Wallaby Proof Farm Gates

​​​People and machines using gates can leave a path for wallabies. Set those gates up very well. 

Effec​​​tive

a waalaby proof farm gate with a concrete strip running below the gate an automatic opening and closing mechanism

This fence has a concrete base and an automatic opening & closing mechanism. These are a worthwhile investment to get the full value out of a wallaby fence.


a strip of rubber added to the bottom of a farm gate in a paddock

Rubber can be effective but don’t make it too hard to open and close the gate.


photo of a gate tied to gate post. There are no hinges which means the gate doesn't swing

Not swinging the gate on hinges is an option. Just sit it on the ground, tied up with wire, leaving no gap underneath. Additional note - there are smaller gaps in the mesh in the bottom of this gate, Larger gaps at the bottom, as on traditional gates, would let wallabies through and would need to be covered with mesh

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photo of a farm gate with mesh added to close the gap between the bottom of the gate and the ground. The mesh has been weighted down with steel droppers

Steel droppers have been added to the base of the gate to weight the under gate mesh. This design is not fully tested but the gate in this example fence was working well.


This image shows electric wires on a cattle grid

Electric wires on a cattle grid


electric wires on a cattle grid tensioned with trampoline springs

Trampoline springs allow wires to press between bars when a vehicle goes over.


electric wires over cattle grid

Note insulated wires under to connect wires without shorting and the hot wires go right to edge of the grid.



​Ineffec​​tive

gravel heaped up under a farm gate

Heavy vehicles might push the gravel down resulting in a gap. When a gate allows wallabies through it is hard to notice. Usually significant losses occur before it's obvious. Set gates up well from the start.


picture of a farm gate with cancrete in the ground underneath. the concrete has sunk leaving a gap below the gate

In this example the concrete has sunk, likely from heavy machinery driving through the gate. Reinforcing mesh in the concrete will be worth while.

photo of a farm gate with a gap between the gate post and the gate. When the gate is closed the gap is filled with a stick or small branch

Take care not create gaps when positioning strainer posts. If a person opening this gate forgot to put the stick back in wallabies would go through the gap.



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