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“Kangaroo sanctuary - heaven for needy kangaroos”

The Kangaroo Sanctuary
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Owner description: Home of the famous Kangaroo Dundee documentary series (BBC UK / National Geographic USA) Visit kangaroos in their natural habitat on a guided sunset tour.
Reviewed December 4, 2013

We visited the Kangaroo Sanctuary when Brolga was away, but even though we wanted to see him as well, we were not disappointed for long. The rest of the staff were very knowledgeable and helpful with answering questions not only about Kangaroos but also about Aboriginal culture. We spent time walking around the property seeing how the Kangaroos spend their time, holding a baby joey and we got to see Roger too. It is not a zoo or a petting place, you are just spending time with the Kangaroos in their home which is a priceless experience. If you are a fan of the show you will be very happy you visited and if you haven't seen the show you will have bragging rights to other people that have seen it that you have seen the shed where Brolga stays and you have seen Roger. Add this to your list of things to do in Alice springs if you want an authentic experience, not something made just for tourists.

3  Thank lee j
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Reviewed November 17, 2013

Before my husband and I visited the Sanctuary in November 2013, I had only vaguely heard about the place. I had not seen the BBC program about the owner, Brogla, but I had heard that it was something not to be missed in Alice Springs.

Despite the silly moniker of "Kangaroo Dundee" which he has been given by others, Brolga is the real thing. He has created a true sanctuary for baby kangaroos on his own terms. He is rugged, outback guy with a heart of gold who proudly allows others for a few hours to share life in the outback with his "children."

In this case, the reviews are not hyping it when they say, indeed, a visit to the santuary is not to be missed. It is a unique experience to see the kangaroos living in the wild and to hold a baby kangaroo in your arms. It is NOT like a normal zoo or a petting farm for kids. It is fascinating, magical and worth every penny.
Go. Put it at the top of your list. You will not be disappointed.

Pam P.

4  Thank rubelite
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Reviewed October 28, 2013

In August 2013 I went on holiday with my girlfriend Rach and her family on a trip to Australia. We travelled around the country, starting in Perth before going on to Alice Springs, Ayres Rock, Cairnes, Sydney and Melbourne before travelling home via Singapore. We were there for 3 weeks but one evening out stood out way above the rest – our trip to The Kangaroo Sanctuary.

Before the holiday Rach’s mum and dad had seen a show about a man in Australia who looked after baby kangaroos and rold Rach. She immediately looked him up online and found this article on him and saw an image of him with some baby kangaroos, and so straight away she wanted to go.

For some reason before going we didnt look up the show so all we knew was he kept kangaroos in pillow cases, was named Brolga, and HE KEPT BABY KANGAROOS IN PILLOW CASES.

We were to be picked up at around 6pm, while it was just starting to get dark. The 6 of us were sat outside the hotel not knowing what to expect, when a minibus pulled up to collect us. We were expecting maybe to go to a few different hotels and pick up other people, but it was just us booked on.

We got to the santctuary and pulled up to a tiny red hut and out walked this giant 6 foot 7 man holding in his arms a baby joey wrapped up in a pillow case who introduced himself as Brolga. Rachs mum and dad immediately got excited and took over the conversation, telling Brolga at around 100 miles an hour how we were huge fans of the show. Brolga was clearly used to dealing with people who’d seen the show, and told us how we’d soon be meeting some of the real stars of the show like Ellie, and especially Big Roger! At this point me and Rach were looking at each other wondering whether Roger was a kangaroo or a man!

Brolga told us that while we were with him in the sanctuary one of us would always be holding the joey Anna, with each of us getting a chance to hold her. However there were rules – Brolga would decide who would be holding Anna, and he would decide when to move her between people. Only the person holding Anna could touch her. First to hold her was Becca, as it was her birthday.

Brolga explained that as it was still a little early the Kangaroos were still asleep, so first we would get a chance to meet some aboriginal women, and talk to them about their culture and the way they lived. Through some prompting we got to learn a bunch about the weapons they would use in the bush.

But after talking to them for a good amount of time, we heard some noises behind us. The kangaroos were up and they wanted to say hello!

At this point Rach got her hands on Anna and immediately got way over excited.

Brolga then took us into the actual sanctuary itself and introduced us to the various characters that we would learn about more when we watched the show when we got home. There was Ellie, whos been with Brolga so long that he could even show us the baby in her pouch

Ellie and Brolga - Kangaroo Sanctuary. There was two of the younger members of Brolgas mob, who Becca got to feed with bottles

Becca bottle feeding Kangaroos

Brolga is a really excellent guide as well, talking to us about the various stages the kangaroos go through in their life, about the reasons he had for setting up the sanctuary and answering our various mundane and often repetitive questions about trees, termite mounds, and the dingos. Finally though, I got a chance to hold Anna. Needless to say this became my profile picture on facebook as soon as I got home!

Chris and Anna the JoeyHaving got my hands on Anna, Brolga now said it was time for us to meet Roger. Rach and I still weren’t sure who Roger was going to be, but Brolga explained about how he has to keep the males and females in separate areas. Roger was the alpha male, a kangaroo who had been with him since he was a joey and now wasnt any more scared of humans and so it had become necessary for him to stay at the sanctuary as he wouldnt be able to survive properly in the wild.

But my favourite description of Roger was

“He’s as crazy as a cut snake”

To give us an idea of how crazy Roger was, Brolga got into the cage with him.

We spent around 3 hours at the sanctuary with Brolga, giving us lots of details on his life, how things effected him when he got the TV show, how Australians took to the show, and even about things in Australia that we didnt know about – like the Dingo fence

The one negative about the sanctuary is that it ruined any other zoo for us – after going to Brolgas sanctuary and seeing how he looks after and genuinely loves the animals it made our visits to other zoos in Australia seem wrong, seeing the conditions they were kept in in comparrison to the Kangaroo Sanctuary. If you ever go anywhere near central Australia and dont visit the sanctuary then youre doing yourself a disservice. Brolga is an amazing tour guide and left us with some lasting memories and an experience that we will never ever forget.

26  Thank Chris H
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Reviewed October 10, 2013

I just returned from spending two hours being totally captivated and educated about kangaroos from Brolga, an Aussie with a heart as large as his 6'7" frame.

With limited hours and only small groups able to visit the sanctuary, this is definitely a must see destination when visiting Alice. I came away with a greater understanding of these beautiful and nurturing animals, and respect for Brolga's vision and practice.

Truly a magical experience.

4  Thank hkinley
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Reviewed October 9, 2013

I joined tripadvisor just to write this review since it was that great...we recently took a 3 week trip to Australia and went all around the country seeing just about everything you can imagine. Yet, hands down, the time we spent at the Kangaroo Sanctuary at Alice Springs was the most memorable and fun experience of the entire trip. The tours are very small, so you really get to talk to Brolga and get to know the kangaroos and their joeys. We got to carry around an orphaned baby, and having kangaroos follow you down the trail (hopping all the way) to sniff your leg and let you pet them was the best. We ALMOST didn't do it as the price seemed pretty steep, but for an experience like this it was absolutely 100% worth it. This is a "destination" attraction and I feel it makes Alice Springs a must visit either before or after seeing Uluru.

6  Thank EBoiler
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