Ballarat Wildlife Park, Ballarat

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At Ballarat Wildlife Park, roam 15 hectares (37 acres) of natural bushland and hand-feed free-roaming kangaroos. Pet koalas and wombats and touch snakes, lizards, and a giant tortoise. Over 400 animal species call the park home, many of which you can learn about through guided tours and keeper-led shows. The entry fee includes a quick guided tour and the afternoon's interactive animal shows. You can enjoy additional animal experiences, such as having your photo taken with a koala, for an extra fee. If you visit in cooler weather, warm up by the cafe's fire. To visit Ballarat Wildlife Park on your trip to Ballarat, use our Ballarat trip builder site .
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  • I visited the park yesterday with my infant daughter and a friend and her 2 kids, aged 3 and 5 and everyone loved it! It was cool seeing the animals wandering freely and being able to give them a pat....  more »
  • Thoroughly enjoyed our visit. Lots to see and very informative. Staff very friendly and helpful. Good place for families. Kangaroos and emus wonder freely and quite happy with all the human attention ...  more »
  • Excellent place 116 kilometres from Melbourne this Ballarat, is a zoo - where you can interact with the animals, kangaroos are free and food can be given. There are Koalas, reptiles, Tasmanian Devils and other animals. The ninos.entre 5 and 15 years old pay children. If they are 2 adults and 2 children should be the family pack. But even more convenient is to buy it online because they have discounts. It is important to know that to give food to los.canguros I have to pay AUS $ 4. To Pat the Koalas another value. It can be picnic children and adults pass it very well.
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  • Great little park, I've done a few throughout the years with my friends or family visiting from overseas and this one is quite small but not too busy so we could actually see the animals quite well. The staff seemed to know the animals personality and all animals looked healthy and happy. 😄 Lots of kangaroos and koalas. Tasmanian devil feeding was impressive. The penguins were very cute and their population is growing which is great news.
  • The enclosures for non-mammals are quite small, but there are plenty of animals to look at and pat. Friendly kangaroos greet you as you enter the park, which is fantastic. There are alpacas and emus roaming as well, but they do not enjoy being touched. The animals in enclosures seem particularly active in the morning, so that may be the best time to go. Overall a really nice place with lots of cool animals, and good to go in the morning.
  • Where do I begin. The emu that tried to steal my food out of my pocket of course. Cheeky awesome bird! You gave me a fright and I moved very quickly into the reptile park where you ran around and waited for me at the exit but I saw you coming ha ha. I stayed inside and enjoyed the reptiles until you found someone else with food! Ha, I gotcha didn't I? Fed and pet kangaroos to my heart's content. Met little joeys, dingos, koalas, the biggest tortoise ever! A wombat and so much more. I loved this park. Add the friendly staff and this is a must see and do.
  • Very Impressed - Visited with Children 08/10/2017 and did not expect much. Entrance fee seemed pricey, but after seeing the animals and park it is worth every cent. Easy access, the animals are well cared for and some big surprises are there to see. Fantastic day out. Would recommend to anyone wanting to actually see a koala,kangaroo,emu,penguin, huge crocodile and yes you actually have interaction with them,(Not the crocodile).The Melbourne zoo had this feature but it is no more. Well done enjoyed the whole experience.
  • Expensive prices as in any gift shop. Great food, freshly made with love and consideration. Staff were very helpful. The wide range of reptiles is extremely commendable. The kangaroos not only want to eat all of your food but don't mind being patted or having their joeys touched. They're extremely friendly and curious.

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