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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  • Tour34426534373
    1 contribution
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Enjoyable day out
    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.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 8, 2023
  • Susan P
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wildlife park treasure
    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
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 10, 2023
  • Em S
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great day out with the Meerkats
    Great park visit, Nikki at reception was very friendly & helpful when phoning to book the Meerkat experience. Park is easy to walk around and has a wide range of animals both Australian and international. There are multiple keeper talks each day . The Meerkat experience was a great oppurtunity to get up close to these cute little animals. Great day out.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written June 6, 2024
  • Suyinsingapore
    Singapore, Singapore9 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good but pricey for small area
    Staff are friendly and visitors can see the animals upclose. Feeding of the kangaroos was fun though most of them seem too full to eat. It is not a very big space so one can easily complete the park in 2 hours. As it is very far from the city, would suggest combining this with a visit to other attractions to make the trek worthwhile.
    Visited June 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written June 7, 2024
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chrystal M
Bacchus Marsh, Australia49 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020 • Family
Had a lovely couple of hours here. Due to covid there was no presentations. You can feed the kangaroos, which is really fun. To see the zoo probably tales about an hour, so some might find this too expensive. I imagine this would be much better in warmer weather
Written June 15, 2020
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keenskier3481
Melbourne, Australia228 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020 • Couples
If not for all the kangaroos laying around the park it would be pretty boring.
One of the tiger enclosure was closed (resting) & if the other had a tiger we could not see it.
We were informed by staff that their eagle died 12 months ago & their looking for another!
There were no penguins as the enclosure was being cleaned!
Melbourne Zoo clean enclosures prior to opening.
At $35.00 per adult this is the same price as Melbourne Zoo & the zoo is 40 times bigger with animals.

Not worth the money

Written November 25, 2020
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Ert53
Australia403 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
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 January 5, 2022
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The Chunky Traveller.
Ballarat, Australia200 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
I was initially skeptical of the entry cost, a smoggy cold day, experience has taught me these aren’t the conditions suited for animal viewing. I am well happy to be proven wrong. The presentations were organised so you could move from one to another thus keeping you occupied the whole day. The keepers were organised and happy to answer questions and the cafe with the parrot Avery as a back drop made for a delicious and entertaining meal.
Well worth a trip.
Written January 6, 2020
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Thank you for visiting Ballarat Wildlife Park and for taking the time to write a TripAdvisor review. We're thrilled to receive your feedback and so glad we could exceed your expectations. Thank you for noting you were impressed by the presentations, the keepers and the cafe.
Written January 6, 2020
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traveller87
Melton South, Australia207 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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 January 3, 2022
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LucasT
Melbourne, Australia33 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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 February 25, 2022
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keenskier3481
Melbourne, Australia228 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
I personally think this is a great place to visit with children as they can interact/ touch the many kangaroos calmly laying on the grass.
This is not a Zoo, it is a Wildlife Park for Australian Native animals, therefore it does have tigers/lions etc.
A must see when your in Ballarat
Written January 14, 2020
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Thanks for visiting Ballarat Wildlife Park and for the great feedback! We're pleased to hear you enjoyed meeting the kangaroos.
Written January 23, 2020
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Hayleylauren1984
Ballarat, Australia2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
Such a lovely park! Staff were friendly and welcoming. I think the entry price reflects that its a locally owned and run park, not like the zoo for example that receives funding etc Animals seem content and well cared for, live in lovely enclosures. Cafe has a good range of food and drink, nice cosy spot to sit. I love that they also welcome bringing your own picnic too. Great place to relax and unwind. Highly recommend.
Written January 8, 2023
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The Wandering Reviewer
Melbourne, Australia11,971 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 May 25, 2021
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Aussie Travel
Geelong, Australia230 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Family
Our second visit was great, the kids loved feeding the kangaroos (too many) and seeing the penguins. The tigers are sad and unhappy though. It’s small enough to get around quickly. Kids enjoy patting the kangaroos. Unfortunately the shows were not open due to the fake virus the government is spreading
Written October 30, 2020
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