some Kangaroos and Wallabies.

It was a leap day on a leap year and the French wanted to “see a Kangroo leap” on this day. We decided not to go west as last time they were here, we explored the Great Ocean Road and Grampians in detail. The closest and nicest place that I knew otherwise was Arthurs Seat and then a day hike to Bushrangers Bay. These are two places where we’d get some great views and be sure to see some Kangaroos and Wallabies.

We headed straight to Seawinds Gardens at Arthurs Seat, which is an extinct volcano on the Mornington Peninsula, south-east of Melbourne.

It took us just over an hour to get to Seawinds Gardens and although this is usually a solid place to spot some roos, there were none here today, so we decided to continue to the start of the hiking trail to Bushrangers Bay which took no more than 20 minutes.

We started the walk to the beach which was about 3kms from the carpark, although as soon as we parked the car, there were some Wallabies just near the picnic area.

About 1km or so into the walk, we then started spotting loads of Kanagroos and Wallabies on both sides of the hiking trail. Some Kangaroos just just infront of us and plenty of them were nearby the track, then we were also able to observe them from a distance as the grazed in the farmland that ran alongside the national park.

Take a look here at photos and information about the day hike to Bushrangers Bay.

We didn’t happen to capture loads of photos, but we’re going to come back here to get some more photos of Kangaroos soon and then put together a guide on how to spot Kangaroos so that you can go out there and find some yourself when you’re in Australia.

About Guy

Hey guys, I'm Guy - one of the founders of WAY&FARER and the main one posting on the blog. I've written about hundreds of places to visit, campgrounds and hiking trails both on the WAY&FARER blog and in the "EXPLORE" section on this website. If you've got any questions about anything that I've written or you've noticed that one of the places we've covered has changed & needs an update, please get in touch with me via Otherwise, I'll leave you to enjoy the blog and while you're at it, take a look at the WAY&FARER Camping Shop! Cheers, Guy

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