Of all the wildlife parks I’ve visited so far, Healesville Sanctuary is my favourite.
At Bundoora Park, you can see kangaroos and emus, but you can’t get close to them. The Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary has the best kangaroo experience, but it’s in Tasmania. The Melbourne Aquarium is terrific for seeing marine animals and the Werribee Open Range Zoo is great if you want to visit an African-themed safari-style park. But if you want to see Australian animals such as dingoes, native birds, deadly snakes, kangaroos and wallabies, koalas, and even a platypus, Healesville Sanctuary is the place to go.
Healesville Sanctuary is located at Healesville in rural Victoria. It’s is set in a natural bushland environment where paths wind through different habitat areas. Plan to spend to spend at least three hours. There are special animal presentations throughout the day, a fantastic bird show, and you can purchase a 10-minute close encounter with certain animals. There’s also a wildlife hospital, a gift shop, and three eateries.
My favourites were the dingoes, the amazing bird show, and the platypus. Healesville Sanctuary is one of only two places in Australia to have successfully bred a platypus, the other being Sydney’s Taronga Zoo.
For more information about Healesville Sanctuary, please visit its website here.
What’s your favourite zoo or animal sanctuary in Australia?