Healesville Sanctuary

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!

Not to be missed;

Spirits of the Sky, be awed by parrots as they light up the sky and birds of prey as they feed on the wing.
Tales from Platypus Creek, the only platypus show in the world will show you the Platypus’ playful nature, laugh as they roll, dive and tumble in their tank.
Land of Parrots, pick up a nectar tray and be amazed as our friendly parrots land on your arm to feed
Keeper Talks, every day our keepers explain to visitors their relationships with our animals and how they care for our furry, fluffy and even scaly friends. Times and locations can be found on our map.
Australian Wildlife Health Centre, be inspired by our vet team as they talk to guests about the work they do to save wildlife as well as care for all the animals at Healesville Sanctuary.
Fighting Extinction HQ: Kids, pick up your mission at Fighting Extinction HQ and set out to play your part in fighting extinction!

Something extra:

Close up encounters, get up close and have your photo taken with an amazing Australian animal. Koalas, kangaroos, emus, dingoes and even our pythons are waiting to meet you
Wade with the Platypus, dive in for a hands-on experience in our platypus play pool
Sanctuary Harvest Café: delight in locally sourced, delicious, fresh options at Sanctuary Harvest café.

 

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