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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
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+61 1300 966 784
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Reviewed 2 days ago

I am a local from Melbourne and had recommended to my family from overseas that we visit Healesville sanctuary. I remembered it as a child but haven't been for a long time. It was a waste of our time. We went during the week so...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Sanctuary's focus is on Australian animals and the exhibits are open or that fenced animals easy to spot. Walking and getting around the park was easy access for everyone including wheel chairs. The staff are friendly and very passionate....I recommend the bird show. The...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

A lot of reviews have commented about this place being too busy....not in our experience. We arrived around 11am on a Tuesday and it was very quiet. There are plenty of native animals to see and they seemed quite contented and relaxed. Even if you...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

As Healesville Sanctuary was so busy with its wine event we decided to try Moonlit Sanctuary at Pearcedale instead and were not disappointed . Much more low key and of course cheaper than Healesville it has a great atmosphere and a nice cafe and plenty...More

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We didn’t pay for add-on of any encounters so there wasn’t any close up exchange with Australian animals. This place is so forgettable that there isn’t any special sighting to mention of.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

nice zoo with plenty of Australia animals. would recommend seeing the animal hospital and the tree kangaroo was the highlight.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Get right next to the animals and walk around a beautiful native setting. Bird show is very good. Feeding parrots a highlight. Great for international visitors.

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cbuc53
6 April 2018|
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Response from Zoos-Victoria | Property representative |
Hi cbuc53, Zoos Victoria is pleased to advise that children under 16 years of age receive free admission to Healesville Sanctuary, Melbourne Zoo and Werribee Open Range Zoo on Weekends, Victorian Public holidays and... More
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Peter M
24 January 2018|
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Response from Eddie T | Reviewed this property |
Definitely, I can't recall any step or very large gradients. I am sure there will be no issues just ensure the battery if fully charged to get you around the place. Cheers
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ratbag62
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
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