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Healesville Sanctuary

Badger Creek Road, Healesville, Victoria 3777, Australia
61-3-5957 2800
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Ranked #2 of 17 Attractions in Healesville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Zoos, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Valleys
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Owner description: Explore a bushland haven for Australian wildlife at Healesville Sanctuary, just one hour from Melbourne in the stunning Yarra Valley wine... more » Owner description: Explore a bushland haven for Australian wildlife at Healesville Sanctuary, just one hour from Melbourne in the stunning Yarra Valley wine region.Wander through the tranquil tracks and meet some iconic Australian animals like Koalas, Kangaroos, Platypus, Dingoes, Wombats and Emus in their natural habitat. Pause for lunch or a coffee in our Sanctuary Harvest café and take home a special souvenir from the gift shop.Healesville Sanctuary is internationally renowned for its work saving endangered Australian species. It is also home to the Australian Wildlife Centre, a hospital which treats more than 2000 sick and injured native animals every year. Don’t miss: Magic Moments: Book a close-up encounter and have your photo taken with an amazing Australian animal.Wade with the Platypus: A world-first experience in which you can wade and play with this unique mammal in its play pool. Fighting Extinction Tour: Venture behind the scenes and meet some of the endangered animals the Sanctuary is fighting to save. Spirits of the Sky: Be awed by Australia’s parrots and magnificent birds of prey in this daily show. « less
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Wagga Wagga, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

Was really looking forward to visiting Healesville Sanctuary, but it didn't really live up to my expectations. Admittedly, the weather delivered rain on & off, but a number of the exhibits were closed to the public, including the free-flight aviary. The entry fee is pricey, and for what you get inside, this attraction is probably more geared towards tourists who... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

Our family recently visited the sanctuary with our Japanese exchange student. Wow...not only was our Japanese friend blown away with the experience, so were we (and we only live a short drive away) We had pre booked the magic moments session with the kangaroos. For a small price we all had around 15 minutes with these magnificent creatures, feeding and... More

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melbourne
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Have just had a great day visiting Healesville sanctuary. It is truly a great place to see many of the unique Australian species plus to see the fantastic work being done at the sanctuary to ensure that these unique species do not become extinct. The volunteers also need recognition for their efforts in facilitating feeding of the birds and getting... More

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

Hi, Thanks for visiting Healesville Sanctuary, and for taking the time to leave such a fantastic review! We are happy to hear you had such a great visit. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Warm regards, The Zoos Victoria team. More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

This was a 9 hour trip and well worth it ..we went on the Puffing Billy Train and then to the Sanctuary...This was with AAT KINGS Tour and I fully recommend them...the driver has great info on everything..Peter..there were two Peters but this was the chubby one haa He has this info on AFL...Who cares but in Melbourne that is... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

Healesville Sanctuary is a great place for people of all ages to see and learn about our amazing native animals. I could spend hours sitting in the giant bird aviaries just watching them flying around and the bird show is simply incredible. It is a great day out and I can highly recommend doing a 'Wild Encounter' where you can... More

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

Hi, Thanks for the great review, we love hearing about the experiences you have at the Healesville Sanctuary. We look forward to seeing you soon, every visit helps us fight wildlife extinction. Regards, The Zoos Victoria team. More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Healesville Sanctuary is a great place to take the family and learn a few things about our native fauna. The enclosures are very natural and feels like your on a safari and the whole place is very family friendly with rest areas and the bird show is a must see. If you are looking for something to do on the... More

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

Hi Vasile, thanks for the lovely review and for coming to visit the Healesville Sanctuary. We love to hear about your experiences, and look forward to seeing you again soon. Cheers, The Zoos Victoria team. More

Monterey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

A great place to view, appreciate, and lean about the animals of Australia. Don't miss the 14:30 bird show. It is a bit of a challenge to get there without a car, but I did a mid-week trip from Melbourne by train and bus in two hours. There are not very good bus connections on the weekends. Plan carefully.

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

Hi, Thanks for coming to visit the Healesville Sanctuary, and for taking the time to leave a review. We agree that the Spirits of the Sky bird show is one not to be missed! We look forward to seeing you again soon, every visit is helping us fight wildlife extinction. Warm regards, The Zoos Victoria team. More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

A whole lot to see, various shows on every hour and then. We saw the Dingos, Wombats, Tasmanian Devils, Koalas, Wallabies, etc, and even got to feed the parrots. Only place that has all the "Australia-only" animals and creatures. Such a great day out.

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

Hi Carie, Thanks for visiting the Healesville Sanctuary, and for sharing your experiences. We hope to see you again soon! Regards, The Zoos Victoria team. More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

kides and i loved it so fantasic best zoo in melbourn great day out . the only thing that let it down was the food in the cafe !!!!!!

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Astoria, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Healesville Sanctuary was amazing! We went on a cold, rainy day & it was still amazing. It was very hard to get to on our own (tram to train to bus to bus) but we also didn't get lost. I believe a lot of bus tours will bring you there, but we wanted to spend the whole day on our... More

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

Hi Astoria, Thanks so much for the great review. It is great to hear about your experiences, and that you loved the Wade with the Playtpus experience. We would love to see you again, every visit is helping us fight wildlife extinction. Cheers, The Zoos Victoria team. More

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