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Healesville Sanctuary
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Healesville Sanctuary and Puffing Billy Steam Train Day Trip from Melbourne
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 26 May 2014

I come here often as I am a student of Conservation and an animal lover. I also make it a point to watch the bird and platypus show because each time around there is always something new. I visited recently with my partner who has never been to the sanctuary.
I think I literally dragged him away from the parrots because he enjoyed the close encounters and feeding them haha. The animals all looked very happy and healthy, my partner named the Tasmania Devils his 'buddies' as they all seemed very interested in him and were little show offs. Being behind the scenes as a 'Keeper For a Day', I know what goes into caring for these animals and the hard work shows. The breeding programs and conservation research this wildlife park does is incredible.
I got upset seeing visitors get angry because the animals were 'sleeping'. This is not a circus were animals are told what they can and cant do. They are living happily and happy animals need sleep.
Well worth the price of entry and an excellent outing for children. People who are worried about cost should consider bringing there own lunch to save money. Becoming a Zoo Member will also give you free access to the zoos in Victoria for a whole year.

Thank Katelyn B
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Melbourne-Zoo, Marketing at Healesville Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 5 June 2014

Hi Katelyn. Thanks for the lovely review! It is great to hear your feedback. We hope to see you again soon. Kind regards, Zoos Victoria.

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Reviewed 20 May 2014

No intimate moments unless you pay for it. Hence plan in advance. Animals are sleepy and hiding. Been to both feather dale in Sydney and ballarat wildlife park, standards are nowhere near. In ballarat wildlife park, wallabies are roaming around freely. here, visitors could only watch from a distance. Waste of time and money. Will never visit again.

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Reviewed 18 May 2014

It has been a few years since visiting Healesville sanctuary, however a visit from Scotland of a friend's 26 year-old daughter had us there on a Sunday to show her Australia's unique animals. To sum up her visit her facebook posting was "the best day of my whole trip", for her being up close and feeding a kangaroo was "the best". Seeing the other animals in well cared for environments, parrots, wombats, Tasmanian Devil, emus, dingoes was a great testament to staff who are passionate about the animals, their wellbeing and conservation. We will be returning in a few weeks time to catch other animals we missed this visit. Since then I have mentioned it to many friends and I can see many visits over the near future!

Thank onceweretriathlete
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Reviewed 18 May 2014

It gets VERY busy so if you're not happiest surrounded by small childen stay away during school holidays!
Good place to take visitors to tick all the Aussie wildlife off.

Thank Englishtraveller75
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Melbourne-Zoo, Marketing at Healesville Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 5 June 2014

Hi, thanks for visiting Healesville Sanctuary and writing a review. We hope to see you again soon, every visit is helping us fight wildlife extinction. Kind regards, Zoos Victoria.

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Reviewed 15 May 2014

The bird show was excellent! Animals are all clean and happy. Very spacious with playground for kids. We thought we would come for like two hours but we ended up spending the whole day here until it closes! Truly enjoyed our time!

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