Answers to Your Questions About Kangaroos

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When you think of kangaroos, you most likely think Australia. It is no surprise as the kangaroo is an iconic symbol of Australia. This oddly proportioned animal with large powerful hind legs and feet for jumping paired with it’s small head and arms as well as a long tail for balance, can be found as a symbol on Australia’s coat of arms, currency, their major airline, and the Royal Airforce to name several of the places this creature pops up in Australian culture.  One of my favorites is the Christmas story of Santa and his six white boomers.  Boomers is another name for male kangaroos.  They can also be called bucks, jacks or old men. Whereas females can be referred to as does, flyers, or jills.  The infant kangaroo is referred to as a joey.

Kangaroos are fun and fascinating animals and can be spotted in the wild, found randomly within neighborhoods, on golf courses or on streets. You can also visit them in sanctuaries, zoos, and wildlife parks.  One of the fun things to do while visiting Australia is being able to feed them by hand. There are many opportunities to have a kangaroo encounter throughout Australia.  Several of my favorites have been Featherdale Wildlife Park, Cleland Wildlife Park, Kangaroo Island, and Kosciuszko National Park.


How many types of kangaroo are there?

There are four species of kangaroo. The red kangaroo, the eastern grey kangaroo, the western grey kangaroo and the wallaroo.  Also related to kangaroos, but smaller are the wallabies.

How high can a kangaroo hop?

Kangaroo have been known to leap in the air up to 25 feet.

What do you call a group of kangaroo?

A group of kangaroo is referred to as a mob, troop, or court.

How large can a kangaroo get?

Red kangaroos are the largest of the species. They can be up to 6 feet tall and way nearly 200 pounds

Are kangaroo aggressive?

Kangaroo males act like any other male animal in the wild and will be aggressive when protecting their mob or territory.  They would only show aggression towards humans when threatened.  It is advisable not to approach to closely in the wild and save the close up encounters for the parks and  zoos.

How many females will a male kangaroo have?

Up to 20 females can belong to a single male’s mob.

Do kangaroo migrate?

Kangaroo will stay put for the most part as long as there is plenty of food. However, they will travel if they are in need of more food source.  They mostly graze on grass and vegetation.

How long does a joey stay in a mother’s pouch?

A joey will usually stay inside the pouch for up to 9 months.

Do they really eat kangaroo?

Yes, wild kangaroo are shot for meat, their hides, and to protect grazing land.  It is quite delicacy and a nice low fat protein alternative.  I eat it on almost every trip and it is not nearly as gamey as our venison can be.

 


Lisa Rossmeissl is the owner of Boomerang Escapes, a home-based agency located in Old Bridge, New Jersey with agents in TN, MS, and WI. 

She has been a professional travel consultant since 2008 and specializes in Australia and the South Pacific. Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti, Fiji, and Cook Islands are among the specialist certificates she holds.  Her agency’s focus is on creating custom itineraries with their client’s wants, desires, and budgets in mind.  She and her planners believe in getting to know the traveler to ensure they have a vacation to remember.  With each planner specializing in a different market area, Boomerang Escapes can offer a wide variety of leisure vacation planning.

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Summer Vacation Essentials

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Summer will be here before you know it. People will be commencing on their long awaited summer escapes as the last weeks of school finally wrap up. June to August now becomes one of the heaviest times for travel whether by plane, boat or car as everyone looks to soak up some sun and just RELAX!  Whether you are going to the beach, away for weekend of camping or jumping on a plane for an island or even European destination, I’d like to share with you some things that are must have in your bag while away.

Here are my top 5 recommended items.

  • Wear skin care protection- Don’t ever leave home without it.  Apply it daily. No matter the season or destination we want to protect our skin from damage due to weather elements, particularly the sun.  My personal favorite brand is Australian Gold, but grew up as a Coppertone baby.  No matter the brand pick the right SPF for your skin type. This also included keep a lip balm handy.
  • Carry a hat-Again along the lines of skin protection a hat provides shade for your face, keeps you from squinting, and can keep your head cool and protected.  I always have a baseball cap in my beach bag.  It’s great for when I want to read or keep the hair out of my face on a windy day.
  • Carry a water bottle-I don’t go anywhere without my refillable water bottle. I keep it in the car, at my desk, and take it to the pool or beach.  It is so easy to get dehydrated when we are traveling especially since we often don’t take time to stop or we may be lifting glasses of our favorite cocktail. Water is essential and staying hydrated will keep you feeling well and your skin nourished too.
  • Keep a snack in your bag-I am big on healthy eating and keeping my body fueled, so to avoid sugar drops or crashes. Not to mention overeating later because I’ve starved myself.  I like to keep simple easy to carry snacks in my bag like small granola bars, nuts, pieces of fruit, and cheeses (depending if I can keep it cool). I try to avoid chips and salty snacks if possible because they can cause swelling when traveling by air or being in the sun.
  • A book or journal-Now that I am off on my journey what better item to have for the ride or flight then a book to pass the time. Or a journal to write down those thoughts that have been lost in the commotion of daily life.  It is a perfect way to relax both while getting to where you are going to passing the time once you are there.I have more items I like, but the above can be found at any given point when you open up my beach bag or carry-on.  It’s my can’t leave home without them list.   It’s my standard travel operation kit always ready and waiting to go my next adventure. And remember those adventures can happen as close as your own backyard. Enjoy and have a fun safe summer or any time of year vacation wherever you land.

