The Wonderful Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary

Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary - a picture of two birds sitting on a branch. See Australian native animals
Two Zebra Finches sit on a branch in one of the Healesville Wildlife Santuary's walk-through bird enclosures

The Healesville Animal Sanctuary is a wonderful place to visit and experience Australian native animals with guided tours and up-close encounters.

Located in the beautiful Yarra Valley just a few hours drive from Victoria’s capital, Melbourne, the sanctuary is home to over 200 species of Australian native animals, including kangaroos, koalas, dingoes, and the wierd but wonderful platypus.
The koala
The koala is a unique Australian animal that eats eucalypt leaves.

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The Healesville Animal Sanctuary is a great way to learn about Australian native animals and their habitats. 

Visitors can take part in interactive activities, such as feeding the kangaroos and koalas, or take a guided tour to learn more about the sanctuary and its inhabitants. The sanctuary also offers educational programs for school groups, and hosts events throughout the year.

The sanctuary also offers a close encounter with one of Australia’s strangest animals, the platypus. You can walk through the  platypus habitat and sprinkle some food on the water to encourage this unique animal to forage around you 


Some of the close-up encounters book out early, so be sure you plan your visit. If you are not a zoo member, you need to book your tickets online for general admission. You can get all the details here 

Wedge tailed eagle
The Spirits of the Sky display features many of Australia's wild birds in free flight over the audience. Particularly spectacular is the wedge tailed eagle display.
Australian native birds at the Healesville Wildlife Santuary
The natural surroundings at the Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary make your visit an enjoyable experience.

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