The sanctuary is a great place to see native animals in almost-natural surroundings. Walk through the peppermint-scented gum forest, which rings with the chiming of bellbirds, and see wedge-tailed eagles, dingoes, koalas, wombats, reptiles, and more. The sanctuary opened in 1921 to preserve endangered species and educate the public and played a major role in saving and rehabilitating the hundreds of animals injured or displaced by the bushfires which devasted parts of Victoria in 2009. You can visit the Wildlife Health Centre (an animal rescue hospital) to see veterinarians caring for (and operating on) injured or orphaned wildlife. The sanctuary has a gift shop, a cafe serving light meals, and picnic grounds.
Badger Creek Rd, Healesville
Our Rating Hours Daily 9am–5pm Transportation Train from Flinders St. station to Lilydale; then bus no. 685 to Healesville and bus no 686 toward Badger Creek, which will stop at the sanctuary Phone 03/5957 2800 Prices Admission A$27 adults, A$13 children ages 4–15, A$57–A$78 families Web site Healesville Sanctuary
MapBadger Creek Rd, Healesville Melbourne
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