OpenAll non-members should pre-book online. Zoo Members can scan their membership card at the gate.
Emu Keeper Talk10.45am every day
On the Main Track, a huge variety of reptiles and amphibians can be seen in their natural habitats. See majestic birds of prey and magnificent parrots on full display at our world-renowned flight area; besides kangaroos, koalas, emus and more! Share in Healesville Sanctuary’s sites of Aboriginal cultural significance on the land of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation.
Emus are native to Australia and are found across most of the country. They can't fly, but they can run as fast as 40-50km per hour. Emus enjoy eating plants and occasionally insects. Male emus are dedicated parents, preparing nests for their chicks and caring for them after hatching.
One of only three migratory parrot species, the Orange-bellied Parrot is named for its vivid orange belly. They travel from Tasmania to south-eastern Australia every winter. These industrious fliers are critically endangered and at risk of extinction in the next three to five years without urgent action.
Conservation StatusCritically Endangered
See an array of incredible reptiles including snakes, lizards and turtles. A viewing window gives you a peak at the behind-the-scenes area!
Land of Parrots
Serious twitchers and budding bird-lovers will adore this unique walk-through aviary, showing off Australia's magnificent birds. From tiny budgerigars and Red-Tail Cockatoos, to Eclectus Parrots, lorikeets, Zebra Finches and Regent Parrots, experience a range of feathered friends and enjoy talks from experts.
Discover Australia's majestic birds in this spectacular daily presentation, Spirits of the Sky. See natural behaviours of a variety of native birds which may include the Wedge-tailed Eagle, Black-breasted Buzzard, Barking Owl, magnificent parrots and more.
Lyrebirds are famous for their mimicry, echoing the sounds of everything from bird calls to chainsaws and cars. The male dances to show off his lyre-shaped tail during mating season. In their forest habitats, in south-eastern Australia, Lyrebirds use their claws to scratch for insects, worms, grubs, snails and spiders.
Wurundjeri Walk celebrates the life of Indigenous Elder William Barak, a protector of his people and his culture. The walk takes visitors to sculpture and a Dreaming Place, and passes an ancient scar tree and bark canoe. Emotive soundscapes unfold as four generations of Elders reflect on their family stories and the spiritual heartland of Coranderrk Station.
The Guthega Skink is endangered in Victoria and is only found on the Bogong High Plains.
Caring for our Wildlife Hospital
The Australian Wildlife Health Centre will be closed January 30 – Reopening soon. Our hospital visitor gallery needs some tender loving care!
Closed to Visitors – Open for Patients
Closed January 30 – Reopening soon. Behind the scenes the hospital will be fully operational so that our veterinary team can continue the best care for our wildlife patients. Future Vets will also close during this time, reopening as the fun, vet-themed play space our littlest visitors love.