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Ballarat Wildlife Park

by Bizee Kidz (follow)
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Having in-laws in Ballarat means we make the trip up quite often, but usually just for friends and family visits and not much exploring. Now that Miss E is three, I want her to explore a bit of her daddy's home town.

Petting a python

On the weekend we spent the day at the Ballarat Wildlife Park and we had a great day out. The park is relatively small by standards of Healesville and Melbourne Zoo, but that adds to the charm. We were there on a public holiday but were able to see all the animals we wanted and there were no crowds to wade through.

Petting a python

The best thing about the park is the interactive experiences they offer with the animals. Every hour or so there is a talk where they bring out the animals for the visitors to learn about and even pet. My two got to pat a python and a dingo. These are all included in the admission price, but there are also upgrades you can buy to have close personal encounters with the koalas, womats, snakes or giant tortoises.

Petting a python

The animals seem quite happy for visitors to come and interact with them and even outside of the talks, we pet a wallaby, a kangaroo and some alpacas. We were also lucky enough to sit right up near a kangaroo that had a joey hopping in and out of her pouch.

Petting a python

Ballarat Wildlife park also has crocodiles, a reptile house, large birds, giant tortoises, sheep, emus and a cassowary amongst others. The park will have penguins by the end of June.

Ballarat Wildlife Park is about an hour and a half drive from Melbourne and about about a 10 minute drive from the Ballarat CBD. Tickets are $33 per adult with kids under 5 having free admission. RACV members 20% off.

Where: 250 Fussell St, Ballarat Central VIC
Website: wildlifepark.com.au

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