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Top 3 Things to do at Healesville Sanctuary

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by Lachlan Walsh (subscribe)
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Published September 30th 2013
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Red-tailed Black Cockatoo eating a nut
Red-tailed Black Cockatoo eating a nut


Healesville Sanctuary, being in Healesville, can be a bit more difficult to get to than the other Melbourne zoos, but it is well worth the effort to see the true diversity of Australian wildlife. But since it is hard to reach I have made a list of the things you can't miss out on while you're there.



Firstly, the show that should be top of everybody's list is the Spirits of the Sky show. This is one of the sanctuary's feature shows and is just breathtaking. Featuring a variety of birds of prey and parrots, from the huge wedge-tailed eagle and the low flying barking owl to the beautiful red-tailed black cockatoo, it is great entertainment for both young and old. Some people queue for this show up to half an hour early, but this is really unnecessary as there is plenty of seating and the keepers use the whole space so everybody gets a good view of the action.

Wedge-tailed Eagle in flight
Wedge-tailed Eagle in flight


The wildlife hospital might not sound as fun as some of the other attractions but I assure you it is well worth a visit. Especially in Spring when they have little orphaned baby kangaroo and wombat joeys. Last time I visited the hospital I was lucky enough to be there when a keeper was feeding a baby wombat with a bottle. It was thoroughly adorable!

Little Wombat Joey!
Little Wombat Joey!


Lastly, I would advise on visiting the land of parrots. It is only open from 10:30 till 3:30 so make sure to get there before it closes. A keeper is present the whole time the enclosure is open so any questions about the various birds can be expertly answered. You can even buy bird food for a gold coin donation and have the parrots literally eating out of your hand. This is definitely the prettiest part of the sanctuary with flashes of incredible colour dancing in front of your eyes whenever you look up.

A multitude of parrots
A multitude of parrots


Hopefully this little list will enhance your next visit to Healesville Sanctuary. Obviously if you have time then see everything on offer, but if not make sure you visit everything on this list and you won't be disappointed.
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Why? Diverse Australian wildlife
When: 9am - 5pm every single day
Phone: 1300 966 784
Where: Healesville Sanctuary Badger Creek Road Healesville, Vic. 3777
Cost: $26.80 for adults, children are free on weekends!
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