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Address: Badger Creek Road, Healesville, Victoria 3777, Australia
Phone Number: +61 3 5957 2800
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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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Interesting look at Australian wildlife

I attended on a bus tour so only had a two hour look around after having a meal in their cafeteria - where food was at a reasonable price. We were shown around the various... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
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Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

I attended on a bus tour so only had a two hour look around after having a meal in their cafeteria - where food was at a reasonable price. We were shown around the various sections by a volunteer who tried to pack as much in as possible. We saw kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, platypus, koalas & echidna, plus saw a... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Loved most things about it. We took our time & wandered all over the Sanctuary, following the main path, then going off along the secondary tracks, so that we saw almost all there was to see. We particularly enjoyed the 'Birds of Prey' display & the most interesting display & talk regarding the platypus'. The couple that did the talk... More 

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Como, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

A really educational and easy place to walk around. Even though it was raining, it didn't matter, we just donned our ponchos. The food was great (for humans I mean). I'm sure the animals' food is good too!

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

One of my favourite places, we have a Zoo Membership (which is so worth it) and have visited here twice now, each time you see something different. Quiet in the morning's and busier by afternoon, but no busy like a Zoo gets so you don't rush you're way round. The magic moments are perfectly priced and so far we've done... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

The sites is huge, many things to see, and there is an opportunity to interact with some of the animals. It has a good variety of animals with multiple shows. the animals were well treated, Have to arrive early, and plan for the trip in order not to miss the animal shows. Its also provides good information related to the... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Generally I don't care for zoos. I think the animals are treated poorly, and it makes me a bit sad. This was nothing like that. The animals all look happy - living in their natural habitats, and are well cared for. The parrot enclosure has plenty of "interloper" birds who have just snuck in for the food - and they... More 

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Torquay, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Been a long time since being here but its just such a great place. very intimate, kids loved it and the bird show is incredible. Amazing cafe food for a public place. All places should be like this

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

Hi John, 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 

Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

We did this as part of a Wildlife and Winery tour out of Melbourne. The word Sanctuary leaves one to think this is a safe haven for animals that have been rescued. This was presented to us to have all Australian animals and it certainly does. For those few animals we were not able to see in the wild during... More 

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Loughborough, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015 via mobile

as with everything here it's pricy. But at last something that really felt like value for money in Victoria. Great atmosphere, massive range of Aussie wildlife to see. Well worth a trip and don't miss the bird of prey exhibition.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

This place allows you to ramble through an animal wonderland. Each in its habitat, rarely a cage in vew; virtually all the creatures typifying Australia are there, at their own pleasure, for your enjoyment. We witnessed a bird of prey demonstration that was far better than I have seen in any country so far. The birds fly in to the... More 

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

Hi Ian, thanks for taking the time to leave us such a detailed and lovely review. It is fabulous to hear that you had such a great time at the Sanctuary. Kind regards, Zoos Victoria. More 

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