We recently visited Ballarat Wildlife Park after it was recommended as a great place to take the kids on the school holidays and we did not know how we had never heard about it, but we are ecstatic we do now!
A local gem to many, and a hidden one for us.
Opening all the way back in 1987, Ballarat Wildlife Park is a family run business that aims to give people an interactive experience with Australia’s favourite and most unique animals.
Located in Ballarat, about an hour out of Melbourne, the park is open seven days a week from 9am until 5pm every day of the year apart from Christmas Day.
Before you visit, you will want to check out their website to plan out your day to ensure you don’t miss out on the awesome animal shows or guided tours which are all included in your ticket price.
We arrived just before lunch time just in time to have a mingle with the kangaroos before the reptile show started and it is not to be missed! Not only do you get to get up close to the snakes and lizards but you also get educated by the knowledgeable staff who exude passion for their work and conservation efforts. The park also offer animal encounters where you can pay around $30 to have your photo professionally taken with one of the animals. We opted for the snake but there are also koalas, the giant tortoise and wombats.
The park itself is beautiful and well looked after. Over 100 kangaroo roam free and you’re able to get up close and pat them which the kids absolutely loved. There is also Kangaroo food that you can purchase for $4 before you enter and was well worth it for getting up close with them.
Other highlights included the crocodile feeding which is a definite must see, the little penguins and the giant sandpit as well as just walking around and absorbing the serene environment.
We stayed for around two and a half hours and enjoyed lunch at their cafe which had a range of hot food, sandwiches, drinks and ice-creams. When you first arrive, children are given a ticket to get a marshmallow on a stick from the cafe so they can toast it themselves on the bonfire, which was a lovely touch and something they had never done before.
With the next lot of school holidays just around the corner, Ballarat Wildlife Park should definitely be on your agenda. It was well worth every cent and provided a unique experience to what you would get at a zoo or farm. Book your tickets via the link below!
What: Ballarat Wildlife Park
Where: Cnr of York & Fussell Streets
Ballarat East, Victoria
When: Monday – Sunday
9:00am to 5:00pm
How much: $35.00 Adults, $29.00 Concession, $19.50 Children (5-15)
$95.00 Family – 2 Adults and up to 4 children
More info: https://wildlifepark.com.au/