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Meet a Platypus at Healesville Sanctuary

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    What to Expect
    Visit: Healesville Sanctuary, Badger Creek Road Healsville, Healesville, Victoria 3777 Australia

    Make your own way to Healesville Sanctuary, located about one hour’s drive east of Melbourne. Upon arrival, check in for your platypus experience and prepare to become entranced by these charming little mammals.

    Meet the keepers and listen to the platypus visitor presentation with a VIP seat at ‘Tales from Platypus Creek'. The duration of your presentation is approximately 25-minutes. Next, head into the platypus sanctuary for a behind-the-scenes glimpse of where the keepers work with the animals. Receive a briefing on how to interact with a platypus and step into the provided waders, which you wear over your own clothing, before entering the shallow waters of the platypus pool for approximately 20-minutes.

    Following the keeper's lead, you can touch, feed and play with a platypus inside the pool. Find out what the keepers do when they care for the furry mammals and enjoy a hands-on experience with the platypus yourself. Hear informative commentary about the habitat, behaviors and populations of platypus in Australia.

    Before and after your platypus experience, check out the rest of Healesville Sanctuary. The natural bushland setting provides an environment that mirrors the native Australian animals’ native habitats. Stroll along shaded paths that take you past dingo packs, kangaroos, wallabies, koalas, wombats and echidnas along with some of Australia’s most dangerous reptiles. Admire a variety of colorful birds including emus, parrots, cassowaries, owls and eagles.

    At the sanctuary you can also visit the Australian Wildlife Health Centre, an animal hospital where vets and nurses treat sick or injured wildlife. Cafes, picnic areas and a gift shop are also available.

    Zoos Victoria is a world-leading zoo-based conservation organisation fighting wildlife extinction through:
    - Innovative, scientifically sound breeding and recovery programs to support critically endangered Victorian, terrestrial, vertebrate species;
    - Partnering with the Victorian community to create the world’s most wildlife friendly society;
    - Providing profound zoo-based animal encounters to connect people with wildlife; and
    - Strong commercial approaches to secure financial sustainability. Check out https://www.zoo.org.au/about-us/ for more information.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Healesville Sanctuary
    Departure Time
    11:15 AM
    • VIP seats at the Tales from Platypus Creek show
    • Wade-with-the-platypus experience
    • All keeper talks and presentations
    • Waders
    • Entry/Admission - Healesville Sanctuary
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Food and drinks
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • Minimum age is 8 years
    • A paying adult must accompany children under the age of 15
    • A maximum of 2 people per booking
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Wanted to see kangaroos so the man brought me to Healesville Sanctuary. I was impressed with the shows which had good introductions and activity. Very good place for children and visitors from overseas to get acquainted with these animals. You could have close encounters with
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    My wife and I were exploring activities to do while in Australia and came across this option, which I did not see anywhere else. I mentioned it to her in late 2018 to do in May 2019 and we enthusiastically booked it! Yes, the price was high, but for the uniqueness of the
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    The 5 stars here are for the wade with the platypus experience. We had to book 6 months in advance but it was AMAZING. We actually got to cuddle and tickle its belly! The sanctuary itself is a bit average (have been to many better ones for interaction with Australian wildlife)
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    Went to Healesville Sanctuary to have a hands on experience with the Platapus and to enjoy a day out visiting the animals. The Sanctuary itself is set out well with most enclosures presented nicely. We got there early and most animals were active so a good time to go (by
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    What a fantastic experience for my son and I. We put on some waders and walked into the tank and the platypus swam around us. We were able to feed it some blood worms and tickle it's belly. well worth the money. I will never forget this day. The sanctuary itself was really
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