I’m from a town called Ballarat, which is located just over an hours drive from Melbourne, Australia. When Alex and I were visiting Australia we decided to spend an afternoon hanging with Aussie animals at the Ballarat Wildlife Park.
Before arriving, Alex asked how big the park was. I hadn’t been there in well over a decade and replied, “well my 10 year old self thought it was huge
!” Most people have had the experience of thinking something was massive as a child, only to return as an adult and discover that the place or thing is, well, rather small.
The Wildlife park is not that big, but even as an adult I loved it, so did Alex. I think the best thing about this place is that you will be wandering around the park with not only humans but a bunch of wallabies, no not small kangaroos! OK they look like small kangaroos, same family, but we call them wallabies. To be perfectly honest, they are a lot nicer than big scary kangaroos as they are nowhere near as aggressive.
Anyway, back to the park. Its focus is on Australian wildlife and you can see of course Koalas, Wallabies, Kangaroos, Wombats, Crocodiles and Tasmanian Devils, just to name a few. You can take a picnic and hang out there for the day and it is a great place for both children and adults. They have shows throughout the day, and we caught the feeding of the Tassie Devils, which was really cool. Those little creatures really are crazy and despite their cute little faces are hungry and snappy!
Tickets for adults are $25 and $15 for children (4-15), which might seem a little pricey, but if you have traveled all the way to Australia, I’m going to be bet you want to see some of these creatures. Here is the link
to a map to find it and opening hours are from 9 – 5:30, 7 days a week, except Christmas. I highly recommend this childhood favourite of mine if you find yourself in Melbourne, Australia.