If you're new to the country (and even if you aren't) it's a good idea to get to know some of the local wildlife. There's no better place to do it than Healesville Sanctuary located under an hour's drive from the South Eastern Suburbs.
Get to know the locals
Elephants and tigers may be the heroes at most zoos but at Healesville you'll see creatures you might never find on other parts of the planet. See wallabies, koalas, water rats and yabbies. Tasmanian devils, wombats, barking owls, the list goes on.
How does a wedgetail eagle hunt? What is the most poisonous snake on the planet? What is a tree kangaroo? There is no end to the curious facts you can pick up from the exhibits. But if you're the kind who's happy animal watching, that's fine too.
The bird show is a fairly interesting event featuring endangered species you might never see in the wild. Get to know interesting facts about the birds and watch them do some nifty tricks. The performers do get close so remember to keep any pretty-looking snacks out of sight.
Pleasant getaway Of course, as is the case in most of my excursions these days, Healesville is supremely kid-friendly. The zoo is not just a sanctuary for the animals but for parents seeking a place for their kids to run free.
I like the fact that the enclosures keep the animals in their natural environment as much as possible. Footpaths weave through lush greenery and creeks, making it a pleasant journey for tiny feet. The wallaby and kangaroo feeding are also a big hit.