add angle-downbadge calendarcard check-circle-ocheck clockemail envelope-oexclamation-circleexternal-link-squareexternal-linkfacebook-squarefacebook fighting-extinction flag-checkeredgift green-check info-circleinstagram-squareinstagram linkedin lock logo-healesville-inverse Healesville Sanctuary logoCreated with Sketch. logo-melbourne-inverse Melbourne Zoo logoCreated with Sketch. logo-werribee-inverse Werribee Zoo logo CopyCreated with Sketch. logo-zv-icons logo-zv-inverse logo-zv mime-pdf minus-boulderminus-circlepencilphone pinterest plus-boulderplus-circleremove tick timestwitter-squaretwitter vic-gov youtube
Healesville Sanctuary

Close-up Encounters

Want a magical, memorable wildlife experience to treasure forever?

Purchase a Close-up Encounter with your entry ticket and enjoy a special 10 minute close encounter with your favourite Australian animal.

Accompanied by one of our wonderful staff, you can get up close to our kangaroos, koalas, dingoes, echidnas or even a python.

In these experiences you will enter the animal’s exhibits where our Wildlife Encounters Rangers will share fun and interesting facts with you, while you can take close photos with our iconic animals.

Perfect for individuals, couples or families, these unforgettable small group experiences will allow you exclusive up-close access and a fantastic photo opportunity.

  • Kangaroo Island Kangaroos

    Kangaroo Island Kangaroos Close-up

    Max group size: 8 people

    The Kangaroo Island Kangaroos are much more laid back and after they've eaten some corn out of your hand, they'll let you have a pat of their soft fur.

    Book Now

  • Koalas

    Koalas Close-up

    Max group size: 8 people 

    Our sleepy Koalas don't mind you coming into their exhibit to check them out. Learn some remarkable facts about our Koalas while posing for a snap with our photogenic and fluffy boys.

    Book Now

  • Python snake

    Python Snake Close-up

    Max group size: 8 people 

    The python encounter is the perfect way to introduce kids to snakes in a friendly way. Our pythons are relaxed reptiles and our rangers can share some fascinating facts about how they are constantly adapting to survive in the wild.

    Book Now

  • Echidnas

    Echidna Close-up

    Max group size: 6 people

    Our shy little echidnas will fascinate you in this truly unique encounter. You'll learn from our Rangers how echidnas feed, as well as being able to pat our spiky friends.

    Book Now