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Travel – Ballarat Wild Life Park – Australia – Part 2

Ballarat Wildlife Park is a wildlife park which is highly interactive and located in Ballarat in Australia.

Activities In Ballarat Wildlife Park

11.00 am Guided Tour
• Go for an easy walk inside the facility guided by a friendly expert guide.
• In the tour, the guide will help you to get close to all famous Australian animals along with an informative and fun filled commentary.
On the tour you will:
– pat a koala
– see the ferocious sounding Tasmanian Devils
– feed Kangaroos
– meet and pat Patrick the Wombat
– see some of the most venomous Snakes of the world
– see giant Saltwater Crocodiles

• Available on:
– Saturdays
– Sundays
– Public holidays
– School holidays
• Interactive animal’s shows occur between 1:30 pm and 3:30 pm
Please see the show times below:
– 1:30pm – Snake Show
– 2:00pm – Koala Show
– 2:30pm – Wombat Show
– 3:00pm – Alligator Show (Saturdays) or Crocodile Show (Sundays)
– 3:30pm – Tasmanian Devil feed and Spotted-Tail Quolls Feed

• Runs on weekdays only between 1:30 pm and 3:30 pm.
– 1:30pm – Reptile round
– 2:00pm – Koala round
– 2:30pm- Wombat round
– 3:00pm Crocodile OR Alligator round
– 3:30pm Tasmanian Devil and Quoll round
Meet the keeper gives you the chance to see the animal keeper interacting with the animals. They can be observed:
– Feeding
– Cleaning
– Inspecting the enclosures

• Opens from 10 AM – 5 PM
• The reptile house is home to more than 40 varieties of species of reptiles. This includes:
– Frogs
– Lizards
– Snakes
– Turtles
– Alligators
– Crocodiles

• Watch thirteen koalas inside their natural habitat.
• They can be seen from the glass enclosed viewing platform.
• Don’t forget to drop by our Koala nursery.
• Here you can see our baby koalas with their mothers.

• In Ballarat Wildlife Park we offer photograph facility of you and one of the animals.
• This will keep your experience alive and unforgettable.
• All of our photo experiences are dependent on weather.
• It is import to ensure whether this facility is available on the day of your visit. You can choose between:
– a koala
– a snake
– a wombat
– a Giant Tortoise
• The prices range from $12.00 to $25.00.
• Extra copies are available at $10.00 each.
• Four people are allowed per photo.

There are hot and cold beverages available for the visitors in a fully licensed venue for cafe.

To make your visit memorable in Ballarat Wildlife Park there are souvenirs available for purchase in the shops. They range from:
– T-shirts
– Postcards
– Toys
– Others

• The Park has launched a brand new kids house party program.
• Please contact the park for more info on details and prices.

• Experience early colonial life inside a recreated 1840’s bushman’s hut.
• It caters for various different functions within our Bushman’s Hut that is fully enclosed and seats nearly sixty people. This center can be used for:
– Weddings
– Parties
– Work functions
– Meetings
– Contact the Wildlife Park for even more details.

• People to the Park can loosen off from the tranquil setting to enjoy their picnic.
• Watch the kangaroos and emus roaming freely in the Park.
Visitor Information Centre
• 43 Lydiard Street North
• Ballarat CBD
• (03) 5324 2888.

Places to see in Ballarat

1. Kryal Castle
• A medieval castle that is located about 8 kilometres out of Ballarat.
• It is situated on the Western Freeway. It has:
– royal accommodation
– restaurant
– re-enactments
– an interesting history
• The site has been refurbished by the new owners.
• It new site reopened in February of 2013.

2. Sovereign Hill, Magpie St.
• It is open every day except Christmas Day.
• The timings are from 10 AM-5 PM.
• It remains open till 5:50 PM in daylight saving.
• The “Disney Land” of Victoria is a recreated.
• 1850s goldmining town can be seen.
• The staff wears period costumes.
• Visitors can try their hand at panning for gold.
• $45 adult, $20.50 child.

3. Blood on the Southern Cross
• It opens from Monday to Saturday evenings and some Sundays.
• Opening Time varies.
• There is a 80-minute sound and light show.
• The show depicts the Eureka Uprising.
• $55 adult, $29.50 child.

4. Gold Museum
• It opens every day except Christmas.
• The timings are 9:30 AM-5:20 PM
• Sovereign Hill ticket gives entry to the museum as well.

5. Eureka Stockade Centre
• It opens every day except Christmas.
• Timings are 9 AM-4:30 PM
• Last entry is by 4 PM.
• The Eureka miners rebellion that took place in 1854 against license fees took place here.
• $8 adult, $4 child.

6. Others
• Ballarat Botanical Gardens
• Lake Wendouree

Best time to visit / climate

• Ballarat has a moderate oceanic climate.
• It has 4 seasons.
• Its elevation is at 435 meters above sea level.
• This causes its mean monthly temperatures to tend on average 3 – 4 degrees Celsius.
• Maximum temperatures over the summer period frequently exceed 30.0 °C and often reach above 40.0 °C.
• The mean daily maximum temperature for January is 25.0 °C.
• The mean minimum is 10.8 °C.
• In July, the mean maximum is 10.0 °C.
• Average July minimum is 3.2 °C.

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How to get there?

To reach Ballarat : By car
• Ballarat is about ninety minutes drive from Melbourne around the Western Freeway, M8.
• Alternatively, from Geelong consider the southern a part of the A300.
• From Bendigo and Castlemaine go ahead and take northern section of the identical highway.

To reach Ballarat : By train
• Frequent V/Line trains run from Southern Cross Station in Melbourne.
• The trip takes approx one hour and twenty minutes.
• Ballarat Station is in the core of the city.

To reach Ballarat : By plane
• Ballarat is not served directly by any commercial passenger flights.
• You have to fly to Melbourne.
• There’s an Airport Shuttle Bus between Ballarat and Melbourne’s main domestic and international airport, Melbourne airport.
• It is generally known as Tullamarine on some booking sites.
The shuttle bus costs
– $30 for adults
– $76 for families
– $16 for children 3 to 16
– Children under 3 are free
• There isn’t a direct connection between Melbourne’s secondary Avalon airport and Ballarat.
• The options are to either hire a car, or obtain the coach to Melbourne’s Southern Cross railway station.
• Then take train to Ballarat.

Get around
• The Ballarat Visitor Information Centre is really a short walk from the Station.
• It operates an amiable visitor shuttle bus.
• This service links on the main attractions and also to Buninyong Township.
• You can find your way around Ballarat using a bicycle.
• There are two choices for bicycle hire.
Bicycle Centre Ballarat
– 24 Armstrong Street Nth
– Ph: +61 3 5334 4388
– Fax: +61 3 5331 8155
Welcome Nugget
– Bicycles for Hire
– 128 Lydiard Street Nth
– Ph: 0423 268 618
– ballaratonabike@rocketmail.com

Some Travel Books on Australia

DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Australia In a Sunburned Country Frommer’s Australia (Frommer’s Color Complete)

Places to stay (hotels / restaurants along with website / contact numbers)

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