30 Australian Golf Courses With Kangaroos

Searching for the ultimate kangaroo golf tour? 

Here are 30 Australian golf courses where you can expect to see at least a few kangaroos, or maybe even several hundred, during the course of a round.

1. Alice Springs Golf Club (NT) 

"Kangaroos, dingos, hawks, galahs, perenties/goannas and snakes are seen quite regularly on the course," says club manager Lyn Howes.

2. Anglesea Golf Club (VIC)

Perhaps Australia's most kangaroo-rich golf course, Anglesea Golf Club runs 30-minute 'Kangaroo Tours' seven days a week from 10am to 4pm, which has become a popular day out for international tourists and families.

3. Benalla Golf Club (VIC)

Benalla - about 150 minutes' drive north-east of Melbourne - is well known for its Regional Art Gallery but the local golf club is well worth a look. Stretching to 5,779 metres with a par of 72, the layout is more tranquil than demanding and full of kangaroo sightings.

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4. Capel Golf Club (WA)

Kangaroos are everywhere at Capel Golf Club; even on the club's logo! The 18-hole par-72 layout can be found in Stratham, two hours' drive south of Perth.

5. Catalina Country Club (NSW)

Ever seen a boxing kangaroo? You can at the 27-hole Catalina Country Club in Batemans Bay on the NSW South Coast.

6. Callala RSL Country Club (NSW)

A par-68 layout in the stunning Shoalhaven region of Jervis Bay, Callala Country Club offers solitude, a healthy population of kangaroos and plentiful birdlife including parrots, lorikeets and cockatoos.

7. Cypress Lakes Golf & Country Club (NSW)

Located in the famous Hunter Valley wine region, Cypress Lakes has been ranked among the top resort courses in Australia.

8. Eastern Golf Club (VIC)

"We have residential Eastern Greg kangaroos that roam freely through our private nature reserve and accommodation," says Eastern's sales and marketing manager Tracy Hore. "The kangaroos will also roam across our golf course during the early morning and late afternoon. We haven’t undertaken a recent count, but estimate approximately 200 kangaroos."

9. Eynesbury Golf Course (VIC)

Eynesbury, on the western outskirts of Melbourne, only opened for play in 2007 and the Graham Marsh-designed layout is home to its fair share of roos.

10. Federal Golf Club (ACT)

High atop the nation's capital at Federal Golf Club, local fauna including kangaroos take advantage of the 18-hole championship course's views of the Brindabella Ranges.

11. Gailes Golf Club (QLD)  

One of Brisbane's finest wet weather courses, Gailes has hosted both the men's Australian Open and the men's Australian Senior Open.

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12. Gainsborough Greens (QLD)

At Gainsborough Greens - just north of the Gold Coast - the course is part of a flora & fauna sanctuary and home a healthy population of eastern grey kangaroos.


13. Gold Creek Country Club (ACT)

"Heaps of roos here," said Gold Creek's manager of golf services, Phil Mackay, when asked about the likelihood of spotting native fauna. "Usually on the back 9, but always plenty of them." 

14. Heathcote Golf Club (VIC)

Anyone who's been to Heathcote Golf Club will know that kangaroos flood this underrated central Victorian gem. "Heathcote [Golf Club] has thousands of kangaroos," says club secretary Bryan Wearne. 

15. Hervey Bay Golf Club (QLD)

About 80 minutes' drive south of Bundaberg, Hervey Bay is a popular holiday destination and having kangaroos on course at the local golf club only help the flow of green fee-paying tourists.

16. Ipswich Country Club (QLD)

At Ipswich Country Club - only a short drive south-west of Brisbane - you might be lucky enough to find a cohort of kangaroos relaxing within close range of the clubhouse.

17. Lake Karrinyup (WA)

European Tour golfers must get quite the surprise when they compete at the World Super 6 Perth event at Lake Karrinyup in Perth where the presence of tournament photographers guarantee great images.

18. Mareeba Golf Club (QLD)

"It has a substantial community of eastern grey kangaroo, abundant birdlife and other native animals," it reads on Mareeba's club website reads.

One iSeekGolf reviewer said: "The kangaroos abound and need to be avoided if possible", while another added: "I especially enjoyed the kangaroos on the course."

19. Melville Glades Golf Club (WA)

"I can almost guarantee you will see a kangaroo before you park your car!" says Melville Glades' general manager Matt Espie.

20. Nelson Bay Golf Club (NSW)

Kangaroos are far from the only local fauna on show at Nelson Bay which - as the crow flies - is less than 50 kilometres north-east of Newcastle.

Wallabies, native birds and goannas are also common sights.

21. Noosa Golf Club (QLD)

Just like Nelson Bay, Noosa Golf Club on Queensland's Sunshine Coast has a wide array of local wildlife. Kangaroos are joined at the club by bird species including Royal Spoonbills, Azure Kingfishers and King Parrots and a the resident koalas including a favourite named 'Bamboo'.

22. Pelican Waters (QLD)

Kangaroos lay unperturbed on and alongside the fairways at Pelican Waters on the Sunshine Coast (see below from 1:29).

23. Riverside Oaks (NSW) 

About 90 minutes' drive north-west of Sydney, Riverside Oaks is home to 36 holes of championship golf and with that comes a vast expanse of natural habitat.

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24. Royal Canberra Golf Club (ACT)

Just like at Lake Karrinyup, Royal Canberra has left international professional golfers spellbound by local kangaroos. Below, Australian golf icon Karrie Webb waits for the fairway to clear during the 2013 Women's Australian Open.

25. Sanctuary Cove (QLD) 

There are two courses at Sanctuary Cove but it's the surrounds adjacent to the private Pines Course's clubhouse and practice facilities which have become a popular place of rest for roos (see below from 1:18).

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26. Settlers Run Golf & Country Club (VIC)

If you're heading south-east from Melbourne's CBD, Settlers Run is about 45 minutes away and perhaps the first golf course at which you're likely to spot kangaroos.

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27. Seymour Golf Club (VIC)

It's rare for country Victorian layouts to stretch beyond 6,000 metres but Seymour Golf Club - only 90 minutes' drive north of Melbourne's CBD - is one of them (see below from 1:17).

28. Stanthorpe Golf Club (QLD)

At Stanthorpe Golf Club, in Southern Inland Queensland, the club logo is a kangaroo and it's hard to imagine a visit without coming face-to-face with a large cohort of the native residents.

29. Victor Harbour Golf Club (SA)

Our first entry from South Australia, Victor Harbour is a haven for visiting golfers.

The prospect of seeing kangaroos in garden beds combined with the club's panoramic coastal views make it an easy sell.

30. Wirrina Cove (SA) 

"Experience the feeling of getting away from it all in the beautiful South Australian countryside amongst wild birds and kangaroos in their natural habitat," it reads on the Wirrina Hotel & Golf Resort website.

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