I recently took a trip to Yanchep National Park. This park is a little over an hours drive from Perth, and it’s filled with wild kangaroos, birds, and koalas. Ever since I came to Australia, I’ve wanted to get a kangaroo selfie. Today was the day. I knew there would be roos at this park – and I created a strategy.
STEP 1 // Find the kangaroos. This step turned out to be relatively simple, as anywhere that was less developed most likely housed at least a few roos. They liked to be in the shade, and they would generally hang out in groups of at least 3. I found a little area near a parking lot that was full of weeds and trees, and [surprise] three kangaroos. SCORE.
STEP 2 // Stalk the bae (get close to the kangaroo) [leave a comment below if you understood that reference]. This one is a bit tricky because kangaroos are actually super aggressive, and can easily kill a human. They won’t attack you unless you provoke them, but they are strong and can be vicious. The secret to getting a good kangaroo picture is to get close enough to get both you and the roo in the frame, but not so close that the kangaroo wants to maul you and rip your guts out. There is a very fine line there, and the mother kangaroos usually have a male around, protecting the mother. The males are massive and truly a bit scary. I thought it would be a bit funny to get a picture of a kangaroo coming at me, but ultimately decided that it wasn’t worth risking my life for a picture [though I kind of still want to do it].
[fail 2, but we are getting a bit better]
STEP 3 // snap the picture, and do it quick. If you wait around, trying to get closer, the kangaroo will most likely either get tired of you trying to get closer and hop away, or it will attack you. Neither of these options are ideal, so if possible, get in, get the picture, and get out.
Though the kangaroos were definitely the highlight of my trip, I also saw some other adorable wildlife. This park is also home to koalas, cockatoos, and ducks.
It also has some perfect climbing trees and great picnic areas. Michael spotted a wild Amanda at one point, high up in the trees.
If you come to Western Australia, I’d highly recommend a trip to Yanchep National Park. But don’t make the same mistake I made – pack a picnic!