Ballarat Wildlife Park is a regional zoo situated only five minutes from Sovereign Hill in Victoria.
The Park is owned by Greg Parker, who established the sanctuary in 1987. Set on 32 acres of woodland, the Park is home to a variety of Australian native mammals and reptiles, with one of the largest private collections in Australia. There are about four hundred animals altogether. Ballarat Wildlife Park has grown from a small local attraction to a significant tourist attraction for national and international visitors.
On weekends, public holidays and school holidays, the park runs interactive animal shows and feeding sessions in the afternoon including a Snake show, Koala show, Wombat Show, Alligator or Crocodile show and Spotted Tail Quoll feeding. There is a public Guided Tour each day running between 11.00am and 12.00pm. The Park has a colony of Tasmanian Devils
The Koala Enclosure has about fifteen koalas which can be viewed in a natural setting from a glass paneled viewing platform. At the Koala Nursery you can see mother koalas with their babies. You can get your photo taken with a Koala – see the Park office for details when you arrive. Kangaroos and emus wander freely through the park.
The Reptile House at Ballarat has one of the largest reptile collections in the country, and visitors can see snakes, lizards, turtles and tortoises, alligators and crocodiles, as well as various frog species. Ballarat has the biggest collection of crocodiles and alligators in southern Australia.
Facilities at the Park include a café serving hot and cold food and drinks, or you can bring your own and have a picnic lunch in the park The gift shop souvenirs such as books, T-shirts, CDs and toys. The Bushman’s Hut caters for various functions such weddings, parties, work functions.
Ballarat Wildlife Park is located at the corner of York Street and Fussell Street in Ballarat, East Victoria. The Park is open from 9.00 am to 5.30 pm every day except Christmas Day.