Healesville Sanctuary

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Healesville Sanctuary
4.5
Nature & Wildlife Areas • Zoos • Valleys
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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
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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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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EndlessTravels
Greater Melbourne, Australia35,314 contributions
Feb 2020 • Family
Seems to be less and less animals every time we visit but it’s still worth a visit (I would recommend a zoo membership to
get best value). I would recommend visiting a eatery in area (eg winery or distillery) before you visit.

TIP: bring a water container as they have numerous free fill up stations. You can also bring a picnic
Written February 10, 2020
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Abby D
9 contributions
Feb 2020 • Family
Our family really enjoyed visiting this animal sanctuary/zoo. We bought tickets online on their website, which may be discounted relative to buying at the entrance (not sure about this). The aviaries are great - don’t miss the wetlands exhibit with close-up views of spoonbills, ibis, herons, storks, and other water birds. The lone wombat and Tasmanian devil were a bit elusive, but came out when staff fed them. My one regret was going after lunch, since it was quite hot and humid, and many of the exhibits close by mid-afternoon, so o recommend going as early in the day as practical. The town of Healesville has some good dining options and lots of local wineries if you want to make a day of it.
Written February 24, 2020
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jeff B
Chelmsford, UK391 contributions
Feb 2020
This is a very well laid out sanctuary the best of three we visited in Australia , the highlight is the bird display which is very professional, at midday . To see the site it takes about 2-3 hours to tour . The day we went the Platypus display, which we particularly wanted to see was cancelled due to "sickness" as we all settled down in the seated area to see -No advance warning which was disappointing . The compounds for all the animals looked good and the whole area is blended in with the surrounding countryside and bush . Definitely worth a visit if you have any interest in Australian wildlife
Written February 25, 2020
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia10,761 contributions
Jun 2022
Children will love Healesville Sanctuary, you can get up close to the animals. All the birds and animals are Australian natives. Healesville Sanctuary is a zoo, with many Australian native animals, including the wild dingoes, kangaroos, koalas, wallabies, wombats and many more. Make sure you don't miss the platypus display. The Healesville Sanctuary is one of the few zoos in the world to breed platypus successfully. There are over 200 species of native birds. By the way, the animals all live in a natural Australian bushland setting.
Written June 6, 2022
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StephenR285
Canberra, Australia720 contributions
Feb 2022
Four adults visited mid week after booking tickets on line and we really enjoyed our three hours exploring the Sanctuary. We followed the suggested trail and saw animals we had not seen before plus we went to the amazing bird show and finished off with lunch in one of the cafes. We loved the experience and could certainly see why children love going there .
Written March 22, 2022
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WallyHolland
Voorburg, The Netherlands396 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
As a Zoo it is more than fine. The park is not that big but you still need approx 3 to 4 hours to see it all.

You get the possibility to come up close and personal with specific animals if you are willing to pay more.

Overall good, but it stays a Zoo. It is better to see animals in the wild.
Written February 23, 2020
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tinker
Sydney, Australia80 contributions
Dec 2019
We made the mistake of going to Healesville on a hot summer day (34 degrees in Melbourne meant it was getting close to 40 at Healesville).

Due to the heat, it was not surprising that most of the animals were trying to find somewhere cool to rest. The koalas were asleep (par for the course), the kangaroos were lying down the back of their enclosures, and sadly they had to cancel the bird show that we were really looking forward to.

On the plus side, the staff did all they could to keep everyone cool and happy. The indoor enclosures (platypus, reptiles and nocturnal creatures) were handy for letting us escape the heat too.
Written January 12, 2020
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Hi Tinker901, Thanks for your feedback. We're glad to hear the indoor enclosures provided some shelter from the heat. The welfare of our animals is our number one priority, so on warm weather days we make sure they have lots of shadey areas or inside areas where they have choice to access. However, this may mean our visitors struggle to see them. We apologise for the inconvenience caused from this. We hope you do make it back to the Sanctuary on a cooler day to enjoy the beautiful grounds and animals. Kind regards, Zoos Victoria
Written January 14, 2020
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MrDavetheSarks
Melbourne, Australia20,220 contributions
Jan 2020
It is tricky to get to by public transport, especially if you live on the other side of the city. Still, the trip is definitely worth it. Focused mostly on native animals, and animals that one tends to find around here. Great demonstrations as well. well worth a visit.
Written April 24, 2020
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CoastrunnerVictoria
Doreen, Australia152 contributions
Dec 2020
We visited on New Years eve and spent about one and a half hours there.
Unfortunately not all exhibits were open to visitors for whatever reason. We were hoping to see more snakes in the reptile enclosure, but the only one we actually sighted was the large python. There were only 2 snake enclosures which surprised us.
The highlight of the time there was a temporary dinosaur display with a walking track that winded its way through the various moving, roaring exhibits.
Apparently it won't be there much longer as it's very expensive to show them off.
Written January 1, 2021
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Hi CoastrunnerVictoria, Thank you for visiting Healesville Sanctuary and leaving this feedback. Please be assured this has been passed on to the relevant teams. Unfortunately we do have some exhibits closed for various reasons. This could be due to maintenance and cleaning or health checks with the animals for example. We're glad to hear you enjoyed the Dinosaurs, which will be at all three zoos over the summer. We do hope you make it back to Healesville Sanctuary in the future for a more enjoyable experience. Kind regards, Zoos Victoria
Written February 2, 2021
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia10,761 contributions
Feb 2022
Healesville Sanctuary is a great day out for the family, and especially overseas guests. We took our grandchildren, who loved the kangaroos and koalas. The reptiles were popular, as were the native birds, The platypus are unique to Australia and drew p gasps of amazement from our overseas visitors,
Written February 3, 2022
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