Aussie Animal Adventurers

Year levels

Early Childhood


$19 per child


Monday to Friday (during school term)

Student Ratio

1 adult for every 3 children


Aboriginal Culture, Adaptations, Australian Animals, Ecosystems / Habitats, Endangered Species

Our Aussie Animal Adventurers get a chance to meet our Aussie icons up close and learn more about the unique animals who call this continent home.

Program description

Play in nature, hear the animal yarns and act out your own stories as you meet Aussie animals up close and learn about the world around you. 

Aussie Animal Adventurersgives children the chance to learn about and meet the animals that make this land unique and discover how to become a hero to help save wildlife. 

Explore the sanctuary in small groups, experiencing close up animal encounters and enjoy feature shows and keeper talks. Children will play in nature, learn how to care for the world around them, discover and act out animal stories and learn about Aboriginal culture. 

Children will learn: 

  • Animals’ unique characteristics, habitats and lifecycles 
  • How they can help save wildlife 
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and culture 
  • Sustainability principles 

Program sequence

Before your visit


Use the activities in the Teaching Guide (below) to spark children's curiosity before their zoo visit.

During your visit

Connect and Understand 

During the day, children will learn about different kinds of animals, their body coverings, features, habitats and life cycles. Children will have the chance to ask questions linked to curriculum priorities. 

Your zoo visit will include: Introduction, Healesville Sanctuary Teacher-led activities, Spirits of the Sky presentation and keeper talks. Check out your Teaching Guide for other ideas of what to do at the zoo.

After your visit


Use activities in the Teaching Guide to deepen children's learning back at school.  


Use the Teaching Guide to enable children to master their knowledge and skills in real-world contexts.

Program resources


Aussie Animal Adventurers Teaching Guide *coming soon*

Learning outcomes

Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework (VEYLDF)

Outcome 2: Children are connected with and contribute to their world
  • Students have the opportunity to connect with animals, nature and Aboriginal culture to learn ways to care for the world around them and contribute to a sustainable future
Outcome 3: Children have a strong sense of wellbeing
  • Students will engage in nature play and practice their social skills as they explore a unique bushland setting
Outcome 4: Children are confident and involved learners
  • Students will use their senses and imagination as they enjoy up close animal encounters, nature play and dress up as future vets

Plan your excursion 

Aussie Animal Adventurersis an outdoor all-weather program; the children will need appropriate clothing for weather conditions. This could include a raincoat, hat and sun protection. 

School groups will enter Healesville Sanctuary via the Main Entrance. Organising teachers please check in with our Admissions team upon arrival. More information. 

All onsite excursion bookings are subject to coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions and as such are subject to change in line with the Victorian Chief Health Officer’s advice. We will be in contact with all teachers prior to their booked date if we need to clarify any new requirements. 

Book your excursion

Call (03) 9340 2788

You will need the following to book your excursion:

  • Education program of your choice
  • Preferred excursion date
  • School name and address
  • Contact details of organising teacher
  • Number of students/classes and their year level