Wildlife in the Grampians
One of the highlights of staying in the Grampians is the abundance of Australian wildlife. You will see cockatoos, parrots, blue wrens, emus, deer and lots of kangaroos.
The kangaroos roam freely around in the Halls Gap valley and you can stare at them for hours and not get bored.
In the mornings you will be woken by laughing kookaburras (I promise they are not laughing at you), the beautiful song of the magpies or a bunch of screeching cockatoos (which is less pleasant). This is all part of being out and about in the Australian bush!
To enable visitors to Halls Gap and kangaroos to share the same space in harmony, it is vital you leave the kangaroos alone, after all, they are wild animals. They are big and strong, and their behaviour can be unpredictable. The less interaction they have with people the less chance they become half tame and dependent.
Besides that, kangaroos have evolved to eat large amounts of low protein roughage such as native grasses. Human food is a poor substitute and can damage their health as well as making them dependent on visitors for their food. So please assist us and the National Park authorities to keep the kangaroos wild! If we respect them and their natural behaviour, there is a bigger chance they will respect us and our behaviour! By nature, kangaroos are not aggressive, do not approach and they will not approach you!
On the road, be alert!
Please be aware that kangaroos know nothing about road safety! At the most unexpected moment they might decide to cross the road. Please be alert! Take extra care on the road especially at dawn and dusk.
Stay straight and brake! Do not swerve!
It could save lives!
If you do hit a kangaroo or you see any other injured wildlife during your stay, please call 1300 223 427. They may be able to assist the injured animal and they will also provide advice on what to do!