Located five minutes from Sovereign Hill, Ballarat Wildlife Park is the only regional zoo of its kind on such a large scale. Find here more than 100 kangaroos roaming around freely, and experience hand-feeding them. You can also interact with koalas, wombats, and a giant tortoise. The reptile collection here is one of the largest private collections in Australia and includes over 400 individual animals of both native and exotic origins. They also have an 'Animal Experience' where you can get a professionally clicked photo of you and an animal as a souvenir to take home. Ballarat Wildlife Park also has a fully licensed cafe where you can take away a meal.

Ballarat Wildlife Park: COVID-19 Safety Measures Update

To ensure safety for visitors, the staff and volunteers have developed a comprehensive plan that includes increased sanitization efforts, physical distancing measures, sanitizer dispensers, and areas with reduced or no access.

  • Animal encounters now take place both on weekdays and weekends.
  • The cafe will be open for takeaway only with access to some outdoor seating provided around the park.
  • The reptile and indoor crocodile houses are now open with limited numbers. You may still see the alligators, Komodo dragon, and other reptiles in the outdoor exhibits.
  • Some areas will be one-way only.
  • The play area near the penguin enclosure is now open.
  • Presentations are now running, face masks will be required.
  • Ballarat Wildlife Park will conduct scheduled sanitizing of common facilities throughout the day.
  • Hand sanitizing is recommended regularly throughout your visit.
  • Social distancing must be practiced at all times.
  • If you are feeling unwell/presenting with COVID-19 symptoms, please delay your visit until you are sure that you are healthy and safe.

Why Visit Ballarat Wildlife Park

From hand-feeding friendly kangaroos to patting koalas, cuddling wombats, and seeing 'Crunch' the 5-meter super croc as well as the two Sumatran tigers, there's plenty of excitement awaiting you at Ballarat Wildlife Park. You can even have your photo taken as a memento of the experience! Immerse yourself in the daily tour, as well as conservation presentations. Learn about southern cassowaries, giant tortoises, emus, and dingoes, and see cute meerkats digging around the park. The reptile house is home to snakes, frogs, and lizards. Ballarat Wildlife Park is also home to the world's smallest penguin species!

Your Ballarat Wildlife Park Ticket Explained

Your all-day access Ballarat Wildlife Park ticket includes a guided tour (scheduled to take place at 11:00 AM on the weekends only) with a local guide who will give you the inside scoop on some of the park's most popular species - some of which you can even touch and feed! You can also access the park’s daily shows and presentations.

Best Way To Buy Ballarat Wildlife Park Tickets

The best way to buy your tickets is if you book them online. That way you get to plan your itinerary according to your leisure, as well as avoid the long ticketing queues and waiting times. 

Discounted Ballarat Wildlife Park Tickets

Infants aged 0-4 enter free of charge. Children aged 5-15 enjoy reduced ticket pricing (carry a valid photo ID).

What to Do at Ballarat Wildlife Park

Plan Your Visit to the Ballarat Wildlife Park

Here's all you need to know before heading out to the Ballarat Wildlife Park.

Timings
Getting There
Best Time to Visit
Dining
Nearby Accommodation

Ballarat Wildlife Park is open daily from 9 AM to 5 PM (closed on Christmas Day).

Animal Encounter timings:

  • Tree Kangaroo $50 – 11 AM (not suitable for children under 12 years)
  • Koala $50 – 11:30 AM
  • Meerkat $80 – 12:15 PM (not suitable for children under 9 years)
  • Koala $50 – 1:30 PM
  • Giant Tortoise $50 – 2 PM
  • Snake $50 –  2:30 PM
  • Wombat $50 – 3:30 PM
  • By Bus: Catch bus #20 to the Ballarat Wildlife Park stop.
  • By Car: Ballarat Wildlife Park is approximately 2 hours away from Melbourne.
  • By Train: The train from Southern Cross (Melbourne) to Ballarat takes 1h 25m including transfers and departs hourly.

Half a day is plenty of time to see everything at your own pace at the Ballarat Wildlife Park. If visiting in summer, get there early to avoid the heat.

