Ballarat Wildlife Park
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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Yattikorn Krittayanurak
Bangkok, Thailand16 contributions
Oct. 2023 • Friends
Incredible place to visit local animals like penguins, tasmanian devils, koalas, kangaroos and many reptiles. Worth 2-hour of travel from Melbourne to Ballarat. I have a chance to attend Koala encounter and it was amazing. All of the staffs there were super nice and friendly, specially thanks to Michelle who supported us during Koala encounter session. Kangaroos were walking freely in the park and they were very tame which you can feed foods by your hand. Didn't have a chance to observe Wombat as they're sleeping in the den. I'll recommend everyone to visit this place!
Written 28 October 2023
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Susan P
1 contribution
Sep. 2023 • Couples
A beautifully laid out zoo with plenty of interesting animals. the talk about the
tigers was great and most informative. Highlights include two magnificent tigers, cute meerkats, corroboree frogs (Australia's smallest (a pig nosed tortoise), a wedge-tailed eagle (huge!), a photo junkie emu and free range kangaroos and pigeons enjoying the park. Well worth spending a few hours here
Written 10 September 2023
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Dan G
Washington DC, DC162 contributions
Sep. 2023 • Solo
We were in the Melbourne area for a few days, while my partner was at a conference, and I went looking for a good Australian experience (we are North American visitors), and I found the Ballarat Wildlife Park. Getting there took some planning, because I didn’t want to rent a car, but, with the help from the tourist office in Geelong, where we were staying, I found a bus back and forth to the park. The hour and a half bus trip through the countryside and little towns was itself very interesting. The wildlife park was spectacular: kangaroos wandering everywhere, and loads of other animals in enclosures, from koalas to little penguins to komodo dragons to a Sumatran tiger, and much more. Obviously, people with kids will enjoy it, but I was alone and yet loved every minute. I didn’t take advantage of the various meet-the-animal and hold-an-animal events, but they might be fun (though they charge a lot for the events where you get your picture taken with an animal). The coffee shop and snack bar was fine. All told, the two-plus hours I spent in the park were a highlight of my time in Australia.
Written 9 September 2023
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1 contribution
Sep. 2023 • Family
Visiting Ballarat from NZ for the first time as family have moved there. Really enjoyed the visit here - good variety of animals and plenty of photo opportunities.

Gentle slopes in the main which make it easy to walk around. Allow at least half a day to try and take it all in. Lots of demonstrations / feeding time events.
Written 8 September 2023
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Sharon G
Whyalla, Australia134 contributions
Sep. 2023 • Couples
Absolutely brilliant place, the animals are so well kept and the gardens and paths are so easy to get around. Enjoyed every moment especially the baby koala and the tiger.
Written 8 September 2023
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Karen B
Mooroolbark, Australia266 contributions
Jul. 2023 • Family
Great hidden gem -never knew it was here but so worth a visit. Set out really well and the talks and the talks with the staff members are informative
Written 2 July 2023
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John C
Nottingham, UK1 contribution
May 2023 • Family
We really enjoyed our visit to the Ballarat Wildlife Park. The atmosphere was relaxed and the staff were friendly, helpful and informative. As visitors from the UK we found it a great place to learn about and get up close to Australia's iconic wild animals. We were even able to feed the Kangaroos. An ideal venue for a day out with the family.
Written 12 June 2023
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Paul P
Melbourne, Australia232 contributions
Mar. 2023
How to do it. I am not a great fan of keeping animals penned up but if they are, all care must be made to ensure they are happy. I suspect the animals here would not want to leave. The park is very well run and the facilities for the animals are excellent. The kangaroos have free reign and are flanked by heaps of pigeons who are I suspect drop ins. It is an easy park to find your way around and they have encounter sessions you can partake in. One negative note is that I think they are a tad pricey .
The staff are all very friendly and helpful.
You can purchase some feed for the selected group of animals that can eat that particular diet. Don't worry you will know them as they come up looking for a feed, watch your tour map! Check times as for example the tiger is not always out but tigers are a dime a dozen! Oh, the Tasmanian tiger is stuffed.
Written 10 April 2023
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angelC3476SL
Auckland, New Zealand181 contributions
Mar. 2023 • Couples
Had a great time here spending several hours wandering around and git up close and personal with a snake.
The kangaroos come up to meet you and let you feed them, they also have areas they can relax and nit be disturbed if they'd rather not interact. Crunch the crocodile is massive, loved seeing the dingos being fed and hearing them howl to each other prior to that. Koalas, reptiles, alpacas, penguins, meerkats, Tasmanian Devils and many more - very easy to spend a lot of time here. Good cafe on site and clean toilets around the park.
Written 6 April 2023
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Amber W
Melbourne, Australia14 contributions
Feb. 2023 • Friends
Lovely staff and zoo. Cafe was very good too. Good range of vegetarian options if you need. Prices are like normal cafe prices. The park it’s self is very clean. Toilets are clean and accessible easily. They have many animal encounters, I didn’t have time to do but next time I will be! Hand feed the kangaroos and then head to see CRUNCH 🐊 the show at 3pm is awesome, learn about how he got to the park and see him leap out of water to get his yummy chicken! Will be back.
Written 18 February 2023
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