Explore a bushland haven for Australian wildlife at Healesville Sanctuary, just one hour from Melbourne in the stunning Yarra Valley wine region.
Wander through the tranquil tracks and meet some iconic Australian animals like Koalas, Kangaroos, Platypus, Dingoes, Wombats and Emus in their natural surrounds.
Healesville Sanctuary is internationally renowned around the globe for its work saving endangered Australian species. It is also home to the Australian Wildlife Centre, a hospital which treats more than 2000 sick and injured native animals every year.
Healesville Sanctuary, nestled in the lovely Yarra Valley, offers a closer and more intimate look at many animals than your traditional zoo - set amongst amazing, green surroundings, there's a huge range of Australian fauna and flora to witness here; pat and feed emus and kangaroos, walk inside the excellent bird enclosure and have them land on your shoulders, and even meet some of the newly born baby animals!
All the major Australian species are covered here, including platypus, dingoes, wombats, koalas and much more, and many are showcased during the daily keeper presentations where you'll be able to gain further insight into each amazing creature.
Highlighted by the excellent Birds of Prey show, there's plenty to do at Healesville Sanctuary to keep you occupied for a full day, and it's a destination both families with kids and international visitors are sure to love.
Ideal both as a must-visit if you're staying in the Yarra Valley or for a day trip from Melbourne, Healesville Sanctuary is ideal for those wanting a break from the traditional zoo experience and who want to get far more "hands-on"with their wildlife. If you're wanting to see one of Australia's top native-wildlife-oriented attractions, then book your tickets to Healesville Sanctuary online today.
Magic Moments: Book a close-up encounter and have your photo taken with an amazing Australian animal.
Wade with the Platypus: A world-first experience in which you can wade and play with this unique mammal in its play pool.
Fighting Extinction Tour: Venture behind the scenes and meet some of the endangered animals the Sanctuary is fighting to save.
Spirits of the Sky: Be awed by Australia's parrots and magnificent birds of prey in this daily show.
Healesville Sanctuary is just a one hour journey from Melbourne CBD travelling east towards the Yarra Valley.
Travelling by public transport
Catch a train to Lilydale station. Bus (685) to Healesville, then Bus (686 to Badger Creek) to Healesville Sanctuary.
Visit PTV for tram, train and bus times. (Tip: Use their Journey Planner for public transport directions. Enter your starting address in the "From" box and enter "Healesville Sanctuary" as a landmark in the "To" box).
Travelling by car
From Melbourne CBD
Take the Eastern Freeway out of Melbourne, then drive east along Maroondah Highway through Ringwood and Lilydale to Healesville. Turn right into Badger Creek Road, just past the township centre. From there, road signs will guide you to Healesville Sanctuary.
From Melbourne Aiport (Tullamarine)
Take the Tullamarine Freeway (M2) and then take the first major exit on your left - the M80/Western Ring Road (Hume Freeway/Greensborough direction). Continue on the Ring Road to Greensborough and take the left exit onto the Greensborough Highway. Take the exit for Kangaroo Ground-Wattle Glen Road. Continue to the end, turn right and take the first left into Eltham-Yarra Glen Road. From there, follow road signs to Healesville Sanctuary.
Healesville Sanctuary general admission tickets (Kids are free on weekends)
From $38.00 AUD
❊ What's On ❊
❊ Address & Contact ❊
⊜ Badger Creek Road, Healesville | Map
✆ 1300 966 784
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❊ Web Links ❊
→ Healesville Sanctuary
→ Healesville Sanctuary From Wikipedia
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→ Werribee Open Range Zoo
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→ Melbourne Zoo
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