Set on 15 hectares the Ballarat Wildlife Park is a great place to visit and encounter Australian wildlife.
With more than 80 kangaroos roaming the park the opportunity for a close encounter is excellent.
The kangaroo is probably one of Australia's most recognised wildlife and is also another marsupial that's popular with tourists. There are over 60 species of kangaroos and their close relatives which include wallabies, wallaroos, tree-kangaroos and forest wallabies. The larger red kangaroo is found in arid regions and the eastern and western grey Kangaroos are found in great numbers across much of southern part of Australia.
The kangaroos were very friendly and totally unafraid of people as they wandered nearby.
The Park has a number of koalas and an opportunity to have your photo taken with a koala is a popular activity with visitors. The koala is a tree-dwelling, herbivorous marsupial with thick fur making it one of the most popular Australian animals with visitors. They eat fibrous Eucalyptus leaves which are low in nutrition so they can sleep for up to 18 hours a day.
There is an interactive koala activity is on daily at 2.00 p.m.
There are a number of exhibits with Tasmanian Devils. These endangered animals (due to facial tumours) are one of our favourites. The Tassie Devil is the world's largest surviving carnivorous marsupial. They have a thick-set, squat build and their markings are unique.
An interactive exhibit with Tasmanian Devils and Spotted Quolls is scheduled each day at 3.30 p.m.
This wombat wandered out of its comfortable burrow so we could capture a great shot. The wombat is the largest burrowing mammal in Australia. They look cute and cuddly and are very solidly built. The wombat is nocturnal coming out at night to graze. In winter months you can also see them grazing during the day.
There's an interactive wombat display at 2.30 daily.
The Park also has a reptile house with a range of lizards, snakes and other reptiles on display. An interactive reptile presentation is held at 1.30 each day.
The Park is open every day except Christmas Day and tickets reasonably priced.