Lisa Rossmeissl is the owner of Boomerang Escapes, a home-based agency located in Old Bridge, New Jersey with agents in TN, MS, and WI. 

She has been a professional travel consultant since 2008 and specializes in Australia and the South Pacific. Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti, Fiji, and Cook Islands are among the specialist certificates she holds.  Her agency’s focus is on creating custom itineraries with their client’s wants, desires, and budgets in mind.  She and her planners believe in getting to know the traveler to ensure they have a vacation to remember.  With each planner specializing in a different market area, Boomerang Escapes can offer a wide variety of leisure vacation planning.

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New South Wales-A Top 10 of Things to See

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New South Wales is one of Australia’s states located on the east coast. It was founded as a penal colony in 1788 and now boasts the largest population of Australians.  The capital of New South Wales is the infamous Sydney well known world wide and serves as the major entry point for travelers.  Therefore, New South Wales makes for a perfect state to begin your Australian explorations.

Here is a top 10 list of some of our must see and do items for exploring this state.

  1. Sydney Opera House-What trip would be complete to Sydney without seeing this iconic architectural building.  Designed to look like sails the Opera House is a focal point of this harbor city. One can see it via a walk around the exterior, tour inside, or even a show.
  2. Sydney Harbour Bridge- Another iconic landmark in the heart of the Sydney is the bridge. A climb of this structure is a must and we highly recommend doing it or sunset or sunrise for some of the most fantastic city views you will ever have.
  3. Bondi Beach-The birthplace of the surf life saver is a great spot to visit and easily accessible on your own via Sydney’s great public transport. Get adventurous and take your own surfing lessons while visiting.
  4. Hunter Valley-Australia’s premier wine district within a 2 hour reach from Sydney.  Perfect for wine tours as a day trip or consider staying in the valley for a more immersive experience. Go beyond the wine too visiting boutique breweries.
  5. Blue Mountains-Is a mountain range west of the Sydney. It is ideal for a  day trip or overnight stay.  Visit waterfalls,  take in hiking, learn about aboriginal stories such as the “3 Sisters” and more is this beautiful fragrant destination.
  6. Kiama Blowhole-Travel down the southeast coast from Sydney to visit this famous blowhole and feel the spray of salt water.  Also, discover the ‘little blowhole”  while smaller than Kiama a bit more reliable for is spray.
  7. Wollongong-Another southeast coastal city less than 3 hours drive from Sydney. Great for beach walks and lookouts.  Also, New South Wales 3rd largest city.
  8. Lord Howe Island– has amazing sand amongst its 11 beaches, great for snorkeling, and spotting rare birds. Only a short 2 hour flight from Sydney or Brisbane.
  9. Ned’s Beach- One of the 11 beaches located on Lord Howe Island where you can wade in shallow waters and hand-feed the King fish.
  10. The Snowy Mountains-Informally known as the “Snowies” is Australia’s highest mountain range with Mt. Kosciuszko it’s largest mountain. Home to the oldest ski club in the world. Makes a great visit in winter or warm months for recreational outdoor activities.

We’ve only brushed the top of the highlights for a visit to New South Wales and encourage you to make an immersive experience to this popular state with both visitors and a natives.

 


Lisa Rossmeissl is the owner of Boomerang Escapes, a home-based agency located in Old Bridge, New Jersey with agents in TN, MS, and WI. 

She has been a professional travel consultant since 2008 and specializes in Australia and the South Pacific. Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti, Fiji, and Cook Islands are among the specialist certificates she holds.  Her agency’s focus is on creating custom itineraries with their client’s wants, desires, and budgets in mind.  She and her planners believe in getting to know the traveler to ensure they have a vacation to remember.  With each planner specializing in a different market area, Boomerang Escapes can offer a wide variety of leisure vacation planning.

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