Ballarat Wildlife Park


Ballarat’s popular wildlife park is strong on native fauna, with residents including Tasmanian devils, cassowaries, dingoes, quokkas, snakes, eagles and crocs. There are also animals from neighbouring countries, such as tree kangaroos from Papua New Guinea and a Komodo dragon from Indonesia. Animal encounters take place throughout the day – check the website for the schedule.

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Nearby Victoria attractions

1. Eureka Centre

0.45 MILES

Standing on the commemorative site of the Eureka Rebellion, this modern museum focuses on the momentous 1854 Battle of the Eureka Stockade. Multimedia…

2. Gold Museum

1.37 MILES

Sitting on an old mine across the road from Sovereign Hill, the family-friendly Gold Museum features multimedia exhibits, nuggets found in the area and…

3. Sovereign Hill


You’ll need to set aside at least half a day to visit this fascinating re-creation of Ballarat's 1860s gold-mining township. The site was mined in the…

4. Pioneer Miners' Monument

1.78 MILES

This city monument commemorates the discovery of gold at Poverty Point in 1851, which marked the beginning of the gold rush in Ballarat.

5. Lost Ones Gallery

1.79 MILES

Putting Ballarat's ornate architecture to good use, this contemporary gallery is set up inside an 1870s Masonic temple with a colonnaded facade. It's a…

6. Ballaarat Mechanics Institute

1.82 MILES

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7. Art Gallery of Ballarat

1.88 MILES

Established in 1884 and moved to its current location in 1890, the Art Gallery of Ballarat is the oldest provincial gallery in Australia. The…

8. Lake Wendouree

3.39 MILES

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