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Address: Badger Creek Road, Healesville, Victoria 3777, Australia
Phone Number: +61 3 5957 2800
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Description: 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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While I was limited on time for my visit, I found the sanctuary really well laid out and with lots to see. It was a shame i was short on time as i could easily have spent the day... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 25, 2015
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London, United Kingdom
5 reviews 5 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

While I was limited on time for my visit, I found the sanctuary really well laid out and with lots to see. It was a shame i was short on time as i could easily have spent the day visiting.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

Didn't think we were going to get the chance to see the Australian animals as one of our tours from the cruise ship got canceled. Our friends from Melbourne took us there on our way to the wine country. What a wonderful display of animals. Great day and a lot of fun walking through the well kept grounds. I could... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

This sanctuary zoo has improved significantly since my last visit over 10 years ago. There are more shows and real habitats for the animals which you can get quite close up photography. The children playground is also quite unique and complements the zoo's environment.

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Nashua, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

There are many animals to see plus different shows at different time. You can have "Magical Moments" with the kangaroos and koalas for an extra fee. We sw the show on the platypus and it was excellent. We also had an explanation on tribal customs and the playing of the didgeridoo instrument. It is definitely well worth the visit!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

My husband and I came here in April 2015 and the animals were well taken care of and they lived in a very natural setting. There was a great variety of animals and you could pay an additional fee if you wanted to take photos with some of them. We really enjoyed it and would recommend it if you like... More 

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Chester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

We had a fabulous day at Healesville. It is beautifully kept and the animals look well cared for. Can't wait to go back.

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Seremban, Malaysia
15 reviews 15 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Located an hour's drive from the city, the drive to the Sanctuary takes one through some interesting countryside, including the Yarra valley, famous for its wineries. The Sanctuary itself is captivating, not just for the animals, but more so for the humans that visit it. The layout is very well planned, the setting so natural, and the variety of animals... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

It's far out from the city so we planned it together with our trip to the wineries at Yarra Valley. It was a good strategy to keep the kids motivated as the adults get through our wine tastings up till lunch. We arrived close to 2 & was worried we hadn't got enough time to see everything before the park... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Following the disappointment of not seeing any Kangaroos or Koalas in the Red centre, we visited this sanctuary which was an hour and a half from the Elsternwick area of Melbourne. The drive is quite scenic as you go past the vineyards of Yarra and the Dandenong Hills.This place has virtually all the indiginious wildlife animals, birds and reptiles which... More 

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Geelong, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

This sanctuary was great! The staff were all friendly and ready to answer any questions you had about any animals. A great place for all ages and groups. We done two close encounters with dingoes and wombats. It wa very hands on unlike other zoos where you can go behind the scenes but cannot touch the animal. Th bird show... More 

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