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Ballarat Wildlife Park, Ballarat
(4.3/5 based on 550+ reviews on the web)
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 holiday in Ballarat, and find out what else Ballarat has to offer, use our Ballarat trip builder.
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  • I am ashamed to say that I have lived in Ballarat for a year and have only just visited the park. They have a good range of native animals. It is lovely to have Roos and emus roaming and the park is i...  more »
  • The Ballarat Wildlife Park was a stop recently as part of our drive around Australia and it is a smaller park but really excellent set up. Heaps of roos you can feed everywhere, excellent interactive ...  more »
  • This is the Australian Wildlife Park is located in the town of Ballarat, at a distance of 100 km from Melbourne. After visiting the Melbourne Zoo is the place for us seemed a paradise free walking Kangaroo, llamas and ostriches emus, which can feed from the hands, stroking, and small kengurjat even take on hands. All the animals readily suited to visitors and taking pictures with them. The Tasmanian Devil is unusually creepy animal, especially when yelling, making a sound like diabolical laughter, and when not screaming, it was quite cute animal the size of a small dog.
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  • I visited today with my 2 year old and my neices who are over from the UK. We had a brilliant day out, the staff were so friendly and accommodating and to be able to get up close and personal with the animals was a really great experience. The park is not too big either so you can spend a lot of time wandering and going back to the enclosures if you wish. I will definitely be returning and recommending.
  • Shows were good. Kids loved the experiance but we had to wait a hour for our lunch,at least three families asked for a refund because of the wait,and no one got an apology for the wait. Spilt drinks had to be cleaned up by parents and most off the food had sold out. Was very disappointed
  • I didn't quite know what to expect, but WOW, professional setup, happy engaged staff with a great conversational style of talking about the wildlife. A definite visit option when you are in town (allow a good couple of hours 2-4). Of course the ability to get up close and personal with the roos and alpacas was great for kids and grown ups. I think they are very well fed :) by us punters. Reptile enclosure was good, the spitting cobra was in full spit mode (never seen that before). The presentation with their croc Crunch was amusing and informative. Very importantly, the coffee from the cafe was quite good and it looked like there was a rustic private picnic hut.
  • I aways drop in when in the area a very friendly place great for all ages and good photographers,would recommend a visit. Great staff and the animals are well cared for and look content .
  • Probably the best part about visiting Australia. SO MANY KANGAROOS. They're not caged up either. So you can feed them, pet them and even play with them if they're up for it. There's also emus wandering around that you can feed (although that's a bit scary). They have crocodiles and a reptile house as well. We even got to see the Komodo dragon devour a hunk of meat (only happens once every few weeks). The koalas were sleeping when we went.