Kangaroos and Wallabies

While kangaroos and wallabies, particularly the Eastern Grey Kangaroo, are some of Australia's most recognisable and well known native animals are an important part of Victoria's natural ecosystems. 

They play an important role in promoting regeneration of native plants and reducing the fuel load in forests and grasslands and are a protected species. They graze on grass and other vegetation including watered lawns and sports fields which are attractive when their normal grazing areas and water sources have dried up.

Kangaroos generally rest during the day in shaded areas and feed from early dusk until mid-morning.

Being Safe around Kangaroos and Wallabies

Kangaroos are mostly docile but can be unpredictable when they feel threatened.

Note: If you see kangaroos or wallabies loose in residential areas call Wildlife Victoria on 8400 7300 immediately.

Kangaroo and Wallaby Road Safety

Where possible, kangaroo signs have been erected to help drivers to adhere to road safety standards and guidelines. In the area between suburbia and rural areas, kangaroos and people will need to co-exist and people need to take care in these areas.

If you come across a dead kangaroo or wallaby on the side of the road that has been spray painted, it means that a wildlife rescuer has checked the pouch for joeys.

Controlling Kangaroos and Wallabies

Kangaroos on a Sports Ground or Park

Council is aware of kangaroos frequenting some parks and sport fields where there is plenty of grass to feed on. The safety of the children and other sports field users is paramount, please do not approach any kangaroos.

To report kangaroos in parks or on sports fields, contact Council on 9262 6333.

Relocating a Kangaroo or Wallaby

Relocating kangaroos or wallabies is difficult because they need to be sedated and they may not stay in their new location and may try to return to where they were moved from. If they are trying to get back where they came from, they may have to cross roads and may be hit by a car or truck.

Kangaroo-Proof Fences

Fencing every reserve or park to contain kangaroos or wallabies is not practical. In areas that have fenced them in, they have continued to breed and then slowly starved during drought.