The Barking Gecko Café
The Barking Gecko Café is open daily from 9:30am - 5:00pm (food served 10.00 – 4.00 and coffee 9.30 – 4.30). Entry to the café is free if not entering the wildlife park.
We serve a seasonal menu and pride ourselves on sourcing products from the Adelaide Hills.
You can grab light lunch or sit down to a delicious hot meal, pairing it with a fresh roasted coffee, or a glass of wine. We’ve even got a kids menu to keep the little ones happy.
In hot weather, it’s always that little bit cooler in the Adelaide Hills. Soak up the sunshine in the leafy café garden. You’ll see Superb Blue Wrens and potoroos, and if you’re around at 12:30pm, you’ll catch lorikeet feeding time. In winter you can warm up next to our wood fire.
The Barking Gecko Café can also host your next birthday party, corporate lunch or afternoon tea.
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The Barking Gecko Café not only takes pride in providing outstanding food and service, but also supporting our environment. Since 2019 the café has demonstrated best practice in sustainability and proud to be completely landfill free.
Actions that we have used to achieve sustainable and landfill free business park wide:
- We use a commercial local family owned green waste service to divert all waste to become a commercial compost. Our staff educate our visitors about our commitment to divert and sort waste. Any waste that slips though the green or recycle bins are then diverted to become a fuel to power an Adelaide cement business.
- All takeaway cups, containers, cutlery, and all plastics used in the kitchen are compostable plastic (PLA) made from plants.
- All single-use refundable plastic bottles, plastic milk bottles and non-refundable plastic containers are separated by staff and sent to Scouts Recycling. PET and milk bottle lids, plastic rings are cut off and recycled in domestic recycle bins. Plastic rings are also snipped so they’re not a threat to wildlife.
- We have an active worm farm that food scraps are used for, the worms are then used to feed animals within the Park.
Such initiatives are only possible through the commitment of all the café staff and have proven so successful the café now features in our education packages on how to operate a sustainable food business!