Healesville Sanctuary

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Healesville Sanctuary: General Admission Ticket

1. Healesville Sanctuary: General Admission Ticket

Wander through the tranquil tracks and meet over 200 species of Australian animals, including the iconic koalas, kangaroos, platypus, dingoes, wombats and emus in their natural surrounds.  Enjoy the fantastic Spirits of the Sky experience, a hugely popular free show that takes place at Healesville Sanctuary daily. Be awed by the beauty and power of these birds as they demonstrate their incredible ability to fly.  During your day, don’t miss Healesville Sanctuary’s platypus show, Tales from Platypus Creek. Come face-to-face with this iconic species in this interactive show. Observe the platypus as they interact with keepers, play in the water and even enjoy having their tummies tickled!  Healesville Sanctuary is internationally renowned for its work saving endangered Australian species at the Australian Wildlife Center. Visit the center, which treats more than 2000 sick and injured native animals every year.  Be sure to visit the treetops of Koala Forest and hop into Kangaroo Country to see red kangaroos, tree kangaroos and wombats!

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Melbourne: Puffing Billy & Healesville Sanctuary Scenic Tour

2. Melbourne: Puffing Billy & Healesville Sanctuary Scenic Tour

Drive from your central accommodation in a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle with free Wi-Fi to the world-famous Puffing Billy steam train. Ride Puffing Billy from Belgrave to Emerald Lake Park. Enjoy this iconic steam train ride through the glorious Dandenong Ranges, one of the most popular tourist destinations in Victoria. Enjoy Devonshire morning tea in the Sherbrooke forest. Then, explore the world-renowned Healesville Sanctuary where you can wander at your leisure, viewing native animals such as koalas, kangaroos, platypus, birds of prey, and more. Take a seat and learn something new at the animal education lessons and live shows. You can also purchase your lunch here as well. Finish with a visit to the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie, where you can sample complimentary chocolates. Return back to your accommodation in central Melbourne.

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Melbourne: Healesville Sanctuary & Phillip Island Tour

3. Melbourne: Healesville Sanctuary & Phillip Island Tour

After being picked up from your accommodation in Melbourne, ride in air-conditioned comfort with free Wi-Fi to your first stop on this full-day tour. Wander around the world-renowned Healesville Sanctuary and see Australia's native wildlife, including koalas, kangaroos, platypus, birds of prey, and more. Take part in animal education lessons and live shows to learn more about these wonderful creatures. Choose to buy your lunch here before heading to the next stop. Visit Nobbies Tourist Information Center, where you will be able to find out all you need to know about the Nobbies Blowhole and Seal Rock precinct. Then, continue to the Nobbies Lookout and Boardwalk. Take on the glorious views of the Nobbies and Seal Rock region from this iconic viewpoint. Walk along the boardwalk with ocean views to the Nobbies Blowhole and Seal Rock and enjoy the spectacular surrounds. Head to Phillip Island, where you can purchase your dinner at the venue. Then, get ready to witness the world-famous Penguin Parade. Watch the penguins emerge from the rolling waves and make their way across the sand to their burrows. After a day to delight animal and nature lovers, return back to Melbourne city center and be dropped back off at your accommodation.

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From Melbourne: Yarra Valley Wildlife & Wine Day Tour

4. From Melbourne: Yarra Valley Wildlife & Wine Day Tour

Travel through the bush laden suburbs of the north-east to the world-famous Healesville Sanctuary, a little over a 1-hour drive from Melbourne. With more than 200 species of native animals on display, this is a great start to the tour. Located on 75 acres of beautiful bushland, the Sanctuary is a magical place to observe many of Australia's iconic animals. In the early afternoon, travel to the Yering Station Vineyard for lunch in a stunning Wine Bar Restaurant. With its world-class views and cuisine, there's an a la carte selection from which to select your main course meal and glass of wine. After lunch, visit the original winery (circa 1859) that features local artworks and produce as well as estate and reserve wines to taste. Finally, make your last stop of the day at the De Bortoli Vineyard at Dixons Creek. It’s a great end to the day with superbly flavored cheeses that compliment the sparkling, table and dessert wines. The journey home takes you through Steels Creek and Christmas Hills for superb Valley views and maybe, the occasional kangaroo.

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What people are saying about Healesville Sanctuary

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 60 reviews

An unforgettable and wonderful experience! The organization was very professional and always updating on every single detail. The van was truly comfortable. Our tour guide Matt was very informative, professional and always trying to fit all our needs during the trip, paying attention to all the details and explaining throughout all the places we went past an interesting description. Believe me when I say that this tour is good value for the money! Beautiful landscapes and personalised attention, you won't be disappointed.

If you do not have the opportunity to see animals in the wild do not hesitate a minute visit this sanctuary. Very well laid out, very well organized, the caretakers are there to listen to you and are incredibly kind. Just a small piece to help rescue certain breeds is not going to ruin it.

Beautiful and large sanctuary in the forest. Many animals are in open enclosures the visitors go through. This is great to see these animals from that close! Really great experience, on par with the Ballarat Wildlife park in terms of experience. Healesville is bigger though.

Was fantastic and so amazing and enjoyable.

Seeing all those precious animals was a pure delight. It was so nice seeing the staff taking an earnest interest in their jobs and you could see they were passionate about animal conservation and preserving the environment for the wildlife and future generations.

It is a haven of peace in a very pretty region of Australia .... the animals are incredibly well treated and the animal activities are surprising. Bravo to the teams of carers