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VIP Sanctuary Tour at Healesville Sanctuary
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VIP Sanctuary Tour at Healesville Sanctuary

By Healesville Sanctuary
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Experience Healesville Sanctuary like a VIP on a small-group tour where you’ll explore the beautiful bushland setting of Healesville Sanctuary at a relaxed pace and get the opportunity to learn more about kangaroos and other unique Australian wildlife from your own private ranger. This tour includes behind the scenes elements and insights, plus reserved seating at the Spirits of the Sky, free-flight, bird presentation.

Ages 5-99, max of 6 per group
Duration: 2h
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Meets animal welfare guidelines
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  • Exclusive ranger lead tour of Sanctuary that includes behind the scenes elements and insights
  • VIP seating at the renowned Spirits of the Sky free-flight bird presentation
What's not included
  • General Admission
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transportation to/from attractions
  • Entry/Admission - Healesville Sanctuary


Start:
  • Healesville Sanctuary, Glen Eadie Ave, Healesville VIC 3777, Australia
    Just beyond the Ticket booth after entry.
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 6297P12

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • Minimum age to participate is 5 years
    • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
    • A maximum of 6 people per booking
    • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travellers

    • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

    If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 6297P12

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    Itinerary
    • You'll start at
      Healesville Sanctuary
      Glen Eadie Ave, Healesville VIC 3777, Australia
      Just beyond the Ticket booth after entry.
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      Healesville Sanctuary
      Stop: 2 hours - Admission excluded
      Wander through a stunning bushland setting with an expert ranger who will take you behind the scenes and share stories of unique and unusual native wildlife. The fun continues with VIP seating at the renowned Spirits of the Sky free-flight bird presentation. This experience is ideal for those looking for an authentic Australian wildlife experience. Departure time: 10.30am *please arrive at the Sanctuary 30mins prior to departure Duration: 2 hours Min number: 2pax Max number: 6pax *Minimum age to participate is 5yrs and above
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    • You'll return to the starting point
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    • Healesville Sanctuary
      2,117
      Australia
      Joined in August 2012
    • ourwanderings
      0 contributions
      A fun getaway outside of Melbourne
      We visited the animal sanctuary as part of our day excursion to the Yarra Valley. The sanctuary is a good size and splits into 3 main areas which you can explore. There is plentiful to see and all the animals are native to Australia. We particularly liked the animal hospital where you can watch the vets perform procedures on their rescue animals. One thing to keep in mind is that there is not much cover between the trails, so keep that in mind if you’re visiting on a rainy day. There is also not too many food options so maybe consider bringing your own meal and snacks particularly if you’re in a big group as the food is a bit pricey.
      Written 19 January 2024
    • trompfy1007
      0 contributions
      An enjoyable experience apart from being sworn at
      I went there with Lily this morning and we enjoyed ourselves but when we wanted to feed the kangaroo the lady said you can't feed it so get lost then we walked away feeling extremely uncomfortable after she spoke rudely to us.
      Written 4 January 2024
    • SarahV633
      0 contributions
      Fantastic. Must See
      So worthwhile. Fantastic to see all the Australian animals. The environment and enclosures were beautiful and natural. Go to the (free) Keeper Talks they were interesting and often did things eg feeding so you saw the animal. The entry starts at $46 for an adult. This is a must see!
      Written 2 January 2024
    • AbbottHsu
      0 contributions
      One day trip
