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Healesville Sanctuary

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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...more
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Badger Creek Road, Healesville, Victoria 3777, Australia
+61 1300 966 784
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The Healesville Sanctuary is big and well ran by friendly staff. There are plenty of picnic spots and water refill stations around. The day we were there it was really busy and really hot. unfortunately the bird show was cancelled after the first bird, the...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank N1C0LA
Reviewed 2 days ago

Great place to take young & old alike. Good examples of Australian wildlife. I went with my Australian grandsons & they were impressed & excited about the animals they saw. The layout makes it interesting & not just walking round a one way route. Amenities...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank MCSC2014
Reviewed 2 days ago

Went to healesville on a Yarra Valley and healesville day trip. I wish we had started earlier as I could have been there all day, Great keepers who really care and know their animals. Plenty of signposts and water stations. So many play areas for...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank jom2345
Reviewed 2 days ago

As locals, we are often at Sanctuary hanging out and it is never boring. Could watch the bird show every day. Their conservation work is fab.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 995meaganh
Reviewed 2 days ago

The sanctuary is well worth a visit. We took the family there in Dec 18 and it was well worth going and pretty good value for money. We visited the bird and platypus show and both were extremely informative and entertaining. We recommend going with...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We recently had guests visit from the UK and I felt obliged to escort them around. I quizzed them on what they wanted to see in Australia. They replied “we want to see some Australian wildlife”. The first place that sprung to mind was the...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank buxtonic
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We went to Healesville Sanctuary (our family of 4 are members at Zoos Victoria, but it is our first time in this Sanctuary) on the 29th December with our family, with 2 young kids and visitors from overseas who wanted to have a close encounter...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank msninabonita
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

What a wonderful place. I’ve been here so many times since my kids where toddlers to now teenagers and it never disappoints. I love the flight show so much. But also so many other interactive things to do with animals. We always love our visits...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank MelbtoQLD
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Best to get there as it opens in summer as cooler and quieter. We were there for 5 hours. Take a water bottle, you'll need hydration. The keepers talks are worth attending. The bird show is almost worth cost of entry on its own.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank simonn871
Reviewed 6 days ago

I loved this place. It was clean, the animals were really cool. I loved being able to walk around with the kangaroos. The restaurant had some nice options.

Date of experience: December 2018
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shade l
December 24, 2018|
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Response from elkingtonkaren | Reviewed this property |
Yes, you can have a close encounter with quite a few of the animals at the Healesville Sanctuary- which does include the Wombats. This does cost extra - in addition to the entry fee -and I believe it needs to be booked in... More
October 6, 2018|
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Response from russellp756 | Reviewed this property |
I am pretty sure it is where you enter the roped off area with a ranger and hand feed the kangaroos. The ranger gives a personalised talk about the animals. Personally I don’t think it is worth the additional money as you... More
Reyna L
September 10, 2018|
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Response from Sandra W | Reviewed this property |
Take it gently and plan the day there. Have relaxed lunch in the cafe where those that want to can have a glass of wine. I am sure you can get assistance for those with mobility issues. Ring and chat to Healsville... More
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My wife and I and our two year old son will be spending two weeks in Victoria and Tasmania next month. So far, the only dates that are fixed is we arrive in Melbourne on April 1 (morning) and leave from Hobart on April 16 (evening). We will be renting a car and staying in hotels/B&Bs. Things we would like to see/do: scenic drives, light hiking/walking, wildlife, good restaurants Things we don't necessarily need to see: big cities, beaches, crowds An ideal day involves ~2 hours...More
March 22, 2017|
Response fromLoki_crazycat|
Firstly, spend day 1 in Melbourne to sleep off the worst of the jet lag. Driving to Healesville on the day you arrive from an international flight is not a good idea. I know you said you are not interested in cities, but this is a safety issue. Consider visiting Melbourne Zoo or the Aquarium, both of which can be reached by public transport. Pick up the car early on day 2, drive to Healesville and visit the Sanctuary then. I prefer Phillip Island to the Mornington Peninsula. On PI you will...More
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....and now in reading more about getting to Cradle mtn and it being a very bad idea in the dark....my flight gets into Launceston at 11:30am.....do I have enough time to get my bags, get the car and get to the Highlanders at Cradle mtn before dark? Seems I should be ok but I could not live with myself if I hit a wombat!
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Hi All Im going to Melbourne in Nov 2015 for 13 days and this is my first area itinerary - Yarra Valley. Would like to have your advice and opinion on below itinerary for Yarra Valley. Also please suggest Day 1 and Day 2, where is the best place to overnight? Any place to recommend to stay? 3 days 2 nights Yarra Valley Day 1 From Melbourne drive to Yarra Glen thru Eltham and Kangaroo Ground Domaine Chandon vine yard Cheese factory Yarra Glen Chocolate factory Day...More
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Response fromGraeme G|
Hello What is your intention for visiting Lake Mountain? The snow will be melted or reduced to slush by November. You have ample time to visit Yarra Glen and could include Healesville and the wildlife sanctuary. Cheers