Grampians National Park

The best place to see Kangaroos in Australia

The Grampians is the best place to see Eastern-grey Kangaroos up close in the wild.

There are 36 species of native mammal, 35 reptiles, 6 native fish + 13 crustaceans.

Mammals

Marsupials

With so many different species

Kangaroos & wallabies are very common throughout the Grampians. Eastern-grey kangaroos are plentiful around Halls Gap, with both black and red-necked wallabies are often seen within the forests.  Western-grey kangaroos are rarely spotted, and there is a program to reintroduce brush-tailed rock-wallabies back into the Grampians.

Bandicoots & potoroos these beautiful animals unfortunately are easy prey for foxes, cats and vulnerable to increased fire regimes. These animals are very rarely seen.

Antechinus & dunnarts are often confused as rats. Whilst dunnarts are rarely seen, antechinus are very common, especially around houses in Halls Gap.

Possums & gliders are wonderful creatures of the night. Brush-tailed and ring-tailed possums are very common throughout the Grampians. There are three species of glider recorded in the Grampians. Squirrel & feather-tailed gliders are very rarely seen, however keep an eye out for the sugar gliders gliding between the trees at night.

Monotremes

The echidna and platypus are the world’s only monotremes and are both found in the Grampians. Echidnas are fairly common over the warmer months, whilst platypus are extremely rare.

Rodents

Two rare little rodents call the Grampians home. The smoky mouse & heath mouse are both vulnerable to foxes and cats, they’re both rarely seen.

Reptiles

Reptiles are very common throughout the Grampians National Park from Spring through to Autumn.

Please driver cautiously at this time as the reptiles love to bask in the sun on the warm themselves on the road network across the region.

Keep an eye out for the eastern long-necked turtle around

Snakes

The Grampians is home to some of Australia’s deadliest venomous snakes. Brown, tiger, red-bellied black’s and copperheads are the elapid snakes found here. It is uncommon to see snakes, they’re very timid, and will not attack unless provoked. If bitten, seek urgent medical attention.

Lizards

Spring and early summer is a great time to see some wonderful skinks and lizards after they awake from their winter slumber.

Water skinks, garden skinks, black-rock skinks and shingleback lizards are common throughout the park.

Amphibians

After rain after dry periods of time the Popplebonks flood the district with their unique call. Brown-tree frogs are common throughout the area. Twelve species of frog call the Grampians home.

Fish

The streams and lakes are home to a range of native and introduced fish. The Jardwadjali and Djab wurrung people would have eaten river blackfish. Pygmy perch, galaxias and gudgeon are all small native fish in the streams around the Grampians.

Crustaceans

The Grampians is the most diverse location on the planet for freshwater crayfish. Thirteen native species are found here, six of which are endemic to the Grampians.