Yarra Valley and Healesville Sights

Healesville Sanctuary

  • Badger Creek Rd. Map It
  • Healesville
  • Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

Published 07/21/2016

Fodor's Review

Come face-to-face with wedge-tailed eagles, grumpy wombats, nimble sugar gliders, and shy platypuses at Healesville Sanctuary, a lovely, leafy, native wildlife sanctuary. Don't miss the twice-daily Spirits of the Sky show, during which raptors and parrots fly close overhead; and the daily Tales from Platypus Creek session, which features Australia's most unusual critter. You can pat a dingo or feed an emu on a Magic Moments experience (A$12 extra), and for A$199 you can join a platypus in the water via the Wade with the Platypus option. Another highlight is the Land of Parrots aviary, where you can feed and interact with colorful birds. You can also view the animal hospital to see wildlife recovering from injury or illness. The Future Vets play space lets kids—and their parents—dress up as vets and role-play caring for animals. Take a break and refuel at the Sanctuary Harvest café, which serves snacks and meals made with local and seasonal produce.

Sight Information

Address:

Badger Creek Rd., Healesville, Victoria, 3777, Australia

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Phone:

03-5957–2800; 1300-966784

Website: www.zoo.org.au

Sight Details:

  • A$31.60
  • Children free on weekends

Published 07/21/2016

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