Seeing Australian wildlife has long been on my to-do list. Living in the centre of Melbourne, my animal encounters have been limited to a few possums and parrots with no chance of siting anything bigger like the koala or kangaroo.
That’s where Healesville Sanctuary comes in. Here’s why you should be making the trip there.
It’s easily reachable from Melbourne CBD
Healesville Sanctuary is nestled in the beautiful Yarra Valley. If you have access to a car you can whiz there in 40 minutes.
If you are relying on public transport then it takes closer to 2.5 hours but couldn’t be easier. Take the train out to Lilydale then jump on the bus which drops you straight at the sanctuary’s door. All for $7/£3.50 return!
All the animals are native to Australia
There is nowhere better to see the best of Aussie wildlife. Healesville Sanctuary is home to every Australian animal you could imagine.
From Tasmanian Devils to wombats to an unnerving array of deadly snakes, the sanctuary is home to them all.
They are home to the world’s first Platypus Show!
Platypus’ are my favorite animals in the world but I have never seen them in the wild.
That was before I visited Platypus Creek! I was in heaven.
The platypus’ prefer the dark so you have to squint to see them dart through their tank, but it is amazing none the less! I could have stayed with my face pressed up against the glass all day if we didn’t have the Tales from Platypus Creek show to get to.
Tales from Platypus Creek featured an array of creatures, from tame ducks, a surprisingly cute eel, and of course the fascinating platypus. Can I take one home? Pretty please?!
The show was really informative, educating the audience on the animal’s behavioural habits, the environment and the threats that their habitats face.
Healesville Sanctuary is actively trying to make a difference to these animal’s lives and educate their visitors to prevent the further destruction of these endangered animal’s homes.
You can get up close and personal with the animals
Want to tickle a wallaby? Look no further than Healesville Sanctuary!
I couldn’t believe it when we were surrounded by the cutest wallabies and were allowed to give them a cuddle.
An Aussie dream ticked off the list.
Because the bird show is ridiculously awesome
Feel the whoosh of air as a massive eagle swoops inches above your head, so close that you instinctively have to duck. See an array of brilliant Australian birds up close whilst learning about their threatened habitats.
There’s even a talking and dancing parrot. What more could you want?!
They’re doing their bit for the environment
Healesville Sanctuary are running a fantastic initiative called Wipe for Wildlife which encourages visitors to switch their normal toilet paper for recycled toilet roll. It just makes sense.
Healesville also runs multiple campaigns and projects highlighting the vulnerability of native habitats and rescuing animals found in the local area. You can find out more about their projects here.
Because you could be as chill as this fella
Have you had any wildlife encounters recently? Let me know in the comments below or via my social media pages.
I was lucky enough to be a guest of Healesville Sanctuary but opinions, as always, are my own.