Healesville Sanctuary: Indigenous Wildlife Experience
Delve into the natural world of native Australia during the Indigenous Wildlife Experience at Healesville Sanctuary. Enjoy an exclusive tour with an indigenous ranger who shares Dreamtime stories and traditions from aboriginal Australia, including a welcome to Wurundjeri Country, followed by a hands-on animal encounter with kangaroos and koalas. Includes VIP seating at the ‘Spirits of the Sky' presentation and all day admission to Healesville Sanctuary, Victoria’s premier native wildlife refuge.
In the morning, make your way over to the Healesville Sanctuary, which is about an hour away by car from Melbourne.
Check in for your Indigenous Wildlife Experience then receive a welcome to Wurundjeri Country from your indigenous ranger guide. Learn the plants that make good bush tucker (wild edible foods) and grab at the chance to handle traditional tools that are both beautiful and practical.
When it's time, head to your reserved VIP seats at Spirits of the Sky. The thrilling outdoor presentation features Australian raptors including the wedge-tailed eagle, and birds such as the red-tailed black cockatoo and the sulphur-crested cockatoo. Hear all about the birds from the keeper as you watch them fly around you.
Before and after your exclusive 2-hour wildlife encounter, you are free to explore the rest of the Healesville Sanctuary on your own. Shaded paths wind through natural bushland settings designed to mirror the animals’ native habitats. Along the way, you'll see dingos, wombats, echidnas, wallabies, kangaroos, koalas, parrots, emus, and some of Australia’s most deadly reptiles.
Make time to visit the on-site Australian Wildlife Health Centre, a working veterinary hospital that treats more than 1,500 orphaned, sick or injured animals each year. It's an important reminder that, above all, animals come first at this sanctuary.