      It is another primitive and friendly safari in the protective areas. The overall surroundings and environment are maintained naturally by lots of experienced volunteers. I can tell the devoted contribution they make here. The banners and instructions are really easy to be read and understood. You can explore different kinds of zones by walking or jogging. It is a new and fresh experience for me and family since you can really see those wild creatures in a very short distance.  Kids and I are impressed with the kangaroo and koala since it is our first time to see them. They are really cute and easy going by their general movements. Visitors either take photos or shoot videos while visiting those attractive creatures. My kids get lots of fun and knowledge by visiting them. The climate in this area is cloudy and cool for me and family. It is really comfortable to dive in the evergreen fields here. The air is really fresh and the water is so clean and chilly. It refreshes your body and mind while walking around the safari. There are 2 cafes inside safari. One is close to the exit and the bigger one is close to the kangaroo zone. Simple meals are available but it is crowded during lunch time always. Be patient with queue up and make sure animals won’t bother you while dining. It is a good place for kids and family to visit and the duration is around half day. Just come and visit here. Have fun. 
      Written 12 December 2023
    • Wendy R
      0 contributions
      Not a great experience
      I like Healesville Sanctuary but can see it declining as I’m a regular visitor. Signage is not very good for international guests. No signage to say if cafes open or close had to wander around looking for one that was open. Unfortunately the one at entrance open and only outside seating. I got attacked by an ibis when putting a mouthful of food into my mouth it flew up to my mouth and took out the food as it was going in. Gave me a real shock. I went straightaway to the ticket office and reported it, she wasn’t very concerned saying it happens all the time. She’d mention to management but didn’t take my details. I was with a baby so I’m just glad it got me instead of him. The ibis are on the tables with bird poop everywhere. No signage up about the birds with a warning anywhere.
      Written 21 November 2023
    • Natalia T
      0 contributions
      Nice place for kids to see animals
      This is quite a nice place for kids to spend a day. You can get to see various animals like the koala, platypus, kangaroos, birds etc. There are play areas for the children, as well as dining outlets. Friendly volunteers are around to provide information.
      Written 7 November 2023
    • Mallo_Pahanen
      0 contributions
      Excellent place to see animals!
      I was left with the impression that the welfare of the animals and the living conditions of the park have been invested in. It is a good thing. There is a lot to see in the park and there are especially a lot of koalas. Allow enough time for this experience.
      Written 28 October 2023
    • EllieBellie27
      0 contributions
      Even good on a rainy day
      We could have picked a better day weatherwise as it was raining on and off. Luckily we went to the cafe during the heaviest shower. A few babies to see when we were there. The baby emu was very cute, lovely to watch him running around and hear how it is the father that does the rearing. Mum lays the egg and that's it! There was a baby koala, we believed the guide, but really couldn't tell as Mum was not moving and the baby was inside her pouch. Baby tasmanian devils were fun, also watching the bigger ones feed. Quite amazing seeing them ripping off skin and bone. My favorite was the duck billed platypus, much smaller than I imagined, full of energy swimming around the tank. The bird show was shortened due to rain. The reptile house was warm and dry, appreciated on a rainy day.
      Written 18 September 2023
    • World_Traveller_838
      0 contributions
      A pleasant place to visit
      My wife and I visited this place during our recent holiday in Healesville where we stayed at the RACV Resort for 2 nights. Healesville Sanctuary is a zoo, specialising in native Australian animals. It has a history of breeding native animals. The Spirits of The Sky performance at 12 noon, was the highlight of our visit. Held at the flight arena, the birds of the Sanctuary show off their skills of flight and foraging, allowing us to see the Wedge-tailed Eagle, parrots and an owl that performed magnificently. Another highlight is the Platypus. We were able to watch it swim for several minutes, up close behind the glass screen, in its enclosure. We spent 3 hours walking along the various paths and tracks to enjoy the beauty and displays available in this sanctuary. We were here before in the 1990's and this place has undergone many improvements since then. We visited on a Tuesday morning, off peak season, when there were not many visitors.
      Written 16 September 2023
    • christakE3235NR
      0 contributions
      Great family day out
      We went with a family group from ages 12 to 74. We were able to pre-book a free wheelchair for a family member who had a recent leg operation. We saw a wonderful variety of Australian animals. Some animals like the koalas are set up to be easy to see. Some appeared when we watched long enough, especially in the nocturnal house. I couldn't spot the lyrebird, although I enjoyed a lot of the birds in the multiple giant aviaries that we went through. The younger members of the family were able to spot the platypus and also went to the "Spirits of the Sky" wild bird display. I didn't really plan in advance for the displays and zoo keeper talks, but the ones we passed were interesting, but a bit crowded with the school groups. We spent about 5 hours seeing lots of animals and had a great family day out.
