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Healesville Sanctuary

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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 via mobile

Lots of birds and animals to see. And the only down fall is u have to pay for the up close in personal views of animals with most popular animals...and most of the time they already sold out We loved the birds of prey show

Thank jgene1965
Reviewed 2 days ago

As an Australian, the Healesville Sanctuary has a special place in my heart, for its was here that I saw a bona fide platypus for the very first time, swimming up and down in a very long tank and doing what these animals are reputed...More

Thank Andy C
Reviewed 3 days ago

Healesville Sanctuary has most of the Australian animals most people think about in one place. The sanctuary is not very large and you can comfortably see it in around 2 to 3 hours. I was lucky enough to preview their new Kangaroo area where you...More

Thank Middle_Aged_Guy
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Travelling with my partner from Germany, our mission was to see kangaroos... and much to our disappointment, there were no kangaroos to be seen anywhere. Its a pity for 2 adults $72 to enter, the staff neglected to tell us that half the displays were...More

Thank Hush E
Reviewed 5 days ago

spent approx. 20 minutes in the dingo enclosure finding out about their lifestyle and habits. they seemed very placid. great experience. Also, the birds of prey show was fantastic. well worth the entry fee

Thank Keith M
Reviewed 6 days ago

This is the place to take every overseas visitor, they can see and experience our wonderful wild life in all its variety in a delightful bush setting. There are reasonable cafes, great personal experience packages to allow a closer look at some of the wild...More

Thank Julia H
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Sanctuary is truly a must if your in the Yarra Valley or Australia for that point. Its a zoo full of Australian animals with amazing interactive choices plus really great enclosures and exhibitions. A really great visit highly recommend !

Thank DeeMont79
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Healesville Sanctuary is the best zoo to see almost every Australian animal in their relatively natural habitat. Fantastic activity for all ages, plenty of interesting and fun things to do. Some animals will come right up to you and let you pat them. Plenty of...More

Thank Mesus101909
Reviewed 1 week ago

wonderful attraction with great enclosures for native animals and birds - also very good facilities food and amenities.

Thank villaaustralis2017
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you like to see almost every Australian Animal in their (almost) natural habitat, then that's the place to go. Emu, Koala, Kangaroo, Tasmanian Devil, Dingo, Platypus, Echidnas, Wombats and many more are right there to see firsthand. Don't miss the great "bird-of-prey"-Show. You even...More

Thank Onyx007
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15 December 2017|
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Response from Keith M | Reviewed this property |
Hi, I did not see any BBQ facilities within the sanctuary but there is a huge park nearby that may have them. I suspect it would be too dangerous to allow any form of BBQ activity due to the area the sanctuary is situated... More
10 December 2017|
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Response from JD419 | Reviewed this property |
We were on our own day trip, which included the sanctuary. We did not have a guide within the park, helpful volunteers answered questions and the only "organized" part was the aviary demonstration.
Lucy S
20 November 2017|
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Response from Zoos-Victoria | Property representative |
Hi Lucy S, Healesville Sanctuary's Close-up Encounters will bring you face-to-face with some of our most popular personalities. In these experiences you will enter the animal’s exhibits where our Wildlife Encounters... More