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Address: Badger Creek Road, Healesville, Victoria 3777, Australia
Phone Number: +61 3 5957 2800
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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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Healesville Sanctuary: Indigenous Wildlife Experience

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We had a wonderful day out at Healesville Sanctuary. We were greeted by an Indigenous man playing a didgeridoo at the front entrance. Our grandson was fascinated by the sound... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 3, 2015
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Brisbane
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79 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

We had a wonderful day out at Healesville Sanctuary. We were greeted by an Indigenous man playing a didgeridoo at the front entrance. Our grandson was fascinated by the sound & how the instrument was played. He loved the bird show as he's favourite bird is an Owl (& an owl flew straight over out heads!) the Tassie Devils were... More 

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Nairobi, Kenya
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Whikst all of the animals were there, they were not accessible to the visitors. I had visited Cleland National Park in Adelaide where you could get up close and personal with all the animals. Unfortunately this was not an option at Healesville. Stay on the path was the sign.

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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

We loved our trip to Healesville Sanctuary. The birds of flight show is a must for all visitors whether its your first time or you have been before.

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New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

We went to Healsville Sanctuary outside Melbourne instead of the Melbourne zoo because we want to see the indigenous animals in the more natural setting than what could be offered in the zoo. Healsville doesn't disappoint. We saw all the animals only found in Australia and more. They are living in a natural environment, less feeling that they are inside... More 

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Leopold, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

This has changed a lot over the years. It is now very child friendly and despite some of the enclosures being closed, we still had a great time walking around enjoying the animals

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Melbourne-Zoo, Marketing at Healesville Sanctuary, responded to this review

Hi paulie642015, Thanks for sharing your experience! We’re glad you had such a good time at Healesville Sanctuary. We hope to see you back again soon; every visit helps fight wildlife extinction! Cheers, the Zoos Victoria team. More 

Leek, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

We went to explore and find out about Australian wild life and was not disapointed. Good value for money Good facilities Easy to get around. A fun day.... Well worth a visit Don't forget some sensible walking shoes

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Melbourne-Zoo, Marketing at Healesville Sanctuary, responded to this review

Hi Roy5952, Thanks for visiting, and for leaving such a lovely (to the point) review! We’re glad you had such a good experience, and we hope to see you back again soon. Thanks again for coming; every visit helps fight wildlife extinction! Cheers, the Zoos Victoria team. More 

Fort William, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

I took the grandkids for the day and only got to see half of the attractions. We took our own lunch as there are many nice spots to eat, the cafe area seemed to get quite full.....coffee available :)

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Melbourne-Zoo, Marketing at Healesville Sanctuary, responded to this review

Hi Pam S, Thanks for visiting, and for leaving such a lovely review! We’re glad you had such a good experience, and we hope to see you back again soon so that you see the rest of our attractions. Thanks again for coming; every visit helps fight wildlife extinction! Cheers, the Zoos Victoria team. More 

London, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

We had a great time here on day out from Melbourne - it is about an hours drive depending on traffic. The reserve is very spacious with a real emphasis on conservation and a section dedicated to indigenous peoples and their history. Very worthwhile trip.

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Melbourne-Zoo, Marketing at Healesville Sanctuary, responded to this review

Hi car_lra, Thanks for visiting, and for leaving such a lovely review! We’re glad you had such a good experience, and we hope to see you back in Melbourne again soon. Thanks again for coming; every visit helps fight wildlife extinction! Cheers, the Zoos Victoria team. More 

Rosebud, Australia
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13 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

very impressed by the openness and space for all the animals in a natural setting. I hadn't visited since I was a little girls and my children had an amazing experience as I remembered having myself. The keepers were lovely and helpful and very knowledgable The fact that children are free on weekends makes it an affordable day out apart... More 

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Melbourne-Zoo, Marketing at Healesville Sanctuary, responded to this review

Hi Kelly K, We’re so glad you and your family enjoyed their time at Healesville Sanctuary! Thanks for sharing your experience. As one of our objectives is to offer meaningful and fun experiences for visitors of all ages, it’s great to hear that everyone in your family had such a lovely time. We hope to see you again soon; every... More 

New York
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58 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

The sanctuary holds am impressive collection of Australian native wildlife. We have been to zoos all around the world, and this is definitely a unique experience and worth visiting if you like seeing animals. We highly recommend getting the up close experience with the animals, if they are available. We did this with a wombat, and got to hold and... More 

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Melbourne-Zoo, Marketing at Healesville Sanctuary, responded to this review

Hi Familyof4nyc, Thanks for sharing your experience at Healesville Sanctuary! We’re glad you enjoyed the Wombat Close Encounter! One of our objectives is to offer meaningful and fun experiences to engage our visitors, so it’s great to hear that you had such a wonderful time. We hope to see you again soon. Cheers, the Zoos Victoria team. More 

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