Two secondary school students examine an orange feather

Healesville Sanctuary

Guided excursions are age-appropriate and link to the relevant curriculum (VEYLDF, F-10, VCE).

Healesville Sanctuary is the place to see and interact with native wildlife in a stunning bushland setting. Expert educators will help your children and students connect with wildlife, build their understanding of real-life issues and become active citizens. We also specialise in education about the culture of the traditional owners of the land, the Wurundjeri people.

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

Costs and supervision ratio

Education programs are free with zoo admission. 

Make sure you book this in advance. All bookings must be made at least two weeks prior to your visit. 

Education level  Admission cost (includes education program) Adult-student ratio
Early Childhood Centres and Kindergartens  $19 1 for every 3 children
Foundation to Grade 2 $19  1 for every 5 students
Grade 3 to Year 12 $19  1 for every 10 students 
Tertiary $28 1 for every 10 students 
Student from Special Development School (SDS)
$6 1 carer/ integration aid per student with special needs

Please note: The minimum number of students for an education program is 12. Prices are in Australian dollars and are valid from 1 January 2019 to 31 December 2019. Zoo memberships are not valid for school, early childhood centre and kindergarten visits.

Cost for teachers

Teachers and adult helpers are admitted free of charge within the program's recommended student to adult ratio. Additional teachers and adult helpers receive a reduced adult concession price of $28.00.

Payment and cancellation

The following payment methods are accepted:

  • Cash or credit card
    Payment can be made on the day by cash or credit card. A tax receipt will be issued.
  • Invoice 
    We can invoice you after your visit.
    Zoos Victoria’s ABN is 969 139 590 53.

Payment must be made in one transaction and will be based on the number of students and adults visiting the Zoo on the day.

Cancellation of an excursion must be made at least 10 business days prior to your booked visit.

If not, a cancellation fee of $200 will be invoiced.

The fee will be waived if the cancellation is due to inclement weather or if the booking is rescheduled.

Self-guided

To lead your own excursion, see our Keeper Talks

Animal experiences

Our animal experiences allow time for discussing and observing animals, interpreting their behaviours and considering their wellbeing. Students can get close to the animals, but we ask that no-one touches the Zoo wildlife during these experiences. It's safer and more relaxing for everyone that way!

Weather

Please ensure students dress appropriately for all outdoor weather conditions. If extreme weather is predicted, please reschedule.

Getting here

Plan your route 

Before you visit

  • Watch the video above with your children or students.
  • Use our Teaching Resources to give your curriculum a boost
  • Visit the Student Hub to do any research and find out more about the animals at Healesville Sanctuary

Need some special documents for your school? You can download our Risk Management Policy (PDF or Word versions), Certificate of Currency for any insurance requirements as well as our Child Safe Standards of Commitment.

When you arrive

Storage

Lockers are available. Ensure all food is secured in bags or lunchboxes (or our native wildlife may decide to help themselves). Please take your valuables with you.

Maps

Check out our online map. You can also collect a printed map. Staff and volunteers are also there to help you find your way around the Sanctuary.

Supervision

When booking a visit to Healesville Sanctuary, our terms and conditions of entry apply. Please consider the following guidelines:

  • Children and students remain the responsibility of the teacher at all times
  • Groups are asked to move through the Sanctuary respectfully and consider animals and members of the public
  • Students and adult helpers should understand the needs of the animals and behave accordingly – loud noises and sudden movements can upset the animals. For this reason, ball games and whistles are not permitted
  • At the Sanctuary Shop, six students may enter at a time with a supervising teacher. Please leave student bags outside