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Address: Badger Creek Road, Healesville, Victoria 3777, Australia
Phone Number: +61 3 5957 2800
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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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Love It! Peaceful, Natural Setting with Many Displays

I've been visiting Healesville Sanctuary since I was about 6 or 7 years old. Decades later, I still love it. The displays are certainly upgraded from when I was a kid, but the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
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Yarra Junction, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

I've been visiting Healesville Sanctuary since I was about 6 or 7 years old. Decades later, I still love it. The displays are certainly upgraded from when I was a kid, but the tranquility is superb. The Birds of Prey show is wonderful, and the Tassie devil feeding is entertaining (funniest little things!) I read a bad review, stating there... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Dont get me wrong its ok, I just think the zoo is better value for money, you have to pay extra to actually pat the animals and to honest there isn't really that many to look at, if your not from Australia its worth the visit but if you are then go to the open plains zoo at Werribee or... More 

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Croydon, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

I visited Healesville Sanctuary, not only, because I like animals, but I had just received, my Seniors Card and was dying to use it!! I received my seniors discount and had no problems. In a way that was disappointing, because I expected them to demand ID, to prove I was 60 years ( Ha! Ha!)!!!! I was given a map... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

I've been at uni in Melbourne for a couple of years and have always played with the idea of doing a day at Healesville Sanctuary. I love getting out of the city and into nature (I'm a Conservation Biology/Zoology student) and jumped at the opportunity when my boyfriend and his backpacking friends agreed it sounded fun. We went on a... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

This is not another tedious zoo! At the entrance , you think $27 is a bit steep, but after you go in, you soon realize where the money goes. And it is well spent. Quite a learning experience, especially the platypus section. If you get a chance, go.

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

love that it has a strong Australiana feel to this zoo. I love that they have lots of up close encounters that you can experience. and my family love the bird show. definitely not to be missed. how often do you get to see these birds up so close. they are beautiful

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Love coming here always something new I love being members as it's not only fabulous exercise for me but my children gets to see all the animals they love

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Enjoyed the day with overseas guests, I will admit I was expecting a fairly boring day as an Australian and thought I would definalty be jaded, I was so wrong, I loved it and would highly recommend it to families

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Waitara, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

This place is about 1 hour out of Melbourne up the Yarra Valley. We went there on a cold July day & there were a few animals that were asleep (& I couldn't blame them for that) but it was still great. It was well and truly worth the visit. The Bird Show was fabulous and the bird enclosures were... More 

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

Hi Dawn L, Thanks for sharing your experience at Healesville Sanctuary! We’re glad you enjoyed the Spirit of the Sky show. 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 

Greater Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

This is an asset to Victoria, great educational day out, all about Australian animals, the kids love it! Our favourite attraction is the birds of prey flight show! So much fun with the birds flying over your head. We also love the snake display.

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

Hi revenue_razor_au, Thanks for sharing your experience at Healesville Sanctuary! We’re glad you enjoyed the Spirit of the Sky Show. 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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Additional Information about Healesville Sanctuary

Address: Badger Creek Road, Healesville, Victoria 3777, Australia
Phone Number: +61 3 5957 2800
Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Yarra Valley  >  Healesville
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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