Smithsonian Journeys Dispatches

Off the Coast of Australia

Did you know that kangaroos are the only large animals that move by hopping? In fact, they can go more than 40 miles per hour! Their sharp ears help them listen for predators while they dine on a wide variety of vegetation.

Endemic to Australia, Kangaroos share Australia's stunning coastal landscape with a number of other unusual creatures. Learn more about the land animals living near the Great Barrier Reef in this video from the Smithsonian Channel, part of the Undersea Edens series.

Ready to see the Great Barrier Reef and its surroundings for yourself? Travel to Australia and New Zealand with Smithsonian Journeys in this fall or next spring.