The evil kangaroos of DSS and other things Canberra

At the back of the Department of Social Services in Tuggeranong, there is a paddock adjacent to the staff car park. When you’re there at dusk, you’re greeted with this sight:


Seriously, how many kangaroos is that?

They’re not cute little weeny wallabies. These are kangaroos. KANGAROOS. Look at the one in the middle of this picture, with his arse to the camera, and the department building in the background:


I mean LOOK at him (definitely a “him”). That’s the biggest kangaroo I’ve ever seen. If he stands up on his hind legs, he’s taller than a person. The lawns are irrigated and in summer, the roos invade the courtyards. They don’t tend to be afraid either. They’re quite intimidating.
No Australian city does kangaroos like Canberra. They’re everywhere.


Out of all of the places in Canberra, I like this one the best. That paddock in the first picture? If you cross it, there is a bush path that leads straight to the Murrumbidgee River which has swimming holes. But this here is Lake Tuggeranong in the morning.


Another pretty view, with complimentary galahs:



  1. Melanie Shinkaruk


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  2. What are ‘galahs’?

  3. I used to live in Canberra and I always saw the biggest mobs of kangaroos on Red Hill, the northern end of the ridge near Hindmarsh Drive. I used to jog up there and sometimes there would be a mob of 15 or so right in my path, always made me nervous but if I kept going they would scatter.

  4. It’s amazing the kangaroos don’t get lost in the roundabouts 😉

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