Skippy this week turns 50. The television show premiered on TV in Sydney on Channel 9. It was Australia's first internationally successful TV program.
Skippy the Bush Kangaroo is Australia's answer to Lassie and Flipper. This Australian television series for children was created by John McCallum and produced from 1966 to 1968. It tells the adventures of a young boy and his intelligent pet kangaroo. Sonny and Skippy live in the in the fictional Waratah National Park in Duffys Forest, near Sydney, New South Wales. Sonny's father is the park's Head Ranger.
The series was shot in northern Sydney at the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park and the adjacent Waratah Park (now known as Waratah Park Earth Sanctuary). Ninety-one 30-minute episodes were made over the three seasons of production.
Sorry to anyone who has the theme song stuck in their head now.