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  • Address: Australia
  • 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.

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Healesville Sanctuary General Entry Ticket, Yarra Valley, null
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Healesville Sanctuary General Entry Ticket

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

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 $25.29
Meet a Platypus at Healesville Sanctuary, Yarra Valley, Zoo Tickets & Passes
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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 $155.48
Puffing Billy Steam Train, Yarra Valley and Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary Day Tour, Melbourne, Zoo ... 
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Puffing Billy Steam Train, Yarra Valley and Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary Day Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 238 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 $128.79
Yarra Valley Wine and Wildlife Day Trip from Melbourne Including Healesville Sanctuary, Melbourne, ... 
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Yarra Valley Wine and Wildlife Day Trip from Melbourne Including Healesville Sanctuary

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

Enjoy a small-group full-day tour that combines native wildlife with wine tasting in Victoria’s internationally acclaimed Yarra Valley wine region. Set out ...  Read more

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

From USD $163.91
Healesville Sanctuary and Puffing Billy Steam Train Day Trip from Melbourne, Melbourne, Day Trips
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Healesville Sanctuary and Puffing Billy Steam Train Day Trip from Melbourne

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Take a day trip from Melbourne to check out the Healesville Sanctuary and the Puffing Billy Steam Train. At Healesville Sanctuary you’ll meet ...  Read more

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

From USD $124.11
Healesville Sanctuary and Yarra Valley Day Trip from Melbourne, Melbourne, Day Trips
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Healesville Sanctuary and Yarra Valley Day Trip from Melbourne

4 star rating: Recommended 1 Review

From wombats to wine, enjoy a day of Australian delights on this tour from Melbourne to Yarra Valley and Healesville Sanctuary. At the zoo, you'll see koalas, ...  Read more

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $124.89
Melbourne Combo: Great Ocean Road plus Healesville Sanctuary and Puffing Billy and Melbourne ... 
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Melbourne Combo: Great Ocean Road plus Healesville Sanctuary and Puffing Billy and Melbourne Attraction Pass

Take in the best bits of Melbourne and Victoria with this great-value super saver deal, combining three best selling tours into one money-saving package. ...  Read more

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Duration: Flexible

From USD $225.58
Healesville Sanctuary with Winery Lunch Day Tour, Melbourne, Super Savers
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Healesville Sanctuary with Winery Lunch Day Tour

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 $140.50
Puffing Billy Train Day Trip Including Healesville Sanctuary from Melbourne, Melbourne, Nature & ... 
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Puffing Billy Train Day Trip Including Healesville Sanctuary from Melbourne

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better 1 Review

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 $160.79
Yarra Valley Wine and Wildlife Self-Driving Tour Including De Bortoli Winery and Healesville ... 
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Yarra Valley Wine and Wildlife Self-Driving Tour Including De Bortoli Winery and Healesville Sanctuary

Experience this self-drive Yarra Valley wine and wildlife day tour as you explore what there is to offer in the Yarra Valley in your own time. Start your day ...  Read more

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $68.69

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