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Meet a Platypus at Healesville Sanctuary

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    What to Expect
    Make your own way to Healesville Sanctuary, located about one hour’s drive east of Melbourne. Upon arrival, check in for your platypus experience and prepare to become entranced by these charming little mammals.
    Meet the keepers and listen to the platypus visitor presentation with a VIP seat at ‘Tales from Platypus Creek'. The duration of your presentation is approximately 25-minutes. Next, head into the platypus sanctuary for a behind-the-scenes glimpse of where the keepers work with the animals. Receive a briefing on how to interact with a platypus and step into the provided waders, which you wear over your own clothing, before entering the shallow waters of the platypus pool for approximately 20-minutes.
    Following the keeper's lead, you can touch, feed and play with a platypus inside the pool. Find out what the keepers do when they care for the furry mammals and enjoy a hands-on experience with the platypus yourself. Hear informative commentary about the habitat, behaviors and populations of platypus in Australia.
    Before and after your platypus experience, check out the rest of Healesville Sanctuary. The natural bushland setting provides an environment that mirrors the native Australian animals’ native habitats. Stroll along shaded paths that take you past dingo packs, kangaroos, wallabies, koalas, wombats and echidnas along with some of Australia’s most dangerous reptiles. Admire a variety of colorful birds including emus, parrots, cassowaries, owls and eagles.
    At the sanctuary you can also visit the Australian Wildlife Health Centre, an animal hospital where vets and nurses treat sick or injured wildlife. Cafes, picnic areas and a gift shop are also available.
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    Reviewed 8 June 2019

    My wife and I were exploring activities to do while in Australia and came across this option, which I did not see anywhere else. I mentioned it to her in late 2018 to do in May 2019 and we enthusiastically booked it! Yes, the price...More

    Date of experience: May 2019
    Thank Bill M
    Reviewed 22 April 2019 via mobile

    The 5 stars here are for the wade with the platypus experience. We had to book 6 months in advance but it was AMAZING. We actually got to cuddle and tickle its belly! The sanctuary itself is a bit average (have been to many better...More

    Thank Melsa85
    Reviewed 16 February 2019

    Went to Healesville Sanctuary to have a hands on experience with the Platapus and to enjoy a day out visiting the animals. The Sanctuary itself is set out well with most enclosures presented nicely. We got there early and most animals were active so a...More

    Date of experience: February 2019
    1  Thank Fleanlee
    Reviewed 11 January 2019

    What a fantastic experience for my son and I. We put on some waders and walked into the tank and the platypus swam around us. We were able to feed it some blood worms and tickle it's belly. well worth the money. I will never...More

    Date of experience: January 2019
    2  Thank Donna Z
    Reviewed 21 May 2018

    Did the wade with the platypus experience. It was everything I thought it would be. What a privilege it was to be in the water with such a delightful creature. Well worth the money. Also went to the bird show which was brilliant. Enjoyed everything...More

    Date of experience: May 2018
    2  Thank ottowiz
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