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Healesville Sanctuary
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Healesville Sanctuary and Yarra Valley Day Trip from Melbourne
Ranked #2 of 28 things to do in Healesville
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed November 13, 2012

Took my four year old son to Healesville on Sunday and did a lot of walking! It was our first time at the zoo and with the beauty of hindsight I would probably do things a little differently next time.

As most of the animals are in bushy, "natural settings" it can be hard work walking around with a younger child trying to spot stuff. Next time we will make a beeline for the more hands on stuff like the "Land of Parrots" enclosure which has the hand feeding of seed eating and nectar eating birds. Keepers were great and very good with smaller kids.

The animal hospital was interesting and there are some touch screen computers that kept my son entertained. He could not read the information but it was just fun to follow the story about a kookaburra being release back into the wild..

The Luna's Secret Forrest discovery centre was a fun thing to do for the kids. It is about the leadbeaters possums and the kids use a special torch and join in the multi-media show.... they even get to sit on bean bags. After the show kids can also "pledge" to join the fight to stop wildlife extinction by writing their name on a cardboard leaf to hang on the trees. There were lots of leave so I am guessing this one is a hit with the kids.

We missed the live baby animal's show as it was on at a totally different time to the program and there was only one show instead of two. Mixed messages about show time from the gate staff and grounds staff - bit of a communication issue there!

Reptiles were also good and we got to pat a bearded dragon and a stumpy tailed lizard.

Overall we had a good time but I thought I would have seen more animals for the time we were there. But with smaller kids I would say that you will not cover everything.

Thank PaperBoat4
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Reviewed November 11, 2012

Day trip out from Melbourne on a Saturday. Sanctuary quiet and took our own food. BBQ's looked good and the food in the cafes looked tempting. Staff very polite and there is enough to see to fill a day. Birds of Prey show is currently cancelled as result of work on cages but replaced with Dingoes, wombats, Roos etc. Still good.
Saw a few of the Meet the Keeper shows for the wombat and the Plat Billed Duckypus as it is sometimes known. Strange critter. Admission $26.10 each. Reasonable shade available in the heat.

Thank araf
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Reviewed November 8, 2012

This was our first tourist activity in Australia, we were still jet lagged but really wanted to get some sites under our belt.

Really loved seeing some indigenous animals, kangaroos, wallaby, koalas.

Managed to get in an outdoor picnic which was nice. If you can coordinate and get in the birds of prey show its definitely worthwhile.

Found it to be a little overpriced in hindsight but would probably recommend it all the same.

Thank James L
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

Having overseas visitors with a "wish list" of all the Australian animals and birds they must see on a short visit to Australia, Healesville Sanctuary fulfilled all their wishes. Excellent BBQ facilities in a bush setting helped give them a true Aussie experience, and we were even given the loan of a trolley to transport our supplies to the BBQ area. A thoroughly enjoyable day.

Thank sylvia56
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Reviewed November 2, 2012

This is a great attraction for the entire family. It is a very large and well equipped sanctuary with a great enclosures in a very park like environment, with heaps of Australian animals. There is a fair bit of walking for little children, so we took a pram for our toddler. We allowed about 3 hours to see the entire sanctuary, but you could spend longer.

Thank Erin H
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