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by Lorraine A (subscribe)
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Music, dancing, culture and fun for the whole family
From the 14th - 28th of January, you can join in the Healesville Sanctuary's newest summertime experience, the family-friendly 'Sanctuary Summer Festival".

The festival will be bringing together all the things family's love! There will be live music, bush dancing, local food, a bush bar, Indigenous Dreamtime storytelling, appearances from the zoo's infamous 'Zooperheros' and backyard games located in the new Australian bush inspired Ellim-atta Gathering Place.

Image from Zoos Victoria


As it's still the school holidays, it's a great time to organise a day out with family and friends. There's no need to rush, the weather is beautiful, there's a plethora of shaded spots to relax and listen to the nearby babbling creek, where you can share a picnic full of locally sourced produce, and watch the kids play the day away.

Whilst you're there, make sure you check out the Spirits of the Sky presentation, featuring Australian birds of Prey and magnificent parrots in full flight... it's amazing! There's the popular wildlife animal hospital, the reptile enclosure, close encounters with kangaroos, koalas, dingoes, and so much more!

Black-breasted Buzzard in the Spirits of the Sky show


The Sanctuary Summer Festival will be on daily between 11am - 4pm, and best of all... it's free with the purchase of your general admission tickets.
General admission tickets cost $37 for adults, whilst kids under 16y.o visit for free on the school holidays and weekends. If you'd like to become a regular zoo's Victoria visitor, then why not take out the annual zoo membership, it's great value at $111 a year and gives you unlimited entry to all 3 zoos, as well as Free kids annual Zooper membership.

Image from Zoos Victoria


Sanctuary Summer Festival stage schedule:

11.00am - 11.15am Dreaming story with Murrundindi
11.15am - 11.45am Aussie Bush Dance
12.00pm - 12.30pm Zooperkids performance
12.45pm - 1.30pm Acoustic Music Sessions
1.45pm - 2.00pm Dreaming story with Murrundindi
2.00pm - 2.30pm Aussie Bush Dance
2.45pm - 3.15pm Zooperkids performance
3.30pm - 4.15pm Acoustic Music Sessions

Image from Zoos Victoria


We're regular visitors at Healesville Sanctuary, it's definitely my family's favourite zoo to visit. You can read all about one of our previous visits here.

Whilst I'm sure you could spend the entire day at the Healesville Sanctuary, there are a heap of other family-friendly things to do in the surrounding areas of the Yarra Valley. If you have young children, you simply can't go past the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie, the Yarra Glen McKenzie reserve playground, or anything else included on this Top 10 Things to do in the Yarra Valley list here!

See you at the Sanctuary!

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*Lorraine A was invited as a guest
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Why? Family day out
When: The festival is daily from 11am-4pm
Phone: 1300 966 784
Where: Badger Creek Rd, Badger Creek VIC 3777
Cost: Free with the general admission tickets
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