Healesville Sanctuary Tour from Melbourne with Chocolaterie Visit

Get up close and very personal with many native Aussie birds, mammals and reptiles on this relaxed small group ‘transfer and ticket’ tour to renowned Healesville Sanctuary. You’ll enjoy informative presentations, including Healesville’s renowned parrots and birds of prey show. On the way home, drop into the fabulous Yarra Valley Chocolaterie for a tasting!

5 stars

Keith H (via TripAdvisor)

‘What a great trip to Healesville Sanctuary! We virtually had the park to ourselves for the first hour, and the animals were being fed so they were very active. We saw tree kangaroos and wombats close up and paid extra to feed kangaroos and echidnas. Thanks to our guide Walter for a great trip and for the interesting commentary. I completely recommend it. It was a highlight of our stay in Melbourne.’

  • Duration:

    6 hours (approx.)

  • Runs:

    Wed, Fri, Sun

  • Departs at:

    8.00am

  • Departs from:

    Selected CBD hotels & St Paul’s Cathedral

Featured guest review

‘What a great trip to Healesville Sanctuary! We virtually had the park to ourselves for the first hour, and the animals were being fed so they were very active. We saw tree kangaroos and wombats close up and paid extra to feed kangaroos and echidnas. Thanks to our guide Walter for a great trip and for the interesting commentary. I completely recommend it. It was a highlight of our stay in Melbourne.’ - Keith H (via TripAdvisor)

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  • This tour offers pick-up from selected CBD hotels. There is also a central pick-up point for those staying outside the city. Please add your hotel details below, and refer to your booking confirmation for your pick-up location and time.

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Total: $111.60
  • Enjoy a relaxing and picturesque drive to Healesville
  • Visit one of Melbourne’s premier wildlife attractions
  • See hundreds of species of Aussie birds, mammals and reptiles
  • Watch superb wildlife presentations, including the ‘Spirits of the Sky’ parrots and birds of prey show
  • Drop into the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and taste test some sweet delights
  • Maximum group size: 11.
  • Guided small group tour with commentary
  • Comfortable air-conditioned transport
  • CBD hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Friendly and knowledgeable local guide
  • Entry to Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Visit to the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie for a tasting.

  • Donna Z – Via TripAdvisor

    What a fantastic day visiting this secluded animal sanctuary. Our driver was on time, very polite and accommodating when my daughter asked for a quick pit stop.

  • Jet702042 – Via TripAdvisor

    Walter did a great tour, which included a chocolate factory stop. 5 star tour. Loved it. Had plenty of time to walk around and see the animals.

  • Keith H – Via TripAdvisor

    What a great trip to Healesville Sanctuary! We arrived with our small group as the park opened, having called in for coffee and cakes at the local bakery. We virtually had the park to ourselves for the first hour, and the animals were being fed so they were very active. We saw tree kangaroos and wombats close up and paid extra to feed kangaroos and echidnas. Later in the morning the animals were all asleep and far less interesting. Thanks to our guide Walter for a great trip and for the interesting commentary. I completely recommend it. It was a highlight of our stay in Melbourne.

  • Tour Highlights
    • Enjoy a relaxing and picturesque drive to Healesville
    • Visit one of Melbourne’s premier wildlife attractions
    • See hundreds of species of Aussie birds, mammals and reptiles
    • Watch superb wildlife presentations, including the ‘Spirits of the Sky’ parrots and birds of prey show
    • Drop into the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and taste test some sweet delights
    • Maximum group size: 11.
  • What's Included
    • Guided small group tour with commentary
    • Comfortable air-conditioned transport
    • CBD hotel pick-up and drop-off
    • Friendly and knowledgeable local guide
    • Entry to Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary
    • Visit to the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie for a tasting.
  • Guest Reviews

    • Donna Z – Via TripAdvisor

      What a fantastic day visiting this secluded animal sanctuary. Our driver was on time, very polite and accommodating when my daughter asked for a quick pit stop.

    • Jet702042 – Via TripAdvisor

      Walter did a great tour, which included a chocolate factory stop. 5 star tour. Loved it. Had plenty of time to walk around and see the animals.

    • Keith H – Via TripAdvisor

      What a great trip to Healesville Sanctuary! We arrived with our small group as the park opened, having called in for coffee and cakes at the local bakery. We virtually had the park to ourselves for the first hour, and the animals were being fed so they were very active. We saw tree kangaroos and wombats close up and paid extra to feed kangaroos and echidnas. Later in the morning the animals were all asleep and far less interesting. Thanks to our guide Walter for a great trip and for the interesting commentary. I completely recommend it. It was a highlight of our stay in Melbourne.

What You Can Expect

For anyone with a love of wildlife, this relaxed small group Healesville Sanctuary Tour from Melbourne is a chance to meet more than 200 species of native Australian animals, birds and reptiles. Healesville Sanctuary is operated by Zoos Victoria and has a mission to conserve Australia’s precious wildlife and wild places. It’s a must-visit.

After a morning pick up from your CBD hotel, you’ll head east from the city towards Healesville. The drive takes around 90 minutes, through picturesque rural scenery. Once you arrive at Healesville Sanctuary you’ll have the entire morning to explore at your leisure.

Spend your time viewing the wildlife species that interest you most. Visit the sanctuary’s specialist precincts, including Animals of the Night, Dingo Country, Koala Forest and the Land of Parrots. The Tasmanian devil enclosure is always popular. Meet wombats, kangaroos, koalas, wallabies, emus and even the highly elusive platypus.

On this Healesville Sanctuary Tour from Melbourne you’ll also have the opportunity to watch some fascinating presentations, including the acclaimed ‘Spirits of the Sky’ parrots and birds of prey show.

For lunch (own expense), there’s the option to purchase a light snack at one of the sanctuary’s casual dining outlets. Some guests opt to bring a picnic. A delicious meal at the onsite bistro is another option.

You’ll depart the sanctuary after lunch and head to your next stop — the renowned Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery. Here you’ll get a lesson in how chocolate is made, and sample some of the sweet treats on offer. From there, the drive back to Melbourne will take around and hour. CBD hotel drop-offs will be completed by mid-afternoon.

Enjoy an encounter with the diverse and wonderful wildlife of Australia on this Healesville Sanctuary Tour from Melbourne.

 

Important notes

  • Once your booking has been completed, an order confirmation will be sent automatically to your email address. You will also receive a booking confirmation with hotel pick-up details and operator contact information for your tours. Please print the confirmation or have it available on your smart phone.
  • This tour operates with a minimum of four participants. Your booking may be listed as ‘pending’ initially (unless minimum numbers have already been reached), but we should be able to confirm the tour within a few days. Where a tour does not proceed, you will be offered an alternative or a full refund.
  • This tour has one standard price for adults and children.
  • The itinerary provided is a guide only and may change due to operational requirements.
  • This tour operates in all weather conditions.
  • To purchase a gift certificate, please click here.
  • Do you have a group enquiry? Please contact us.
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