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Healesville Sanctuary

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Badger Creek Road, Healesville, Victoria 3777, Australia
+61 3 5957 2800
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Healesville Sanctuary and Yarra Valley Day Trip from Melbourne
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Healesville Sanctuary, in the heart of the Yarra Valley, is world-renowned as the best place to see Australian wildlife in their natural habitat. Set in a beautiful natural environment, the Sanctuary offers a place for people and animals to reconnect with nature from creek to canopy, and plays a critical role in saving some of the world's most endangered animals. Explore the 70 acre bushland haven to experience close-up encounters with some of Australia's unique and endearing wildlife, including koalas, kangaroos, wombats, emus, dingoes, birds of prey and platypus. Visitors are also free to explore the Australian Wildlife Health Centre, a working vetinary hospital treating over 1500 orphaned, ill or injured wildlife every year. The expert team shares the journey of animal rescue, rehabilitation and release with the Sanctuary's visitors. Don't miss: Spirits of the Sky: A free flight presentation featuring Australian raptors such as the Wedge Tailed Eagle, and colourful parrot species. Tales from Platypus Creek: Come face-to-face with Healesville Sanctuary's most iconic species in a world-first interactive Platypus show. Observe Platypus as they interact with keepers, play in the water and even enjoy having their tummies tickled! Wade with the Platypus: In this world-first, hands-on experience it will be your turn to be the Platypus keeper. You will have the opportunity to step into the shallow water of the 'Platypus play pool' where it's normally the keeper's job to play, frolic, tickle and feed our little furry friends.
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Badger Creek Road, Healesville, Victoria 3777, Australia
+61 3 5957 2800
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We got off the plane and got to our place and dropped off our bags. Why do this so quickly? Because the Sanctuary was the place we must visit while we were out that side of Melbourne. Only 46km from where we were staying, the...More

Thank MiloandNatalie
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

What a great sanctuary this is....not a zoo, but a place where native animals are cared for. Breeding programmes, research, and breeding programmes for endangered species. A must go !!!

Thank bloomingfield
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went on the 'Wine and Wildlife' weekend and were not very impressed. As an event, it was overcrowded and poorly managed. I got in a queue for a glass of wine lwhile my wife lined up for food. When she got the overpriced and...More

1  Thank Dan G
Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been to many, many zoos here and overseas and I think Healesville Sanctuary is a great zoo to spend a day. The sanctuary is situated in beautiful bushland and it's the natural habitats that the animals are displayed in that I like; and...More

Thank GlobeTrotters4001
Reviewed 1 week ago

i have been to ballarat wildlife park few years ago and went to healesville sanctuary just few days ago. ballarat wildlife park is far much better than healesville. at healesville, you cant feed the kangaroo (no feeding zone like ballarat), and can only see the...More

Thank Yoke Chong W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wow. Went yesterday with family of five. Great time. Incredible experience and direct contact with Australian animals. Kangaroos, parrots, birds of prey and wallabies. Wonderful job preserving Australian wildlife. Saw a joey climbing out of its moms pouch. Don't forget to feed the parrots and...More

Thank FiveDivers
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you liked the Melbourne Zoo you will enjoy this as well. A wonderful place to wonder around and enjoy the animals. The wedge-tail eagle show was my favourite. Great for families. A photographer's paradise. Spent the whole day there, too my own lunch, took...More

Thank Narelle H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had a terrific family day out at the sanctuary which is situated in a natural bushland setting. The walking tracks are gentle and easy to follow. The area is well sign posted. The sanctuary focuses on Australian wild life and it's possible for visitors...More

Thank defa45
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The last time I came here was in the early 1980's and what a surprise to see how well the animal displays and in particular the daily bird shows were presented to the zoo/ sanctuary visitors by the professional staff. If you want the hairs...More

1  Thank Mark A
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Fantastic day out . We firstly watched the wild birds show which was informative and exciting. Great show. Do not miss it Next we went on a 10 minute dingo experience . The handlers were very specific not to touch them on the head but...More

Thank Tillbill1
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Weather forecast shows that the day I plan to visit is going to be a rainy day. Any shelters in the park or will the shows be cancelled and animals kept indoor? Should I cancel my visit if it rains?
27 May 2017|
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Response from Gillo1200 | Reviewed this property |
Yes there are plenty of shelters with lovely warm log fires burning! And of course indoor attractions.
kristine f
How far is the walking trail around the sanctuary? and what is the most popular/busiest animal/area that we should visit first before the crowds get there?
29 September 2016|
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Response from Bec B |
hi the main track is 1.2 km loop approx with 2 extra track that come of the main track are 800mt and 320mt there are a few fast tracks you can take that will shorten the trip if need be its not about being there first to... More
Can you bring a bbq and cook it there?
26 September 2016|
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Response from Zoos-Victoria | Property representative |
Hi, Thanks for asking. Yes, Gas BBQ's are available in the Sanctuary to use at your leisure or you can pre-order a gourmet picnic pack and barbeque in style! Thanks, Zoos Victoria