Up to 30 mph
In the Outback
Red kangaroos are found in the hot dry interior of Australia. They forage for food in the morning and evening in order to avoid the midday sun. They like to rest during the hottest part of the day in any available shade.
The red kangaroo's powerful hind legs enable them to hop at great speed. Their efficient hopping allows them to cruise for long distances at up to 30 mph. This actually uses less energy and requires less effort than running. Kangaroos are so well-designed for hopping that they can't move their legs independently in a typical walking motion. They are also incapable of walking backwards.