      Written 2 August 2023
    • Manda_conwayy
      0 contributions
      A Victorian Gem
      Had a lovely morning at the Sanctuary. Saw plenty of animals some were missing / sleeping but that is to be expected! This grounds are beautiful, clean and well maintained. The layout was easy to follow, you don’t miss anything and there are several cafe and toilet areas along the way. The bird show was impressive and a definite highlight of the day! The staff and volunteers were very friendly, always asking if you needed information or guidance. Warm fires in the outdoor seating areas to keep you warm when stopping for a break. Just be careful of the sneaky bin chickens, one stole food straight out of my hand!
      Written 3 July 2023
    • EireDude
      0 contributions
      Learn and enjoy a great day with Australian wildlife.
      I'd been here twice before and suggested it to my friends. We were not disappointed. On a bright day - with small crowds - it was a peaceful and educational few hours with the highlights for us being 1. the bird show 2. the platypus and 3. the Tasmanian devils. My friend's two children were captivated much of the time and we 3 adults learned a lot about the indigenous wildlife.
      Written 15 May 2023
    • BarbaraM2997
      0 contributions
      Healesville wildlife sanctuary
      An amazing visit. Due to not seeing Australian wildlife in the wild on my trip, it was a must on my last day in Melbourne. Actually being able to see the nocturnal rodents was a orivildege, along with the Dingo, Wombat, Tasmanian Devil and of course the ‘roos and Koalas. Definitely a must do visit. Only problem is getting there you must either do an organised your or hire a car. Expensive with Uber/taxi.
      Written 30 April 2023
    • garysR2496ZA
      0 contributions
      Saving the animals one at a time - and you can help
      Healesville Sanctuary is free roaming sanctuary, the critters are not on a schedule and can come and go within their massive enclosures as they please. Even the Bird show does not guarantee which birds you will see, because if the birds don't want to play, they can sit the show out. This applies to all the critters in the park, and while it might be disappointing not to see your favourite Tassie Devil, or Cockatoo, it is much better for all park residents, and it means you can go back again to see them... The park is pretty big, and you can do the big loop around the entire place if you want. We did some in the morning, had some lunch, then some in the arvo. We followed the schedule on the map. Sometimes it means zigzagging around the park, but they have a bunch of really good short cuts that means you are not walking a million miles. What topped off the day was the Dingo Experience. Basically we got to go in the enclosure with a lovely lady dingo. As with everything here, if she doesn't want to come out and play, she is not forced to. Luckily for us she did want to meet us and it was an amazing experience. We must have been in there with her for 30 minutes or more, and she is smart tool. One of the rocks in there is just for her to sit on and when she does no one is allowed to bother her. She knows that, and when she has had enough of us gushing over her, she jumps up onto it and lays down for a rest... The whole experience was totally worth it and highly recommended...
      Written 29 April 2023
    • outbacktrax
      0 contributions
      Wonderful day with the kids
      We had the best day at Healesville Sanctuary! From the beginning it was a great experience; the staff were lovely and helpful, and as interstate visitors who didn't bring a stroller being able to hire one here was a blessing. The kids (2yo and 4yo) loved seeing the animals, I think us adults might have enjoyed it more than them at some exhibits. The layout of the grounds is great, very beautiful surrounds. The Cafe was busy but good. We much preferred our experience here than the Melbourne Zoo which was overcrowded, the animal enclosures are a sad sight and the layout of the park was confusing.
      Written 28 April 2023
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    Deids
    Richland, WA136 contributions
    The VIP experience was not different from the regular experience. Koalas were cool to see, but not particularly happy. Whole experience was ok.
    Written 12 August 2023
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    eng70080
    Singapore, Singapore2 contributions
    Nov 2022
    We had the VIP tour and it was a big waste of money. There was no “close encounter” at all except the feeding of the echina. The only “value adding” was the stories about the animals.
