We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Healesville Sanctuary

Certificate of Excellence
Nature & wildlife areas, Valleys, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities, Zoos & Aquariums
Improve this listing
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Badger Creek Road, Healesville, Victoria 3777, Australia
Phone Number: +61 3 5957 2800
Website
Today
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Closed now
See all hours
Hours:
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.
read more
Book ahead on Viator
Top Rated
$126*
and up
Puffing Billy Steam Train, Yarra Valley and Healesville Wildlife...

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 595 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 363
    Excellent
  • 177
    Very good
  • 36
    Average
  • 13
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Most recent review
Superb

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
Ian T
Add Photo Write a Review

595 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
16 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Perth, Australia
Top Contributor
147 reviews 147 reviews
73 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

What a great spot, only had 3 hours to spend but brilliant. Will come back again soon and take more time, pity the hospital section was closed, would have been interesting to see all the work going on behind the scenes.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Great Lakes
Top Contributor
69 reviews 69 reviews
8 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

One of the best attractions in the Melbourne area. We witnessed a bird of prey show, dingo's being walked, koala bears and baby koala, wombats and much more. All in a peaceful, walk-able setting.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Sunbury, Australia
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

The animals are number one at this sanctuary. We went in a quiet time when most kids were in school.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Melbourne, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

As avid travelers and travel writers we have seen many animal sanctuaries but we were more then thrilled with our experience at Healesville Sanctuary. They had two fantastic shows that we were able to watch 'Spirit of the Sky' and 'Tales from Platypus Creek' (the only Platypus show in the world). They were very well done, with humor, fun and... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Northampton, United Kingdom
Contributor
20 reviews 20 reviews
12 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

An amazing must visit place. So many animals to see, in an environment so close to their natural environment. Different shows and talks to see throughout the day. The big bonus see being the baby wombat in the sanctuary hospital. Happy paying the ticket prices because you know the money is going to the care and protection of the countries... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

Excellent day out. I have now visited quite a few of these sanctuaries since being in Australia. And this was the best so far. The bird show is fantastic. Before I visited I read that you have to pay extra for experiences with certain animals. I hadn't had to do this at other parks and thought it might be a... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015 via mobile

Our 1 year old daughter loves seeing animals and Healesville Sanctuary didn't disappoint! It was a hot day when we went and it was great that they allowed us to paddle in the river. The Birds of Prey show is a must and we loved the bubbly interactions between the keepers during the Platypus Show. If you have a family... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

This place is so special in so many ways. First of all, it's a rescue sanctuary and not a zoo (or I wouldn't have gone in the first place) and you can feel its charm and genuine atmosphere immediately. Secondly, it's only Australian wildlife, so if you're visiting and want to see some roos and koalas up close and in... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Van Nuys, CA
Contributor
11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

We arrived at 3:30, and even though the park closes at 5 PM, all of the shows and demonstrations are finished by about 2:30. What annoyed me most is that the reptile enclosure was already shut at 15 minutes before closing time. On top of that, $31 is extremely steep. I've visited both the Koala Park (Sydney) and Lone Pine... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Healesville Sanctuary also viewed

 

Been to Healesville Sanctuary? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Healesville Sanctuary staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Will you pick up and drop off at my hotel?
  • I have a family of 7. Can your tour accommodate all of us together?
  • How should I dress for this tour?