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Healesville Sanctuary

1300 966 784

Healesville Sanctuary, in the heart of the Yarra Valley, is world-renowned as the best place to see Australian wildlife in their natural habitat.

The Sanctuary is 30 hectares of 70 acres of bushland that offers a distinctly Australian setting for visitors to experience unique close-up encounters with some of Australia's unique and endearing wildlife, including koalas, kangaroos, wombats, emus, dingoes, birds of prey and platypus. It is also an ideal place to enjoy the best food and wine the Yarra Valley has to offer.

Do not miss seeing Spirits of the Sky, a free flight presentation featuring Australian raptors such as the Wedge Tailed Eagle, and colourful parrot species. 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.

Visitors are 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.

Healesville Sanctuary is an Australian wildlife experience that centres on local conservation and indigenous culture. Set in a beautiful natural environment, the Sanctuary offers a place for people and animals to reconnect with nature from creek to canopy. Healesville Sanctuary plays a critical role in saving some of the world's most endangered animals.

Children under 16 years of age receive free entry every weekend, during Victorian Government school holidays and on Victorian public holidays.

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Healesville Sanctuary is 65 kilometres from Melbourne. From Melbourne, head east along Maroondah Highway through Ringwood, Lilydale and Coldstream. Follow the signs to Healesville. Once in the township of Healesville, turn right into Badger Creek Road and travel four kilometres. Follow the signs that direct you to Healesville Sanctuary. For further details visit the Healesville Sanctuary website.

  • Car park
  • Coach parking
  • Guide
  • Interactive centre
  • Kiosk
  • Picnic area
  • Public telephone
  • Public toilet
  • Sheltered area
  • Animal Viewing
Tourism awards:
  • 1998 - Victorian Tourism Awards
Opening hours:

Children under 16 years of age recieve free entry every weekend, on Victorian school holidays and Victorian public holidays.

  • Monday to Sunday
    9:00am - 5:00pm
    Healesville Sanctuary is open from 9:00am to 5:00pm every day of the year.
  • Inbound Tour Operators Association
  • Tourism Council Australia

Contact operator for further details.