Gan-Garoo Australian park is a one-of-a-kind zoo in Israel and a wonderful attraction for children and adults of all ages.
The vegetation and wildlife in Gan Garoo were imported directly from far-off Australia.
Here you can encounter free-roaming kangaroos that you can pet and even hand-feed.
Hear explanations of how the kangaroos are raised, their methods of reproduction, feeding, and their daily lives in the zoo.
View adorable sleeping koalas, make friends with the cassowary and flying foxes,
hear the songs of beautiful Australian birds, and more...
So what's at Gan-Garoo?
Gan-Garoo extends across an area of approximately four acres. The zoo's grounds are shaded and pleasant to explore.
Visitors may sit down on benches or at tables or enjoy a picnic on green lawns.
Average time of a visit to Gan-Garoo: between 1-1/2 and 4 hours, depending on the ages of children.
A particularly interesting and stimulating option available to you is "In the Trail of 'Kangi' and 'Koali' in the Australian Park",
offering you and your children an active tour that is both fun and educational.
At the entrance to Gan-Garoo you'll receive a map that includes riddles, questions as well as spots in the park where you can receive explanation from guides.
We invite you to hold on to the map and, at the end of your tour, place it in the raffle box.
There's a monthly drawing in which you can win a prize for the whole family!
The park's koala compound was built in 2002 in memory of the four members of the Australian delegation to the Maccabiah Games who died in the bridge accident (July 7, 1997) – Warren Zines, Yetty Bennett, Elizabeth Sawicki, and Greg Small.
At the Gan-Garoo gift shop you may purchase unique souvenirs from Australia –
didgeridoo, boomerang, Emu eggs and furry Australian animal dolls.
There's plenty of parking available in the adjoining parking lot.
Gan-Garoo is wheelchair accessible and is recommended by the Mapa website.
How was Gan-Garoo established?
In the beginning of the 1990s, Kibbutz Nir David decided to establish a tourist attraction on the kibbutz's grounds,
adjacent to Gan Hashlosha (Sachne) national park.
Numerous ideas were proposed until finally, the decision was made to establish a unique zoo.
After a great deal of thought, it was decided to build an Australian zoo.
In checking the feasibility of the plan we discovered two things:
1. That Australian animals are strange and very special.
2. That Australian authorities are not eager to export animals from their country
and that they impose extremely strict conditions upon any party who wishes to do so.
Yehuda Gat, Gan-Garoo's founder, established relations with the Australian National Parks Authority,
the Australian ambassador in Israel and a number of zoos in Austrlia.
For our part, we undertook to establish a park of the highest possible quality and dedicate it
to the flora and fauna of the 'fifth continent' – the wondrous country of Australia.
On July 28, 1996, an inauguration ceremony was held at the Park
and attended by the Australian ambassador as well as many other notable figures.
Gan-Garoo holds an operator's license issued by the Australian National Parks Authority.
Since then, we have been consistently developing and upgrading the zoo with additional animals and attractions:
For example we planted a green maze and alongside it, additional logic and challenging mazes.
And in an operation lasting several years, we imported four koalas and additional Australian birds…
Gan-Garoo is a success story that is held in high esteem by the Australians.
We became the first zoo in the world (outside of Australia) in which visitors can actually pet a kangaroo.
We are one of the few zoos in the world that has succeeded in satisfying the strict conditions set by Australian authorities
in order to receive koalas!
We work ceaselessly to develop Gan-Garoo – for the enjoyment of our visitors.