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!
Regulars to spot
Kangaroos are everywhere in the Halls Gap valley. If you come to Halls Gap and don't spot a kangaroo you'll have to visit your eye doctor as soon as you get home!
Emus are usually spotted late afternoon or early mornings. You can see emus wandering the paddocks in the Halls Gap valley.
When driving around the Grampians keep an eye out for these little guys! Easiest spotted by chance along the road or keep your ears open when walking around listening for russeling!
Cockatoos are everywhere around the Grampians. Easily spotted by guests at Halls Gap Lakeside as the local gang of cockatoos are usually camping out at Lakeside during school holidays and weekends.
These beautifull friendly birds can often be spotted in the Grampians. Guests at Halls Gap Lakeside might be lucky enough to be picked out as favourite humans during their stay and will have a couple and their young visit daily.
Often spotted late afternoon/dusk on the paddocks of Halls Gap or on the road to Pomonal. Be very carefull driving at these times! Deer have often been spotted by the night manager doing his patrol at Halls Gap Lakeside. They would be roaming the camp ground whilst people are asleep or enjoying a campfire without anybody noticing a huge stag is only meters away.
Blue wren are mostly active during spring in the dense bush and gardens in and around Halls Gap. Usually you'll spot several brown female with 1 bright blue male.
Wallabies are not too social and are thus not often seen at Halls Gap Lakeside or Grampians Getaway but are often spotted whilst hiking any of the tracks around the Grampians. They are also seen frequently around the quieter sections of the bike path.
This fellow is your early morning alarm clock! Kookaburras are plenty in the Halls Gap region and you'll spot them easiest by following their laughter.