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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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USD 28.73*
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Healesville Sanctuary General Entry Ticket
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USD 168.41*
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Meet a Platypus at Healesville Sanctuary
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USD 135.68*
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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 4 days ago via mobile

Me and my young family love this place! Great for kids, heaps of animals and great food and drinks! The best part is that kids are free on the weekend and school holidays! Always neat and tidy to!

Thank Joel L
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

What a pleasure to explore and read, learn and experience our native wildlife! Over the years the park has evolved with new exciting expansive enclosures and improvements and additions to existing structures such as the animal hospital (now even more child friendly). In the warmer...More

Thank 867Xenia
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Nice grounds and a good way to learn about Australian animals. I purchased the dingo experience but unfortunately it was cancelled because the dingoes weren’t up for it...I would recommend doing the early dingo experience because they’ll cancel the later experience if the dingoes aren’t...More

Thank sarahhP2774WC
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This is a great family day out. Plenty of aussie native animals to see in a very accepting way that they are kept. You can bring your own food or even have a bbq or buy it. Prices are quite reasonable. Spirits of the sky...More

Thank Shanepol
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Visited with my parents & parents-in-law on a weekday & it was lovely & peaceful. The birds of prey were the highlight & the show was amazing. Will definitely switch to recycled loo paper to help save their habitat.

Thank Hobnot
Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited this sanctuary with family in August it was a brilliant experience and gave us the oppourtunity toget up close and personal with a variety of indigenous animals. It is very reasonably priced for entry and is a great place to spend the day. A...More

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

Hi Steve W, Thanks for taking the time to leave a review! We love hearing about visitors brilliant experiences and we are so glad yourself and your family had such a great day out at Healesville Sanctuary! Cheers, The Zoos Victoria Team

Reviewed 1 week ago

First time visitor to the sanctuary, luckily for us we skipped the massive queue thanks to our zoos membership. A beautiful place to just walk around, enjoy the scenery and the vast array of wildlife. Our highlight no doubt is the bird show, we've seen...More

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

Hi Michael S, We're so glad you enjoyed your first time visit to Healesville Sanctuary and that your membership was so lucky for you! We love that the Spirits of the Sky show inspired, educated and wowed you and hope that you do come visit...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Excellent place and people are great there especially Lulu who took the encounters. We got lost going there however as signage is insufficient and thus wasted $200 on an encounter for the family that we didn't get to in time. Very disappointing. I did call...More

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

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

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I came wanting to see the native wildlife and that's exactly what I got. You can pay extra to pet some of the animals but just seeing them was good enough for me. I came on a warm day and I guess all the animals...More

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

Hi Patrick J, Thanks for visiting Healesville Sanctuary! We’re so glad you had a good time, and hope to see you back soon to visit our native species. Thanks again for visiting, and for sharing your experience! Every visit helps fight wildlife extinction! Cheers, The...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Can never go wrong, great staff and fun. The snacks are reasonable. Very educational for all the family. Loved the eagle show. Well done to Vic ZoosMore

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

Hi Martin C, Thanks for taking the time to leave a review! We’re delighted you enjoyed your time at Healesville Sanctuary and had the chance to interact with both our eagles and our passionate staff. We hope to see you back again soon. Every visit...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
30 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