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21 January 2011

Where better to celebrate Australia Day than at Healesville Sanctuary? 

We're inviting everyone to celebrate in true Aussie style this Australia Day.

Healesville Sanctuary, in the heart of the Yarra Valley is world-renowned as the best place to see Australia wildlife in their natural habitat. It is one of Australia's most recognised attractions, showcasing more than 200 Australian wildlife species.

This is the perfect Australian setting to encounter some of Australia's unique and endearing wildlife, including koalas, kangaroos, wombats, emus, dingoes, birds of prey, and platypus. The Sanctuary features well-designed, large walk-through habitat exhibits, flight aviaries and nocturnal exhibits to show the wonderful natural behaviour of Australian wildlife.

Healesville Sanctuary offers magical, memorable wildlife experiences to treasure forever. Visitors can purchase a Magic Moment with their entry ticket and enjoy a special ten minute close encounter with their favourite Aussie animal accompanied by a Wild Encounters Ranger.

This exclusive up-close, behind-the-scenes access with Kangaroos, Koalas, Reptiles, Dingoes, Pelicans and Emus gives visitors a unique, unforgettable experience. Make your Australia Day a magical experience to remember forever!

Australia is home to more than 800 bird species and Healesville Sanctuary's brand new show launched last week, Spirits of the Sky, will showcase some of their spectacular traits. With twice as many birds demonstrating their amazing skill and agility, this more dynamic, faster paced show will inspire, educate and wow visitors every day.

Spirits of the Sky is free with entry but seats in the Flight Arena fill up fast at busy times so be sure to get there early. With more flights, more feathers and more fun, don't miss Spirits of the Sky! Shows are at 12pm and 2.30pm daily.

Celebrate Australia Day in true Aussie style with a Great Aussie Snag Fest in the beautiful surrounds of the Sanctuary. There'll be fresh preservative free artisan sausages including:

  • Beef, pork and thyme

  • Lamb and rosemary 

  • Greg's indigenous beef, port and pepper berry 

  • Pork and fennel 

  • and plain snags for the kids.

The cost of $14.50 will snag you a couple of snags with a selection of fresh Harvest salads including coleslaw, potato salad, garden salad and a bean salad with a piece of thick cut Phillipas!

Or, for $4.50, enjoy a freshly baked soft long roll with a snag, fried onions, coleslaw and an array of house made relishes, sauce and mustards.

Sanctuary Harvest will have a range of Aussie favorites for dessert such as Pavlova with thick cream and local season berries, lamingtons, yoyos and Anzac biscuits. Yum!

Healesville Sanctuary is open every day of the year from 9am until 5pm.