Ballarat Wildlife Park

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Ballarat Wildlife Park
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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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24 contributions
Apr. 2022 • Couples
Should be called kangaroo park soany kangaroos, eagle kept in small cage, was expecting more but was very disappointed with what I saw
Written 15 April 2022
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Dunolly, Australia73 contributions
Mar. 2022 • Friends
The whole experience was wonderful. The animals seemed happy and we'll looked after. The staff were very accommodating. We were very tired and while waiting for our group (Probus) to gather the staff organised for one of the dingos to come for a personal encounter. Absolutely fabulous.
Written 4 March 2022
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Melbourne, Australia12 contributions
Feb. 2022 • Family
Was a great experience at the wildlife park. Had been here before and recommended it to many friends, most appealing fact is the free talking kangaroos and other animals, loved feeding and petting the kangaroos.

Everything was great and positive apart from the presentations. In the presentations it felt like a competition to actually be able to see the animals, especially in the tiger one. This was in very hot weather and many many people crammed up close to r trying to see was not overly positive. The most looked forward to, the giant crocodile presentation, was cut short after waiting for them to be fed as the alligators were being fed. The way presentations work may need to be revised and possibly more times of different animals to accomodate for large crowds. Some notice at the front gate or on the schedule or the loud speaker would’ve been good about the change on the crocodile presentation. The food was a bit of a wait but that is expected for midday Saturday. Possibly having staff watching over common places of where the kangaroos are roaming to make sure people are doing the right things with them (I.e. feeding correct foods, not carrying) and some more rules on how to interact with the kangaroos other than just not carrying them. Also, some more view points and possibly a second observation deck around the new tiger inclosure may help with the quality of the tigers.

Overall it was a great experience. Would recommend it to anyone I see, I love the upfront interactions with a wide variety of animals. Just a couple of fix-ups and the wildlife park will be the best it can be. Would definitely recommend for anyone wanting to see other zoos over than the popular Werribee and Melbourne Zoos. I would love to see this park expanded someday, would definitely increase its popularity and for Ballarat. Keep up the good work.
Written 25 February 2022
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Melbourne, Australia375 contributions
Jan. 2022 • Family
What is really good about this wildlife park is that all the animals (mostly Australian) are close to the viewing paths or roaming free. My grandchildren were impressed with being able to feed and pat the many docile kangaroos. This would be a great place to bring international visitors so they can experience a vast array of our native animals. I agree with other reviews that the entry cost is a little steep.
Written 16 January 2022
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Melbourne, Australia2 contributions
Jan. 2022 • Family
Great little wildlife park with plenty of kangaroos to hand feed. My three year old had an amazing time. All animal enclosures are close to the walking paths making it easy for kids to spot the animals. Crocodile enclosure is great. Can get super close to a big saltie! Staff are lovely and helpful. If I lived closer I’d definitely get an annual pass
Written 8 January 2022
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Australia370 contributions
Jan. 2022
iThis is quite a nice park but could be a lot better. It is quite expensive to enter. There are some nice roaming kangaroos and some good exhibits like the meerkats and the reptile house.

Signage is pretty poor around the park; for example, the tiger enclosure is not well marked- you can only see what it is by looking at the map handout. More signs and map boards are needed. Signs at each place saying what the animals are and when the feedings times/shows are should be provided. The café is OK but does not compare with the café at Bird World.

The most disappointing aspect is what appears to be a lack of concern for, or thought about, visitor comfort and experience.

Some of the animals are not visible (for example the tigers, and Tasmanian Devils), which somewhat defeats the purpose of having them there; and in the reptile house a bench for small children to stand on could easily be provided, as in other zoos, to save parents having to lift them up all the time.

Here is one prime example. We went to see the fairy penguin show. Some people had clearly waited for ages. But at the last minute a lot of other people arrived and stood at the railing, effectively blocking the view of all the people sitting in tiered seats, who had been waiting for so long. Nobody policed this, although nobody except those latecomers could see underwater (if the penguins had decided to swim, which they didn’t) or even above the water. The person giving the show, although he must have clearly seen what was happening, didn't ask people to stand back. I suspect that nobody ever says anything. I was quite disgusted, really, and it spoilt my enjoyment of the visit.
Written 5 January 2022
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Melton South, Australia172 contributions
Jan. 2022 • Family
I wish I could have given this a 5/5 however, the price has knocked it back.

Firstly it's a really really good park, with Australian animals that you can get hands on with and up close. There were so many kangaroos just roaming around that you could go and feed. You buy some kangaroo food at the ticket booth and go nuts! The kids really really loved that! Even my husband and I did too!

There were some great exhibits, these include, reptiles, tortoise, iguanas, penguins, Komodo dragons, crocs, alligators, wombats, Tassie devils, koalas, eagle, emus, tigers, Dingoes, meerkats, alpacas (possibly more). The kangaroos, emus and alpacas were roaming around.

We paid for a koala encounter which was great value, $50 for upto 4 people. This prices included you going into the exhibit with the keeper, getting real close with them, patting them and receiving a digital photo. It lasted only about 5-10 minutes, which was fine. It was some great memories for us.

It was a very small park, we walked around it in probably an hour and a half. Once you've fed a few kangaroos, you've fed them all, and some were getting full because they didn't want the food anymore. We tried to stay at each section as long as possible before we headed to the koala experience.

There is a cafe there that you can eat in or takeaway food. My husband just ordered a coffee.

For the price
$35 for adults, $19 for kids under 5 free and $50 for the encounter, it got expensive with minimal to do. It would have been great of there was a play ground for kids, or a few more stops for kids to play at. Just so you really could spend the day. We had to try and find something to do for about an hour before the encounter.

Overall, it was a great fee hours out, we all loved feeding the kangaroos and patting the koala. Will definitely bring overseas family here for the experience!
Written 3 January 2022
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Ballarat, Australia5 contributions
Jan. 2021
Recommended tips from a lifetime customer:
> Buy a year pass for not much extra [after visiting 2 or 3 times it pays itself off]
> You can join the free tour to get free kangaroo and emu feed [don't need a buy a bag at the front]
> free-roaming kangaroos, alpacas, emus and birds as well as the park's dog
> Double check if the feedings are actually happening the day you are going - the crocodiles etc don't get fed every day
> They have added 2 x tigers, meerkats, fairy penguins and dingos over the past couple of years.
Written 5 December 2021
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Melbourne, Australia2,281 contributions
Nov. 2021
Small but nicely kept Wildlife park. You can purchase a bag of Kangaroo feed from the entry desk for $4, which I would recommend as the Kangaroos mooch around the park freely with the Emus. Although the encounters are suspended do to Covid restrictions, it is worth going to the various pens at feeding time, especially the Koalas who become very active.
Written 23 November 2021
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Mark G
Melbourne, Australia1,800 contributions
Nov. 2021
Really nice wildlife park.... There are Kangaroos and Emus wandering the grounds and you can feed the former which is wonderful. The Koala's were very active at feeding time. Great place!
Written 21 November 2021
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