    Written 28 November 2022
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    John S
    49 contributions
    Jan 2021 • Family
    We took our children to visit Healesville Sanctuary during school holidays and had a great visit behind the scenes. The hospital was the highlight of our visit.
    Written 30 January 2021
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    Hi John, Thanks for visiting and leaving this review. We're glad to hear you had a fun day out and got to see the incredible work at the Australian Wildlife Health Centre at Healesville Sanctuary Warm regards, Zoos Victoria
    Written 4 February 2021
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    Crojo
    Berlin, Germany63 contributions
    Mar 2020
    This is the best sanctuary I have ever seen in my lifetime. Try to watch the Koalas during feeding times because they move only once a day. You can feed kangaroos and watch tasmanian devils as well as platypus. I recommend to plan the whole day for a visit. There is a nice restaurant in the sanctuary where you can watch animals while eating. I can highly recommend this attraction.
    Written 27 March 2020
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    Kiran S.
    Pune District, India69 contributions
    Jan 2020
    We found time to take our grandchildren to this delightful sanctuary. Though we didn’t see all the wildlife nurtured here, we managed to see what we were keen on, the kola and the kangaroo. We also saw the Emu, Platypus, Dingko and a number of colourful birds. A few names have been forgotten. The Sanctuary is well laid out in every aspect. A number of cafes are available at suitable intervals. It was fun to watch the Magpies dive through the protective net to get a bite of whatever they could see. We really loved the cheerful Australians all along.
    Written 18 January 2020
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    Peter S
    Canberra, Australia358 contributions
    Feb 2019 • Couples
    We spent about four hours at the Healesville Sanctuary, even on a rainy and unusually cool Saturday afternoon in February. You wouldn't expect to see all the animals, but we saw enough to feel satisfied. The highlight was definitely the raptor and parrot show, which justified the somewhat steep admission price. (But if you can prove you're over 60, why can't you get a seniors' ticket? Because imposing a bureaucratic requirement that you have to have a particular concession card makes the place an extra $4 - not a good look, Healesville Sanctuary: please reconsider.) The range of food available in the cafe appeared to be limited to chips and pies, but that was what we needed that day. And we saw a platypus.
    Written 12 February 2019
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    Bryce292
    Durango, CO87 contributions
    Oct 2018 • Friends
    I did the echidna experience with my boyfriend and it was so cool! We really enjoyed it! Unfortunately there was a big wind storm and we had to leave right after the experience. They gave me a return voucher. I came back on a school trip with my class. The platypus exhibit is incredible! They use a few more signs pointing the way to the exit but otherwise signage is good and the sanctuary is really great! I had a great time!
    Written 2 January 2019
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    LaBubba
    LA208 contributions
    We thoroughly enjoyed our up-close and personal tour of the sanctuary. Being close enough to touch (but you aren’t allowed to) and take pictures of the kolas was amazing. In addition to feeding the kangaroos and seeing the other indigenous animals was much better than seeing them in a zoo. All the profits are plowed back into the sanctuary to help endangered and injured animals. It was a lifetime experience.
    Written 11 November 2018
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    Sage57_11
    Hobart, Australia101 contributions
    Aug 2018 • Family
    Never the one to enjoy the zoo experience, I found the sanctuary a wonderful space. We brought our grandson here and he was totally engrossed in the up close and personal experiences with the animals. Think wildlife rescue and breeding program rather than captivity and you will really enjoy this sanctuary.
    Written 2 September 2018
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    Wanderlustgirl
    Melbourne, Australia31 contributions
    June 2018 • Couples
    Loved the experience at the Sanctuary. We did a close encounter with the koalas so got to get close to it. Were not allowed to touch it which I felt was great the sanctuary wanted to protect the koalas and not stress them out. I really liked the enclosures they felt less "trapped" than in other zoos. Didn't get through the entire zoo as we got there late but will return
    Written 29 August 2018
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