The cafe at Ballarat Wildlife Park will be open for takeaway only with access to some outdoor seating provided around the park. You can use these to have a picnic.

  • Budget: Ballarat Eureka Lodge Motel, Miner’s Retreat Motel
  • Mid-Range: BIG4 Ballarat Goldfields Holiday Park, Sovereign Park Motor Inn
  • Luxury: Ballarat Premier Apartments

Must-Visit Attractions Around Ballarat Wildlife Park

Soverign Hill

Established in 1970, Soverign Hill is an open-air museum in Golden Point that portrays the first 10 years of Ballarat after gold was discovered there in 1851. Go here to enjoy a fun learning experience with costumed characters, horses, and cats that displays what life was back in the Victorian Goldfields. See the amazing gold pour where $160,000 worth of gold is melted and converted into a 3 kg bullion or watch the outdoor show Aura, an after-dark theatrical experience. While you’re at it, dress-up and take photographs with your friends in the old-timey photography studio!

The Art Gallery of Ballarat

The oldest and largest regional Australian gallery, the Art Gallery of Ballarat was established in 1884. It is home to Australian art from colonial to the contemporary periods. Discover here works of Fred Williams, Sidney Nolan, Clarice Beckett, Arthur Boyd, and other famous artists.  The heritage-listed Gallery building also hosts temporary exhibitions and often puts on shows inspired by the works in the gallery.

Ballarat Botanical Gardens

A fantastic place to spend time with the whole family, the Ballarat Botanical Garden is 40 hectares and has an Ex-Prisoner of War Memorial which honors the many thousands of prisoners held during the World Wars, and the Korean War. There are also a marvelous assortment of mature trees and marble statues that are set in vivid bedding displays. Enjoy walking around and relaxing in the garden’s peaceful environment while trying delicious food from the eateries from here.

Visitor Tips

  • You can buy kangaroo food at the entrance to feed kangaroos.
  • Photos of your Animal Encounter will be ready within 60 minutes of having the experience and can be collected from the staff in the Gift Shop.
  • Please Note: Animal Encounter experiences can be cancelled at short notice for a number of reasons. To avoid disappointment please call before arrival to ensure they are running.
  • If temperatures run above 34 degrees Celsius, Koala Encounter experiences may have to be cancelled or rescheduled.
  • During winter, the Giant Tortoise as well as Snake Animal Encounter experiences may be cancelled due to the cold weather.

Ballarat Wildlife Park: FAQs

What is Ballarat Wildlife Park?

Ballarat Wildlife Park is an interactive wildlife park that was opened by Greg Parker in 1987. The Park is situated on 37 acres of natural bush land.

Is Ballarat Wildlife Park open post-COVID-19?

Yes, the park is open with safety measures in place.

Where is Ballarat Wildlife Park located?

It is located in Ballarat, Australia.

What are the opening hours at Ballarat Wildlife Park?

Ballarat Wildlife Park is open daily from 9 AM to 5 PM (closed on Christmas Day).

What’s the best time to visit Ballarat Wildlife Park?

If visiting in summer, get there early to avoid the heat.

How much time do you need at the Ballarat Wildlife Park?

It usually takes half a day to see everything at your own pace at the Ballarat Wildlife Park.

How much do Ballarat Wildlife Park tickets cost?

Tickets cost AU$31.5 for adults. Children aged 5-15 can avail tickets at the cost of AU$17.5. Infants aged 4 and under can enter for free.

What is included in the Ballarat Wildlife Park ticket?

You get an all-day pass that includes access to the daily animal shows and presentations, as well as a guided tour at 11 AM (during the weekend only).

Is outside food allowed in Ballarat Wildlife Park?

Yes, you can even picnic with your family here.

What type of dining options does Ballart Wildlife Park offer?

There is a cafe inside the park. However, to conform with COVID-19 safety measures, the food here is only available as takeaway options at the moment.

What is the cancellation policy for Ballarat Wildlife Park tickets?

These tickets cannot be canceled, amended, or rescheduled.

Is Ballarat Wildlife Park wheelchair accessible?

There are wide accessible paths into most areas of the Park enabling inclusion by children who use wheelchairs. All toilets within the park have disabled access.