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24 January 2012

Where better to celebrate Australia Day than at Healesville Sanctuary?

 We're inviting everyone to celebrate in true Aussie style this Australia Day.

Healesville Sanctuary, in the heart of the Yarra Valley is world-renowned as the best place to see Australia wildlife in their natural habitat. It is one of Australia's most recognised attractions, showcasing more than 200 Australian wildlife species.

This is the perfect Australian setting to encounter some of Australia's unique and endearing wildlife, including Koalas, Kangaroos, Wombats, Emus, Dingoes, Birds of Prey, and Platypus. The Sanctuary features well-designed, large walk-through habitat exhibits, flight aviaries and nocturnal exhibits to show the wonderful natural behaviour of Australian wildlife.



Healesville Sanctuary offers magical, memorable wildlife experiences to treasure forever. Visitors can purchase a Magic Moment with their entry ticket and enjoy a special ten minute close encounter with their favourite Aussie animal accompanied by a Wild Encounters Ranger.



This exclusive up-close, behind-the-scenes access with Kangaroos, Koalas, Reptiles, Dingoes, baby Wombats and Emus gives visitors a unique, unforgettable experience.

Make your Australia Day a magical experience to remember forever! 



Australia is home to more than 800 bird species and Healesville Sanctuary's Spirits of the Sky, showcases some of their spectacular traits. With twice as many birds demonstrating their amazing skill and agility, this more dynamic, faster paced show will inspire, educate and wow visitors every day.

Spirits of the Sky is free with entry but seats in the Flight Arena fill up fast at busy times so be sure to get there early. With more flights, more feathers and more fun, don't miss Spirits of the Sky! Shows are at 12pm and 2.30pm daily.



Be one of the first to see the brand new Reptile Show, Fearsome To Awesome at 1.15pm everyday. Count down Australia's most deadliest snakes—if you dare!

From 12pm onwards, celebrate Australia Day in true Aussie style with an Aussie Lamb leg Spit Fest, in the beautiful surrounds of the Sanctuary:



  • Lamb leg spit

  • Fresh rocket lettuce

  • Homemade tomato relish

  • Freshly baked rolls

  • Relish in these Yarra Valley flavours for $8.50 



Visit Sanctuary Harvest Cafe for a delicious desert experience. The selection of Aussie deserts include:


  • The famous vanilla slice

  • Aussie lamingtons

  • Traditional Aussie pavlova



Healesville Sanctuary is open every day of the year from 9am until 5pm.

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