Cool summer fun at Healesville Sanctuary

Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo sculpture made from recycled objects. Water play, summer installation. PICTURES: ZOOS VICTORIA

Healesville Sanctuary is one of the coolest places to visit in summer, with a host of native animals to see under the shady canopy of tall trees.

Smell the fresh air, listen to different bird songs, and if you are lucky, you may glimpse a koala chilling out under water misters.

Children can cool off too, with creek play available in the Coranderrk Creek that weaves through the Sanctuary. Healesville Sanctuary Events and Tourism Coordinator, Donna Paterson, said creek play is always a huge hit.

“The little ones love to have a splash in the shallows before popping over to the Harvest Café for ice cream o’clock,” Ms Paterson said.

“It’s these sorts of moments that make a trip to Healesville Sanctuary memorable for families.”

A new sensory garden is located next to Harvest Café, which serves as the perfect place for parents to find peace and take in the natural surrounds.

Curious visitors have the opportunity to listen to keeper talks, where they may learn about the lyrebird’s extensive vocal repertoire and the plight of the endangered Tasmanian Devil.

Sundown at the Sanctuary will return in February 2023, which means visitors are invited to stay at the Sanctuary until 7pm and observe what the animals get up to as the sun starts to set within the bushland haven.

Visitors can throw down a picnic rug and settle in for a relaxing afternoon of live music, while lawn games and bubble play ensure the whole family is entertained.

“Among the highlights will be Wurundjeri Elder, Murrundindi, taking to the stage,” Ms Paterson said.

“When Murrundindi plays his didgeridoo, everyone loves it.

“The kids are up and about dancing to the native animal sounds he creates, and the parents enjoy the relaxing rhythm, too.”

Sundown at the Sanctuary is included FREE with all entry tickets to Healesville Sanctuary.