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Address: Badger Creek Road, Healesville, Victoria 3777, Australia
Phone Number:
+61 3 5957 2800
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09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
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Healesville Sanctuary, in the heart of the Yarra Valley, is world-renowned...

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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The focus here is on the environmental and conservation work that the sanctuary does. The animals are clearly happy and there are very successful breeding programmes. Loved the... read more

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Hampton-in-Arden, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The focus here is on the environmental and conservation work that the sanctuary does. The animals are clearly happy and there are very successful breeding programmes. Loved the platypus talk and the bird display

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Bracknell, England
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We attended Healesville Sanctuary on a cooler damper day, which actually ended up being better for us. The animals were out and about rather than sheltering from the heat and we got to see them all. I think the thing I enjoyed most was the Tasmanian Devils having their lunch.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I took a tour from Melbourne which included 3 hours at Healesville. It was wonderful. Our tour included a guided tour (Karen was amazing!) of Healesville and she guided us through the major animals and ensured we saw the bird show. I really enjoyed our time there, never felt rushed, and do not regret seeing every single animal in the... More 

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St Leonards, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Healesville sanctuary is both a haven for many endangered animals and a place where people can learn and appreciate our flora and fauna. It's a very important place.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

A "sanctuary" is a good choice of word to describe this place. At times it was almost possible to forget you weren't out bush! We spent a good number of hours here wandering and exploring - great for tourists to see most of the Australian fauna highlights. All the expected animals were there, and lots of unexpected ones, including a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Decided to go there without organised trip and it was super easy. First the train then the bus. Got there quite early and spent the best day possible. Since the place is so big you feel like you are alone there, being able to appreciate all the little things, the nature and of course all the amazing animals they have.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Impressive Australian native animal zoo where the animals are in large natural habitat enclosures. The highlights for me were the walk through aviaries and aviaries featuring beautiful endangered birds like the Superb Parrot and the Princess Parrot. Walk through macropod enclosures, platypus, echidna and nocturnal house enclosures, and the conservation enclosure are interesting too. Signage is informative. For example, I'd... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great visit, went as part of Wild Wombat Tours. Natural environment zoo with lots of good animal interactions

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I went to the Sanctuary with my husband and although we really enjoyed the experience, many of the animals were sleeping or hiding (don't really blame them with so many people around) so we didn't see very many. The animal encounters are great though, we did the wombats and the pythons and both were really fun. The bird show is... More 

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Zoos-Victoria, Business Development at Healesville Sanctuary, responded to this review

Hi no1redz1, Thank you for visiting Healesville Sanctuary and taking the time to leave us a review. Healesville Sanctuary is home to over 200 species of Australian wildlife so we are sorry to hear that were not able to see them all! It's great that you enjoyed your experience with our Close-Up Encounters, these provide a great opportunity to meet... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Took a friend from the UK to Healesville Sanctuary and I was staggered at how expensive the place is relative to what is on show. About a dozen kangaroos, some sleepy koala's and a few other native animals. The admission is $32.50 for an adult, and then $12 each for a 10 minute "close-up encounter session with an animal (5... More 

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Zoos-Victoria, Business Development at Healesville Sanctuary, responded to this review

Hi Ocker, Thank you for visiting Healesville Sanctuary and leaving us your feedback. We pride ourselves as value for money attraction so take your concerns seriously and this feedback will be passed onto our operational team. We pride ourselves on a collection of over 200 species of Australian Wildlife, we hope that you enjoyed the shows, presentations and keeper talks... More 

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