Halls Gap Zoo is located about 7km from Halls Gap in a beautiful bushland setting in the foothills of the Grampians National Park. The Zoo was opened in the early 1980’s and originally known as Wallaroo Wildlife Park. It changed hands in 1998 and was renamed Halls Gap Wildlife Park & Zoo. The park was sold again in 2007 and now operates as Halls Gap Zoo.
The Zoo is set on 25 acres and houses a mixture of native and exotic species. The native animals include Red and Grey Kangaroos, Red-neck Wallabies, Swamp Wallabies, Yellow-footed Rock-wallabies, Tammar Wallabies, Parma Wallabies, Koalas, Common Wombat, Southern Hairy-nosed Wombat, Dingo, Quoll, Bettong, Possums and Potoroos. Native birds on display include Emus, Brolga, Tawny Frogmouth, Boobook Owl, numerous species of cockatoos and parrots, various water birds. There are also a variety of snakes and lizards. The exotic animals include Monkeys, Red Deer, Fallow Deer, Alpacas, Antelopes, Barbary sheep, Marmoset and Elk.
Many of the animals roam freely and can be patted. Visitors can purchase animal food at the kiosk to feed the kangaroos, wallabies and fallow deer. This animal interaction will provide great entertainment for the kids, and fantastic photo opportunities.
The zoo is still expanding with a new nocturnal house opening in late 2008, and new wetlands area established for a variety of ducks, swans and geese and a Brolga. In April, the zoo acquired a pair of albino Bennetts Wallabies from Zoodoo Wildlife Park in Tasmania, along with a pair of eastern Quoll. A zebra has also been acquired which is due to arrive in July 2009. The zoo will be taking part in the endangered Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby recovery program with construction of an enclosure in progress in early 2009.
The Zoo has pathways suitable for wheelchairs and strollers. You are welcome to bring your own picnic lunch, or use the wood and gas barbecues available free of charge. The kiosk sells snacks, ice creams and drinks, and also has a small range of souvenirs, books and artwork. On most weekends, public holiday and school holidays there are camel rides and pony rides available.
Halls Gap Zoo is located on Lake Fyans Road between Halls Gap and Pomonal. The zoo is open from 10am to 5pm daily except Tuesdays.