Thursday, November 27, 2014

Our Victorian Holiday Part 3 ~ Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary

One place on our must do trip to Victoria was the Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary. It's part of Zoos Victoria and I was just totally blow away with the park. It's such a lovely place to visit. All the exhibits were amazing! I took so many photos so I'll only show you my favourites.

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One of the first stops was The Land of Parrots, where you can hand feed many birds. Brian was lucky to be able to hand feed a Red Tailed Black Cockatoo. We do get a few of these here but no where near as many as we used to.

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This little fella jumped on my hand for a feed.

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And this one wanted to check out what was under Eli's hood.

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Ethan really wanted to see and hear a Lyre Bird. Unfortunately the exhibit was closed for renos so they only had this juvenile male, about 12 months old, out and about.

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We went to a talk on the Platypus. Was great seeing them up so close. The kids learnt lots. We were lucky to have front and center seats too.

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Al throughout the park are these amazing, huge wooden sculptures!

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We also watched the Spirits in the Sky talk. That was amazing. Such a great amphitheater where the bird fly right over your heads.

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I was too slow for most in flight shots but did manage this one. This the tip of this owls wing actually hit Ethans head! That's how close you get!

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We visited the Animal Hospital and were lucky to see the Dingo pups. They were about 11 weeks old here.

So many other native Australian animals including heaps of Tassie Devils, Koalas, Wombats and Echidnas.

I was very happy to see lots of water refueling stations dotted around the place. They had bubblers as well as taps to fill your own bottles.
Lots of interactive bits n pieces. A fantastic place to take the kids.

For the four of us it cost $77, but we ended up buying memberships for $146 (kids free with adult membership) and this cost went towards them.
We were planning on visiting the Melbourne Zoo (another post) any ways so this covered that cost.
PLUS we get free reciprical membership at lots of other Zoos around Australia including our own Adelaide and Monartoo Zoos! So for the next 12 months we'll be taking full advantage of that. We've actually already been to Monarto to celebrate Eli's birthday.

I thoroughly recommend Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary! Please if you haven't been you'll not be disappointed!

Take Care


  1. Sounds as if it was a really great day out. Great pics.

  2. That's a great shot of the owl!

  3. Really great photos Becci - it made it feel like I had been there!

  4. Becci, your photos are brilliant as usual! We are members of Zoos Victoria too, and as we aren't far from Healesville, we go there probably twice a year. We haven't been to the Melbourne zoo for a couple of years, and we've only been to Werribee once, so we want to go there again some time soon.

  5. Fabulous, Becci! Looks like you all had a great time. It's so nice to get away in your caravan - how wonderful that you worked so hard to save for it. Those will be great memories for your children :)