Ballarat Wildlife Park
The best Australian
wildlife experiences by experts
If you’re starting to plan for your next Australian holiday, what better advice can you get than from the Travel Consultants?
We spoke to several Travel Consultants who are certified Aussie Specialists about their most memorable Aussie wildlife encounters - be it in the wild or in the sanctuaries and farms.
Follow their lead and start planning your next Australian adventure!
Whale-watching in Hervey Bay, Queensland
MARIA KARLA CERVANTES
Travel Advisor, Chan Brothers Travel
"I have always had this fascination with whales ever since I was a kid. And during my first ever visit to Australia, I was lucky enough to see these magical creatures face to face when we went on a boat tour from Hervey Bay – considered to be the country’s whale-watching capital.
"During the tour, we’ve had sightings of about eight to 10 whales and mind you, that was just for half a day! So if you are someone who’s been dreaming of a personal and up-close whale encounter, head to Hervey Bay between July to October and I’m sure you will have a wonderful experience that you will never forget."
Why WA also stands for Wildlife Adventure!
Global Partnership Marketing Manager, CheapTickets.sg
"I have been fortunate to travel from Singapore to Western Australia both pre- and post-baby and can confirm it's an ideal destination to experience some of the best of Australian wildlife, both in the wild and in the sanctuaries and farms that you can interact with the animals in.
"We started our family journey by meeting the koalas in Caversham Wildlife Park. While you are not able to hold them in Western Australia, you can get close and touch these fabulous creatures as well as kangaroos, wombats, birds, and even snakes. Travelling down to Cape Naturaliste, we joined a whale watching trip and saw seven humpback whales - they came so close! I was so excited and holding our daughter so didn't get enough pictures but my husband captured the moments in a holiday video.Show more
The Happiest wildlife experience in Tasmania
Outbound Tour Consultant, Dynasty Travel
"It was truly amazing when I went to Cradle Mountain in Tasmania to experience travelling around and searching for wildlife.
"Staying the night in Cradle Mountain, will offer you the chance to meet wild animals like wombats and wallabies. I stayed at Cradle Mountain Hotel, in a great location, where I met wallabies searching for food after my dinner just outside our restaurant. Also, in the early morning when I opened the curtains and looked out from my room’s balcony, I was greeted by adorable wallabies right in front of me. Don't forget to close your balcony door, as one might just join you in bed!
"Another must do is to have a walk in the morning before you check out of the hotel. The ‘Nature walk to encounter wild animals’ gives you the best chance of meeting the wombats and wallabies in their natural surroundings.
Meet kangaroos at Ballarat Wildlife Park, Victoria
Travel Concierge Manager, UOB Travel
"My friends and I had a fantastic time in the Ballarat Wildlife Park - this is a great place to see Australian wildlife. Apart from hundreds of kangaroos and a handful of emus hanging around in the park, you get to see many other well-tended animals such as alpacas, koalas, birds, meerkats, penguins, wombats and many more. There are exhibitions of snakes, crocodiles and a wide variety of exotic reptiles.
"We purchased food for the kangaroos at the entrance of the wildlife park. With food in our hands, many kangaroos approached us - they are so friendly and you can pat them and take photos with them.
"Only a few places in Australia allow cuddling of koalas, and Victorian laws do not allow us to hold or carry one. Nevertheless, the Koala Experience let us get up close and personal with a koala, allowing us to pat this cutie and have our photos taken. Similar experiences are available with snakes, wombats and Ballarat's infamous Giant Tortoise - all at an additional cost.
"After a wonderful day in the huge park, we finished with a nice coffee break at the café located within the park."