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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 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 1300 966 784
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Wonderful experience. I'm 27 and it's not my first zoo yet couldn't wipe the smile off my face. All local Australian animals, and very nice staff. Well kept beautiful grounds. Wallabies, koalas, kangaroos, beautiful birds, dingos and much more.

Thank Lee E
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Went here for the first time and loved it! There were plenty of shades and seating area for rest while you enjoy the sanctuary at your own pace. We were quite lucky to have some pelicans come up super close.. guess they aren't camera shy....More

Thank Mimi A
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This Sanctuary is amazing, the staff are so friendly, helpful, knowledgable and care so much for the animals. We did a Wombat Encounter which was great and definitely worth it. The sanctuary has a range of animals and reptiles to see with talks throughout the...More

Thank mightypink6
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

It was a great day, plenty of animals to see. The grounds are very well kept. Some of the staffs were very good at answering questions and very pleasant. Highly recommend

Thank Jacky F
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Amazing property to see Australian wildlife, we had three close up encounters booked unfortunately we arrived late and missed our first encounter, so made sure we were early for our next encounter for the keeper to be a no show! We went to the office...More

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

Hi, Thanks for sharing your experience at Healesville Sanctuary! We’re glad you enjoyed your Wild Encounter. One of our objectives is to offer meaningful and fun experiences to engage our visitors, so it’s great to hear that you had such a wonderful time. Thanks also...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you're visiting Victoria and would like to see Australia's unique and interesting wildlife. I would definitely recommend a visit

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

Hi AidyKeen, Thanks for taking the time to leave such a lovely review! We’re delighted you enjoyed your time at Healesville Sanctuary, and hope to see you back again soon. Every visit helps us to fight wildlife extinction. Cheers, The Zoos Victoria team.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Loved the sanctuary and the bird show. It is suych a lovely place to spend the day. Have a zoi memebershio so that we can take advantage of the visits

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fantastic place to take visitors to see all of the good Aussie wildlife in one place, especially the Echidna, Wombat, Tassie Devil and of course the Platypus (this is really a great display to get up close to these fascinating animals that evolution had fun...More

Thank Dallas N
Zoos-Victoria, Business Development at Healesville Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Dallas N, Thanks for sharing your experience! We’re glad you had such a good time at Healesville Sanctuary. We hope to see you back again soon; every visit helps fight wildlife extinction! Cheers, The Zoos Victoria team.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a beautiful, calming sanctuary for native animals. We saw many animals, all of which had large open enclosures. The walk ways around the park are through forested areas and you can walk through many animal enclosures. It was a lovely day out and...More

Thank Sarah P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

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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