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Healesville Sanctuary

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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 is not just another zoo that exhibits animals you to see. It blends with fauna and flora to give you a shady realistic feel around.it is not free range there for it... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 30, 2015
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Panadura, Sri Lanka
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

Healesville is not just another zoo that exhibits animals you to see. It blends with fauna and flora to give you a shady realistic feel around.it is not free range there for it is unavoidable seeing animals in cages and enclosures. You would find whole experience enjoyable. Bird cages where you can feed the birds and pet them is full... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

Australia is home to some pretty weird and wonderful organisms and this is certainly one place to learn about, and see, these magnificent creatures. You could easily spend hours walking through the park and talking to rangers - staff are engaging and highly knowledgable. If the weather is bad DON'T give this a miss - although most exhibits are outdoors,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

I like the place because it is located outside melbourne city and the place is really a good sanctuary to the animals. i liked the bird and parrot show especially those animals that you can only see in Australia. If you have vehicle, the place is easily accessible in Healesville you can just google the place and you can see... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

A day trip to healesville sanctuary with our overseas visitors was fantastic. With so many sanctuaries in victoria I really had a hard time picking one to visit with our OS visitors. I wanted to make sure they had a close encounter with native australian animals and we weren't disappointed. We were still able to walk into a number of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

A short drive out of town and we easily found this lovely place. We were given a great overview by the ticket lady which helped us plan our 'encounters' both behind the wire and the normal position. The Dingos have made a lasting impression on our daughter and the Spirits of the Sky included some really low flypasts, which had... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Wow this place is just amazing the fact that its an almost all natural habitat zoo is great. The shows are just amazing and the bird show wow the kids still talk about it months later. The Aussie animals here are great and the interactive stuff really is great for the kids. Have been many times and will be going... More 

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Echuca
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

This is a beautiful place the animals are well cared for and the bird fights are really good, well worth a day out with the family

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

After 7 years wie were visiting again. Opposite to last time seit-up has been improved much. Particularly enjoyed the many animal encounters such as wombats, rock wallabies with joeys, birds of prey show, koalas and rainbow lorrikeets. Keep going!

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

We were travelling with a 5 year old kid and wanted to show her native Australian animals in a closer to nature type setting and not typical zoo. This place fit the bill amongst all other places in and around Melbourne (of course Currumbin is still my favourite). One can seen the animals in their natural habitat...nice picnic spot as... More 

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Gympie, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Loved this zoo. Great natural environment. Great collection of Australia animals. The boys enjoyed the indoor theatre were you have torches to find the nocturnal animals. We all loved the animal vets and the platypus exhibit. Is great that you can buy a three park pass.

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