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Healesville Sanctuary

Sanctuary highlights

Healesville Sanctuary is one of Australia’s most loved tourist attractions and the best place in Victoria to see and interact with native Australian wildlife. The Sanctuary is committed to fighting wildlife extinction and offers visitors the opportunity to come close up to unique Australian animals in a stunning bushland setting.

Here are just some of the animal attractions and exhibits you won’t want to miss.


White bird during Spirits of the Sky presentation

Spirits of the Sky

Daily at Healesville Sanctuary

Discover Australia’s majestic birds of prey and magnificent parrots in this this spectacular daily show, free with general admission.  Who rules the sky? Parrots, by their sheer numbers – or birds of prey, as skilled predatory hunters? Watch and make up your own mind.

Platypus - feeling right at home

Tales from Platypus Creek

Daily at Healesville Sanctuary

Think the Platypus is a shy and reclusive creature? Think again! Tales from Platypus Creek lets you see Platypus as they have never been seen before. Come face-to-face with Healesville Sanctuary’s most iconic species in a world-first interactive Platypus show. Observe Platypus as they interact with keepers, play in the water and even enjoy having their tummies tickled!


Cool Conservation

Cool Conservation gives visitors the chance to see breeding programs in action for two of our threatened alpine species; the Mountain Pygmy-possum and Southern Corroboree Frog.

Parrot statue at Land of Parrots

Land of parrots

Get up close to Australia’s best-loved birds in this spectacular walk-through aviary. Visitors may become a perch for one of our magnificent birds, hand-feed our smaller parrots, and listen to talks from avian experts. You’ll meet an array of Australia’s iconic parrots, from the tiniest budgerigars to the largest cockatoos.

Dingo Country highlights

Dingo country

Dingo country, a dramatic rocky high country exhibit, offers you the chance to observe dingoes up close, and learn about their complex history.


Animals of the Night

Enter the dark and secret world of Mountain Pygmy-possums, Bilbies, Bandicoots, Gliders, Lord Howe Stick Insects, and many more mysterious creatures of the night.

Leadbeater's Possum in a hand

Lunar's Secret Forest

Discover the magic of Lunar’s Secret Forest, an exciting interactive multi-media experience designed just
for kids.

Dr Hart and future vets examine a python

Future Vets

In the heart of the Australian Wildlife Health Centre our Future Vets play space is inspiring kindness in kids through caring for animals in our mini wildlife hospital.

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Kids’ Nature Play

Bring your kids to experience an exciting new nature play space at Healesville Sanctuary. Kids’ Nature Play will provide an engaging and interactive space for children to learn while having fun. 

Koala in Koala Forest HS 1

Koala Forest

Journey along the boardwalk through the Manna Gums of the Koala Forest exhibit at Healesville Sanctuary! Celebrate Australia’s most iconic species - the Koala. You can see more koalas than ever before in the new exhibit when you weave your way around the treetops and perch on platforms for the best views.