If you’re a fan of “Croc Hunter” Steve Irwin, you’ll know just how many amazing animals call Australia home. Healesville Sanctuary is considered one of Australia's best wildlife parks, where you can see a whole range of Australia’s native creatures in their natural habitat.
Sanctuary Map & Animals
Nestled in the foothills of the Yarra Valley, just one hour from Melbourne, the famous Sanctuary is your chance to get eye to eye with koalas, dingoes, kangaroos and the unique platypus, just a few of the 200 native species you’ll find flourishing in this beautiful bushland environment.
For an interactive map of the sanctuary outlining the main animal categories Click Here
There are a number of free presentations held at scheduled times each day. They are run by keepers with the likes of feedings and shows that allow visitors to get up close and personal to the animals. Shows and presentations are based around a specific animal or group of interest such as Tasmanian devils, Koalas and Kangaroos.
Birds Of Prey
Bird lovers will be especially impressed with Healesville Sanctuary's Birds of Prey Presentation, which was launched over ten years ago and has become one of the Sanctuary's 'must do' experiences.
Set in an outdoor amphitheatre, you’ll witness the breathtaking power and beauty of a wedge-tailed eagle flying just inches above your head. Other birds you might meet include the buzzard, kite, peregrine falcon, osprey and those wise and pensive owls.
You will also visit Karak, the South-eastern Red-tailed Black Cockatoo, who was the official Mascot of the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games.
Time: Everyday, 12:00 noon and 2:30pm (arrive 15 minutes before presentation times before gates are locked)
Indigenous Culture Walk
Indigenous history is also part of Healesville Sanctuary’s appeal, where visitors can get off the beaten track on the Burra Burra Yan Tour, with an Aboriginal guide to impart the ancient secrets of the bush.
Led by Murrindindi, a local Wurrundjeri interpreter and storyteller, his exclusive guided walk through the protected Bushland of Coranderrk offers an authentic experience of Victorian indigenous culture. See the Australian bush through the eyes of a traditional custodian of the land, who will reveal the medicinal and food uses of plants and the fascinating story of the boomerang.
Australian Wildlife Health Centre (AWHC)
The Australian Wildlife Health Centre, located in the Healesville Sanctuary, is a fully equipped and high tech designed animal hospital that allows visitors to closely learn and observe the workings of the veterinary clinic.
Visitors are likely to see the treatment of injured animals, those animals that are in recovery, emergencies, actual surgery while wildlife specialists share information and commentary. There are also a number of interactive activity stations and digital multimedia kiosks.
For more information about the AWHC Click Here
Special Sanctuary Encounters
Healesville Sanctuary gives visitors the unique opportunity for some personal time behind the scenes with animal professionals and the animals. These are wonderful to experience and a fantastic idea as a gift to a loved one. The encounters include:
- Close encounters with birds of prey
- Close encounters with night creatures
- Spend the morning with a keeper as they do their rounds in several areas with a range of the sanctuary’s animals.
- Spend the morning with a vet as they do their rounds with injured and sick animals. Even have the opportunity to be subject to an emergency and perhaps surgery.
For more information on these special encounters Click Here
Functions and Venues
“K & B Concepts in Food” are the caterers and event organizers at Healesville Sanctuary with a function room and outdoor event spaces amongst the various animal settings. They provide locally sourced Yarra Valley Gourmet food and wine with a diverse range of styles to suit your event needs.
Zoo Days and Times
- Days: Ever day of the year,
- Times: 9:00am to 5:00pm
Admission prices for Healesville sanctuary include seniors, disabled and family prices. Tickets may now be purchased online. For a full list of pricing and online bookings, Click Here
- Free guided tours (bookings required)
- Fully licensed bistro
- Takeaway food outlets
- Seating and tables (group bookings available)
> A picnic basket
> For groups
> Email: K& B Catering: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Gift & Souvenir Shop
Address: Badger Creek Road, Healesville
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How to Get Here
The location of the zoo is just an hour from Melbourne city
By Car (from Melbourne):
- Eastern Freeway
- Maroondah Highway
- (Turn right) Badger Creek Road
- Pass through Healesville
- Follow signage to Healesville Sanctuary