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Reviewed March 29, 2018

My husband and I visited the park a couple of weeks ago. It was a bit of a trek by train and bus from Melbourne but was well worth it. As soon as we got in there were Kangaroos to greet us. Throughout the day we fed them with food we bought at the entrance for $4. They were very friendly and gentle.
The first enclosure we saw was the tortoise area. There was plenty of food available and the pool was full of fresh clean water with plenty of room for the tortoises.
We then went round the park visiting the reptile house, the penguins, koalas, wombats (asleep) alligators, crocodile etc.
Later on in the afternoon we enjoyed the presentations by the keepers for the reptiles, penguins, alligators and Tasmanian devil's. All very interesting and informative.
I would disagree with a previous reviewer regarding size of the reptile house and crocodile enclosures. We visited the Sealife centre in Melbourne previous to our visit to Ballarat and I would say the space available for the animals was of a similar size.
The crocodile in the Sealife centre was I think much bigger than at Ballarat with a correspondingly similar living space.
All the staff were friendly and helpful and very knowledgeable.
A very good day out. I would go again and possibly stay over and do Sovereign Hill the next day as we did not get to do it on this visit.

Date of experience: March 2018
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Julie-Anne R, Marketing Manager at Ballarat Wildlife Park, responded to this reviewResponded April 3, 2018

Thanks for taking the time to review us and great to hear you enjoyed your day.

I will pass on your kind words to our staff.

We look forward to seeing you again.

Best regards

Julie-Anne

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Reviewed March 19, 2018 via mobile

The variety of animals is good and the staff is friendly.

However in our point of view the keeping of a lot of the animals was not really species-appropriate. Probably regarding law they are but anyhow to us a lot of the animals appeared irritated or absent.

The worst of all was the reptile house, where snakes are kept in tiny terrariums where they could barely move and a big turtle was in one where the water area was maybe 2-3 times the size of the turtle itself. The pool of the big saltie crocodile was the size of a small pool.

The kangaroos wait for you at the entrance, but not because they are enthusiastic - they want the dry food you paid four additional dollars for a small pack, but we didn't care about the money. It only scared us that kangaroos appeared absent and even they were moving they looked very tired and not happy. We saw lots of wild kangaroos all over Australia, also in public parks and nowhere we saw them like that. The kangaroos are free in the park and can go back to the picnic areas to rest. In general I think it's a good idea, but these resting areas were very desolate, there was nearly no grass - completely barren. Maybe if there would be grass the park couldn't make that much profit, because the kangaroos were not completely related to the dry food of the customers?

The enclosures of a lot of other animals, including wombats, Tasmanian devils and also especially the birds were quite small as well. The biggest bird in a small enclosure was looking extremely sad and wobbled on its stick.

For sure the park will say the animals are kept to Victorian laws, but it seems the law doesn't always provide enough protection and an appropriate living space for animals.
I would even think parks that calling itself wildlife parks would provide more to the animals than required by law and don't act as profit-oriented as zoos.

We have been to healesville sanctuary two days later, because our flight was cancelled / delayed and thought it's more commercial because its more popular. But we were fascinated how respectful the animals were kept there. Much bigger enclosures, there were bird enclosures that had half the size of ballarat wildlife park. And the animals were kept in distance to humans. For sure you have to pay twelve instead of four dollars to encounter kangaroos there, but if I had known everything before I had rather payed a bit more knowing to interact a few minutes with kangaroos that can relax the rest of the day in green grass instead of interacting with some in ballarat that have to wait for four dollar dry food of the customers the whole day and have no private space to relax.

I understand that ballarat wildlife park has probably a lower budget, but then they should maybe reduce the variety of their species and care for them in an more appropriate way.

I can't understand why this park has so much good reviews, probably because you can feed dozens of kangaroos for free and can take pictures etc. But this is not the main reason why people should go there... It's at the expense of the animals when they get dry food all the day and to much people are around them without even a private spot with grass to escape. Sad.

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed March 17, 2018 via mobile

We took our 4 year olds to see Aussie Animals and we had a great experience. We fortunate to see all the animals very active especially the koalas.

We purchased a bag of animal food and as soon as we entered the Kangroos were swarming round for the food, which at first was a little bit of a shock but a great experience feeding and stroking them. Even our young girls enjoyed feeding the young joeys.
The Koala experience was great, Humphrey was wide awake and unlike other places we were allowed to softly stroke him.
We managed to see majority of the animals and would have love to have been their when the crocodile was being fed, he was huge.
Overall it was a great family experience interacting with the Australian animals, would certainly recommend a visit.

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank twinpeps
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Julie-Anne R, Marketing Manager at Ballarat Wildlife Park, responded to this reviewResponded March 19, 2018

Thank you so much for taking the time to review your visit and great to hear you enjoyed your day.

Yes our 100 free roaming gentle Kangaroos love being fed and as soon as they see that brown paper bag of food, they get very excited.

We look forward to seeing you again.

Best regards

Julie-Anne

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Reviewed March 12, 2018 via mobile

Thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the Wildlife Park. We got there early on a public holiday, and although there were a lot of cars in the car park, the park didn’t feel crowded at all.

We purchased a bag of animal food on the way in and enjoyed feeding the friendly kangaroos, emus and alpacas.

The day we visited we were lucky enough to see every animal except one, and most of the animals were awake and active.

All the staff were friendly, and the park was very clean and easy to get around. Would recommend to friends.

Date of experience: March 2018
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Julie-Anne R, Marketing at Ballarat Wildlife Park, responded to this reviewResponded March 13, 2018

Great to hear you enjoyed your visit and thanks for taking the time to let us know about your experience.

We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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Julie-Anne

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Reviewed March 11, 2018 via mobile

Lots to see and do the new crocodile exhibition is great, take lunch or eat there so much room to have a picnic.

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank lindsaycrew
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Julie-Anne R, Marketing at Ballarat Wildlife Park, responded to this reviewResponded March 13, 2018

Fantastic to hear you had a great day at the Park and thanks for your review.

Yes it is a great spot to have a picnic. You can bring your own or our Brolga café has many great options.

See you again.

Best regards

Julie-Anne

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