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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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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Booking info

Duration 
10 minutes
Cost 
$20 per person, zoo members $18 (excludes general admission)
Restrictions 
All children 14 and under must be supervised by a paying adult with a 1 adult to 3 children ratio
Availability 
Scheduled throughout the day, morning and afternoon sessions available.

Pre-booking in recommended.
Bookings can be made by phoning:
1300 966 784
Or book at Admissions on the day of your visit.

Ensure to arrive at Healesville Sanctuary Admissions at least 30 minutes before your encounter. No late entry, no refunds.
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