Ballarat Wildlife Park is similar to the Healesville Sanctuary but it is
much smaller. It has a couple unique features that make it a worthwhile
visit. First, you can get your photo taken with a Koala Bear. You can’t
actually hold the Koala but I did pet them while they were taking my
picture. Second, they sell food for you to feed to the kangaroos. That makes
for very friendly kangaroos.
As soon as I entered the park a kangaroo came hopping right over. He was a
very smart kangaroo. Most of the kangaroos hang out at the picnic area
on the back side of the park. There were not too many by the entrance.
By waylaying customers at the entrance this kangaroo gets to eat without
competition. However, you should save some of your food for the picnic
Friendly kangaroos are both good and bad for photography. You
can get real close. The problem actually is staying far enough away for
the camera to focus. Every time I knelt down the kangaroos would come
over looking for food. It is hard to take a picture of a kangaroo that
is two inches away from you.
Once you run out of food try scratching the kangaroos under the chin.
They really seem to like that.