Sanctuary History Tour


Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays




1 hour


$20 per person (excludes zoo entry)

$18 Zoo Members


All participants require a pre-booked ticket

Minimum age to participate is 5 years and above. Children under 15 years must be accompanied by a paying adult

Fitted face masks are optional. 

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Go behind the scenes and discover some of the areas that make Healesville Sanctuary so special.

The year is 1920, a leap year, Jazz is the genre of choice, women are given the right to vote, prohibition started leading to secret bars and private drinking areas, silent movies are invented and so is commercial radio broadcasting.

The troops have returned from WW1 and a passionate man by the name of Colin Mackenzie wants to share his love and knowledge of Australian fauna and flora with the world, so what better place to start than Badger Creek … 

Join us as we take a special walk through the Sanctuary to learn more about the rich history and the passionate people who have helped create it. 

You’ll get the opportunity to explore some of the historical buildings that are not usually available to visitors and see some original artefacts from the Sanctuary’s early days, which is really special!


Make sure to wear comfortable walking shoes and bring along a bottle of water, sunscreen, and a hat.

Be sure to check in at the ticket office at least 30 minutes prior to your tour to collect your wristband.

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