Ballarat Wildlife Park

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Ballarat Wildlife Park
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Famous for its Australian wildlife and up-close animal experiences, Ballarat Wildlife Park is just 90 minutes’ drive west from Melbourne. There’s around 100 free-roaming kangaroos waiting to be hand-fed as well as other Australian animals including koalas, wombats, little penguins, dingoes and Tasmanian devils. An impressive reptile house is home to ‘Crunch’ the 5-metre-long super croc, snakes, frogs and lizards. Around the park visitors will also see tree kangaroos, giant tortoises, emus, Sumatran tigers and much more. ‘Animal Encounter’ experiences offer a rare opportunity to pat a koala, cuddle a wombat or even have a snake wrapped over one's shoulders! Encounters include a professional photo as a memento of the experience. Ballarat Wildlife Park is open every day 9 am - 5 pm (close Christmas Day).
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Big Sky Mama
Big Sky, MT39 contributions
Wildlife conservation at its finest.
Aug. 2020
Feeding kangaroos and one on one with koalas! What’s not to love? We drove 100 miles to see this place and it was the highlight of a two-week stay near the Melbourne area. Actually went in August 2018- haven’t been posting in a while
There are many opportunities for photo ops -some are additional cost- and informative talks.
Written 15 June 2021
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The Wandering Reviewer
Melbourne, Australia9,592 contributions
Great for families and school kids
Apr. 2021 • Solo
I'm not a fan of zoos and parks like this but have to say I was pleasantly surprised. There is a line to be drawn between captivity and education. They do it well here and recommend a visit.
As soon as you walk in, you'll see the meerkats which frankly, if I could live stream them on my computer, I'd watch them all day. There are around 100 free roaming kangaroos and although there are signs on 'how to feed' them, I'd recommend not.
The penguins are adorable as are the dingos, wombats and koalas. Sad to see a tiger pacing up the back of the cage but he/she certainly let out a roar which took me by surprise.
The reptile centre was very interesting and of a high standard of presentation.
There are scheduled times to meet the animals 'up close and personal' and recommend you plan your day around some of these.
Plenty of car parking, picnic tables available and wide open grassy areas.
There is a cafe but it wasn't open when I was there. The gift shop is stocked with adorable stuffed animals and tourist items.
Excellent for school groups, families or the day tripper like myself.
Written 25 May 2021
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Nicole C
Mentone, Australia26 contributions
Exceeded expectations
Apr. 2021 • Family
Wasn't in our plans during a Ballarat getaway but kids spotted roadside signs and were keen to go. Not cheap entry but ended up money well spent as kids (9, 5) had a wonderful time. Feeding the kangaroos was definitely a highlight for them. They loved getting so close to all of the animals, more so than you can at many other wildlife parks. Don't go in expecting Melbourne Zoo, but it's definitely a good way to spend a few hours.
Written 12 April 2021
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Jane G
Melton, Australia228 contributions
Ballarat wildlife park
Apr. 2021 • Family
Was a great day today at the park,plenty of kangaroos lazing around to be feed and to pat and don't forget to get a photo.As you will see in the photos of the other animals also,and don't miss the feeding of big boy crunch.plenty of seating around and they sell food.Good for all ages.
Written 5 April 2021
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victoria r
Endeavour Hills, Australia39 contributions
A must see when in Ballarat
Mar. 2021 • Family
Animals appear very relaxed lying around and interacting with people- great place for families and kids - worthwhile
Written 6 March 2021
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David1Swain
Wallan, Australia3 contributions
Day out with my granddaughter
Jan. 2021 • Family
Our day at the wildlife park was enjoyable. The meet and greet with the koalas was a hit with my granddaughter. The cost was reasonable and the staff were great.
Written 15 February 2021
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marionbayley
Geelong, Australia6 contributions
Great little park with some gorgeous animals
Jan. 2021 • Family
What a wonderful wildlife park that is interactive for the kids feeding the kangaroos and getting up close to the animals. The park was well cared for and very clean with some wonderful enclosures and viewing platforms. It wasn’t overly big so a couple of hours is plenty of time but the kids absolutely loved it.
We did the koala close encounter so got some great photos up close with Jimmy Jam the koala and his two girlfriends 😂. At $50 it was worth it as you could have the full family of four in the enclosure and we got plenty of time - definitely my daughters highlight
Written 29 January 2021
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Andrew P
Melbourne, Australia287 contributions
Pleasant. Couple of hours
Jan. 2021 • Couples
Standard type wild life park . Loots of up close kangaroo feeding. Koalas . The usual shy and hard to see nocturnal mammals. Lizards reptile house. Can have photo oportunities w animals for$50. Rained a bit when we were there,but there is a bit of cover ,so not too bad
Written 27 January 2021
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berrnardz
Melbourne, Australia138 contributions
For the kids its great
Jan. 2021 • Family
I loved the way you could get up close to the animals. The kids loved feeding the animals. Thay liked the wide selection of animals.

A tip if going go early as later in the day, the animals have eaten and are less active
Written 16 January 2021
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happyaussie255100
Melbourne, Australia74 contributions
Fantastic park
Mar. 2020 • Family
We went to the park in Ballarat had such a fantastic time with my daughter we actually went in the meerkat enclosure and that was so memorable loved it , also up close to the kangaroo and the giant turtles what a fantastic day with my daughter .
Written 2 January 2021
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