Healesville Sanctuary, Healesville

(4.3/5 based on 1,300+ reviews on the web)
Explore a bushland haven for Australian wildlife at Healesville Sanctuary, just one hour from Melbourne in the stunning Yarra Valley wine region. Wander through the tranquil tracks and meet iconic Australian animals including koalas, kangaroos, platypus, dingoes, wombats, and emus. Make sure you head along to the daily keeper talks and presentations including the Spirits of the Sky bird show and Tales from Platypus Creek show! Arrange to visit Healesville Sanctuary and other attractions in Healesville using our Healesville tour planner.
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  • I hadn't realized until recently that the Healesville Sanctuary was open for visitors as I had thought it was predominantly a place where injured animals were taken for help. A friend of mine, who is ...  more »
  • in a business in Melbourne, we at the recommendation of local colleagues, we went to visit the shrine with high expectations. The location in the Yarra Valley is fantastic, but the sanctuary is a zoo, nothing more. There are all the typical Australian animals, though not in large numbers for each species. There are parks (Phillippe Island area) much nicer.
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  • This was the best of 3 sanctuaries visited from Sydney to Melbourne. Many species, good habitats, and the hospital made this place outstanding. 
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  • One of my favorite attractions in Australia, the Healesville Sanctuary is the perfect little oasis to visit all of our favorite Australian animal friends. The sanctuary is very well done - animals seem happy, they are easy to see and take photos of and the facilities are nice and clean. I'd highly recommend the animal encounters and tickets may need to be pre-purchased online if you'd like a guaranteed spot. We purchased tickets when we arrived at the park and the only visit left (thankfully) was with the kangaroos. We would have loved to have done one with the koalas as well, but we were very happy that we still got to see them up close. Highly recommend - perfect little day trip from Melbourne - would visit again!!
  • This is such a special place - a wonderful place to visit but has it's heart and soul in conservation. The staff are friendly, knowledgeable and clearly have a deep connection with the creatures they care for. They've got the balance right between rugged bushland and maintained paths/ exhibits.
  • One of the best zoo's In Australia without a doubt. As a keen outdoorsman, camper and bush person, there are animals here that you WILL NOT SEE ANYWHERE ELSE. Get in at opening time and make a bee line for the nocturnal exhibit. They have just been fed and will be scurrying about hunting. Bilby's, bandicoots and numbats to see if your lucky, amongst others like feather tail gliders and the like. Platypus show is awesome and the predatory bird show is not to be missed. If you have international tourists staying with you, it is your duty as an Australian to take them here.
  • They have poor knowledge of animal activity and sub-par tour guides .They lack maintenance and staff seem to be rude and dismissive portraying arrogance and a unwelcoming tone in accordance . However the bird show which takes place is the only shining light on this train wreck of an organisation. I was appalled by this and frankly myself and others deserve better.
  • Friendly staff great customer service and one of the best zoos we have visited. Kids loved the selection of animals and birds. Birds of prey talk is not to be missed. Lots of opportunities to get close to the animals and birds and even hold them. Highly recommended visit in Healsville.