Motorcyclist Rhys Fairall was travelling north along Plenty Rd in South Morang when the roo emerged suddenly from the nature strip, nearly bounding straight into his bike.
“The severity of the situation didn’t kick in until I got home and watched the footage back, the more I think about it now, the more I realise just how lucky I am to not have been seriously injured,” Mr Fairall told The Herald Sun.
The experienced motorcylist said he has seen many kangaroos and wildlife while out riding in rural areas, but this was the closest encounter he had ever had on his bike.
“My first reaction was that it was going to hit my girlfriend on her bike in front,” Mr Fairall recalls.
“I relaxed when I realised she had passed, then remembered I was still in the way of it’s path and made the last second decision to swerve right and duck when I realised braking would only have hindered me in avoiding a collision.”
Mr Fairall estimates he was travelling about 60-70km/h along Plenty Rd at the time and uploaded the footage from his headcam to Youtube, where it has been viewed over 54,000 times.
“If I had a pillion I would have lost them, it was way too close for comfort.”