It’s been a while since a YouTube video has featured here, but I came across this one recently and thought it would be of interest.
This video takes us back to the original locale used for the 1960s children’s series Skippy The Bush Kangaroo, an area adjacent to the Ku-ring-gai National Park, north of Sydney. Surprisingly, the ranger’s headquarters – constructed specifically for the series’ production – is still intact, though showing some signs of wear. The helipad is now a duck pond but the building’s interior is like a time capsule with the decor and furnishings appearing to be virtually untouched since being occupied by Skippy and her fellow co-stars.
Ninety-one episodes of Skippy The Bush Kangaroo were made between 1966 and 1969. The program was made by Fauna Productions with some financial assistance from the Nine Network, and was sold to 128 countries including the United States where it was syndicated to 160 local television stations. A feature film, Skippy And The Intruders, was also made.
Skippy also recently made news when one of the show’s former stars, actor Tony Bonner, made a claim for royalties from the series following the DVD release.
Skippy The Bush Kangaroo also starred Ed Devereaux, Ken James (who later went on to The Group, The Box and Skyways), Garry Pankhurst, Liza Goddard and a guest list that includes some of Australia’s most well-known actors.
A far more detailed history and episode rundown of Skippy The Bush Kangaroo can be found at TV Eye – Classic Australian Television.