Just over an hours drive from Melbourne CBD and set on 30 hectares of bush-land, Healesville Sanctuary is a wildlife haven and protected zone for a variety of Australia's native flora & fauna.
Having lived in Melbourne 94% of my life, it puzzles me as to why I had never been to Healesville Sanctuary. I heard the word "Healesville" when invited and for some silly reason thought that this would involve up-hill hiking, therefore, wore sensible shoes. Call me naive, I deserve it. I had to laugh once we arrived and I realised we were at a zoo. My trusty flip-flops would have been ideal on this 36 degree, summer's day.
The animals were very interested in my camera and I was able to capture some great photos.
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A bit of background info...
Just over an hours drive from Melbourne CBD and set on 30 hectares of bush-land, Healesville Sanctuary is a wildlife haven and protected zone for a variety of Australia's native flora and fauna. Walking through the well designed and maintained grounds, you will find a number of exhibits and information on the following Australian animals:
Healesville Sanctuary also play a major role in an extensive captive breeding program managed by Zoo's Victoria. Most notable is their work with Tasmanian Devils. 85% of Australia's wild population of Tasmanian Devils are affected by Devil Facial Tumour Disease. As part of the 'Save the Tasmanian Devil’ program, Healesville Sanctuary are working hard to secure a future for the species, aiming to breed and manage a sustainable captive population of approx 120 Devils.
Unlike other wildlife sanctuaries I have been to in Victoria, Healesville operates more like a zoo than a sanctuary. You are unable to purchase food to hand-feed the animals. If you would love the experience of hand-feeding Aussie wildlife, I recommend a visit to Pearcedale's Moonlit Wildlife Sanctuary or the Phillip Island Wildlife Park instead.
Birds inside the aviary at Healesville Sanctuary.
Healesville Sanctuary Location
Badger Creek Rd, Healesville VIC, 3777
PHONE: 1300 966 784
Open from 9 am to 5 pm, 7 days per week.
To access via train:
Take a Lilydale Line train to Lilydale Railway Station and then catch
bus 685 to take you to Healesville Sanctuary.