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Wildlife & zoos

Head outdoors and make the most of the many wildlife-viewing opportunities all around the Goldfields. See everything from kangaroos, koalas and wallabies to crocodiles, emus and Tasmanian Devils.


Wander through national, state and regional parks and observe wildlife in their natural settings. Stroll down a bush track and look out for kangaroos, wallabies, echidnas and koalas. For the birdwatchers there a number of parks that are home to rare native species including the swift parrot, bush stone curlew and barking owl.

Evening wanderings

Get close to nature and wildlife on an overnight stay in bush accommodation. Enjoy a glass of wine on your balcony at dusk and observe kangaroos, wombats and others coming out in search of an evening feed.

Animal conversations

Take the kids and visit the Ballarat Wildlife Park for an up close experience with koalas, wombats, emus, kangaroos, crocodiles as well as Australia's largest colony of Tasmanian Devils. Later on have a bush barbecue and check out the reptile house.

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Wildlife & zoos

National parks & reserves

Paddys Ranges State Park

Well-known for its wildflowers in springtime, Paddys Ranges State Park is home to 30 types of orchids and more than 140 native bird species like the...

Wildlife, zoos & farms

Ballarat Bird World

At Ballarat Bird World visitors can see the colours of Australian bird life. Only a short 7 minute drive from Sovereign Hill. We are open of a...

Wildlife, zoos & farms

Ballarat Wildlife Park

Ballarat Wildlife Park is an award winning Park that is owned and operated by Greg Parker and his family. Founded in February 1985 through a passion...


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