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  • Hours: Zoos open 9am-5pm daily. Entry gates close at 3:30pm.
  • Admission: Children 4-15, $12.90; Adults $26.10

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Healesville Sanctuary

Healesville Sanctuary is the best place in Victoria to see and interact with native Australian wildlife. Set in natural bushland, the Sanctuary offers the unique opportunity to get up close to Australian animals in an environment that mirrors their natural habitat.

You can easily spend the best part of a day wandering the shaded paths around the sanctuary that take you past Australia’s iconic and lesser-known wildlife. Meet the dingo packs, koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, wombats and echidnas and view Australia’s most dangerous reptiles. See an array of colorful and unusual birds such as emus, cassowaries, parrots, owls and eagles, and watch the world’s most elusive water animal, the Platypus, at play.

Entry to the sanctuary includes admission to several wildlife shows including the fantastic Spirits of the Sky held in the sanctuary’s flight arena. Here you can watch and admire several spectacular birds of prey as they show off their flying and hunting prowess and their colorful plumage.

With a mission to protect Australian wildlife, the sanctuary also contains The Australian Wildlife Health Centre, where you can observe the vets and nurses treating sick or injured wildlife in need of care.

Practical Info

Healesville Sanctuary is located on Badger Creek Road, Healesville, one hours drive east of Melbourne.

Tours & Tickets

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Puffing Billy Steam Train, Yarra Valley and Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary Day Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 175 Reviews

Visit the Dandenong Ranges on a day trip from Melbourne that takes you riding through forests of towering mountain ash gum trees and giant tree ferns on the ...  Read more

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $146.52

Melbourne Sightseeing and Attraction Pass

4 star rating: Recommended 36 Reviews

See Melbourne and beyond with a Melbourne sightseeing attractions pass and save. It's the smart travel companion for every visitor to Melbourne. You can choose ...  Read more

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Duration: Varies

From USD $87.54

Melbourne Shore Excursion: Healesville Sanctuary and Puffing Billy Steam Train

2.5 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better 5 Reviews

When your cruise ship docks in Melbourne, you’ll be picked up at the port and taken inland to check out the Healesville Sanctuary and the Puffing Billy Stream ...  Read more

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $161.26

Australia Multi-City Attractions Pass

3 star rating: Worth doing 5 Reviews

Explore the best of what Australia has to offer with an Australia Multi-City Attractions Pass. See more and save up to 50% on admission to Australia's favorite ...  Read more

Location: Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Hobart
Duration: Valid for 3 months from the date of card activation

From USD $155.73

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