Josephine's Gallery and Kangaroo Orphanage

Your kids will love the chance to pat or cuddle the babies in the Kangaroo Orphanage, and feel  their soft, downy fur. They’ll giggle at the sight of joeys snuggling down in artificial pouches,  or sucking eagerly from bottles of milk. The baby kangaroos you see here are red kangaroos,  native to dry regions like Coober Pedy. Sometimes the mother kangaroos are killed by cars, and  at other times they’ve been shot by local Aboriginal people hunting for food (nowadays they  use guns instead of spears). If hunters find a joey in a dead mother’s pouch, they bring it to the orphanage.

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Contact details

131–133 Hutchison St, Coober Pedy; (08) 8672 5931

Don't Miss

■ The spectacular opal display – look for the opalised fossils of a tree, seashells, and even worms!

■ The extensive gallery with its many examples of local Aboriginal culture. Items range from  hand-painted bookmarks to bigger purchases such as didgeridoos (lessons available if you want to buy one).

Fabulous Facts

When kangaroos are born they look like tiny pink worms. They are blind, hairless and only a  few centimetres long. Their hind legs are just stumps, but they use their forelegs to drag  themselves through their mother’s thick fur into her pouch. Once inside, they start to suck on a teat, and stay there drinking milk and growing for a few months. It is hard to believe these tiny  creatures can grow so big – red kangaroos are the largest marsupials in the world. They can  jump 3 metres high and move forward 8 metres in one leap!

Insider Tips

■ Allow at least an hour for your visit.

■ The best time to visit is during the kangaroo feeding sessions at 12.30pm and 5pm daily.
■ You can also go underground here and tour an abandoned opal mine (extra cost) with some opal still visible in the seams.

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