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Healesville Sanctuary

#2 of 27 things to do in Healesville Features Animals
Badger Creek Road, Healesville, Victoria 3777, Australia
+61 1300 966 784
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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 1300 966 784
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Reviewed yesterday

Healesville Sanctuary is known to visitors as an "all in one" place to see the indigenous animals. The sanctuary is located beside Yarra valley, around 65 kms from Melbourne City. We used public transport to go there. We spent 30 minutes traveling from Surrey Hills...More

Thank BettyandLingShing
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We went on a rainy cold winters day and couldn't have enjoyed it more! We saw so many amazing animals, and warmed ourselves by the sheltered fires. We had booked close encounters with the kangaroos, wombat and koalas and really enjoyed it. Lulu was the...More

Thank Kat W
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you want to see Australian animals, this is the place. They're in bush settings, and there's an amazing variety. Lots of information, and the Sanctuary is involved in several initiatives to protect endangered animals, so you're helping the planet by visiting.

Thank John P
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We are from the Uk so to be able to walk amongst kangaroos and see wombats and koalas so close up was unbelievable. The sanctuary was so well presented and clearly had conservation at its heart. It was educationally excellent - who knew wombats had...More

Thank Thundercatgo
Zoos-Victoria, Business Development at Healesville Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Thundercatgo, Thanks for taking the time to leave such a lovely review! We’re glad you enjoyed your time at Healesville Sanctuary! One of our objectives is to ensure that our staff and volunteers are knowledgeable, supportive and actively engaged, so it’s great to hear...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

My fiance and I had a fantastic time visiting this Sanctuary. We were torn between this, and another, but we definitely felt that the Healsville Sanctuary was worth the drive and extra admission fees. The animals were very active and friendly, and it seems that...More

Thank Leah L
Reviewed 1 week ago

Fantastic sanctuary that showcases Australia Flora and Fauna to the best we have seen. Extremely clean, well defined paths and the animal enclosures are wonderful and easy to access. Best bird aviaries we have seen in Australia and to be able to hold a redttailed...More

Thank sharon B
Reviewed 1 week ago

Having visited Werribee and Melbourne Zoo's this was the last of the three. It was more than what I expected. I thought it would have been a lot smaller with only a few native animals. I was wrong. Lots to do and is great for...More

Thank Evan C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A lot of work and change at Healesville just now bit the new attractions are very well laid out Canteen could do with a revamp as looking a bit tired but saying that the food was good. Drinks overpriced which is a shame Being zoo...More

Thank Mullso
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went to The Sanctuary as a Zoo member on a behind the scenes tour. What a great excursion for our grandchildren to see what happens in the background, then to walk around and see the great exhibits available. Love the Birds of Prey and the...More

Thank Collingw
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We took international guests to the Sanctuary over the weekend, and after we had visited two years ago, we thought it would be a great experience for people from Europe who hadn't seen Koalas, Kangaroos, Wombats etc. However, the price was $37.50 per person (...More

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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
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
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