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  • Hours: Zoos open 9am-5pm daily. Entry gates close at 3:30pm.
  • Admission: Adults $31.60; Children 4-15, $15.80 (Mon-Fri), Free (Sat, Sun, School Holidays);

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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.

Photo courtesy of Healesville Sanctuary

Practical Info

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

Tours & Tickets

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Healesville Sanctuary General Entry Ticket

Gain entry into the Healesville Sanctuary, an animal refuge crawling with creatures that are all native to Australia. Among the many family-friendly activities ...  Read more

Location: Healesville, Victoria
Duration: Flexible

From USD $23.19

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

4.5 star rating: Recommended 203 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 $116.70

Melbourne Sightseeing and Attraction Pass

4.5 star rating: Recommended 45 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 $65.32

Puffing Billy Train Day Trip with Healesville Sanctuary Meet and Greet from Melbourne

Board the historic Puffing Billy train ride through the Dandenongs to Menzies Creek. This tour also includes wine tasting and lunch at Fergusson's winery, ...  Read more

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $146.06

Australia Multi-City Attractions Pass

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 8 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 $128.44

Healesville Sanctuary VIP Meet and Feed Day Trip from Melbourne

Surround yourself with Australian wildlife at one of Australia's biggest wildlife sanctuarys - Healesville Sanctuary, home to over 200 species of birds, ...  Read more

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $127.71

Meet a Platypus at Healesville Sanctuary

Enjoy a hands-on experience with a platypus at Healesville Sanctuary that takes you into the water to interact with one of Australia's most timid creatures. ...  Read more

Location: Healesville, Victoria
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $146.06

Healesville Sanctuary: Indigenous Wildlife Experience

Delve into the natural world of native Australia during the Indigenous Wildlife Experience at Healesville Sanctuary. Enjoy an exclusive tour with an indigenous ...  Read more

Location: Healesville, Victoria
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $109.36

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