An echidna lying on the ground, peaking over a log, looking towards the camera. It has perched its nose on a log.

Echidna Close-up


Every day


$52 per person (excludes zoo entry)

$47 Zoo Members


Daily at 1.55pm and 2.10pm


10 minutes


Max. 6 people


All participants require a paid ticket.

Children under 15 must be accompanied by a paying adult.

Read the full terms and conditions

Upgrade your visit to Healesville Sanctuary and meet one of our shy little echidnas!

In this unique encounter you'll learn from our rangers how these egg-laying mammals feed and evolved to become Australian icons.

Be sure to check in at the ticket office at least 30 minutes prior to your encounter to collect your wristband and get ready to learn new things about your spiny sidekick. The encounter is a brief experience that lasts a couple of minutes with each visitor booked, however please plan at least 15 minutes to meet your host and keeper and hear the safety briefing.

When you purchase a Close-up Encounter you are directly contributing to Zoos Victoria's work to fight wildlife extinction.

Zoo entry not included. Be sure to also book your entry tickets for the same date as your encounter.