Healesville Sanctuary: the highlight shows

Healesville Sanctuary has been a family favourite since we were kids – but it’s certainly changed a lot since then.

These days, the sanctuary is host to a couple of shows that have quickly become must-sees on our regular visits. As zoo members for the last year, we’ve been to each of the three Victorian zoos a few times and these shows are among our highlights across the lot.

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Tales of Platypus Creek

The humble platypus has long been the most mysterious creature of the waterways… until now. It’s hard to encourage conservation efforts (always the first priority of Healesville Sanctuary) for an animal that no one really understands, so this program sheds light on the life of a platypus, its struggles and survival tactics. With a fun hands-on approach, kids learn about the rivers and all the creatures in it, alongside the starring duck-billed critter who builds suspense with the possibility of stinging the staff around it.

Tales of Platypus Creek is still quite a new show, and is very popular with a restricted space, so make sure you get in early for one of the daily (twice-daily on weekends) shows.

Spirits of the Sky

I can’t help but watch this show every time we go to Healesville Sanctuary. The zookeepers are engaging and full of interesting facts, and the birds are truly captivating and are given the freedom to make the show slightly different each time. During one show we were treated to watching a bird eat a lizard from the ground, at another a Wedge-Tailed Eagle’s wings skimmed over our heads… you never know what these wild-at-heart creatures have in store. The parrots and birds of prey are beautiful, majestic and intriguing, and each have their own talents from hunting to talking.

The Spirits of the Sky show is a real highlight across all the zoos, and is on twice-daily.

Thanks to our Out of Town guest contributor Megan Blandford. Get further aquainted with Megan while reading her blog 'Writing Out Loud' - writing. parenting. baking. travelling. dreaming. living.

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When you're done with a show, grab a coffee and make a beeline for the all new Nature Play.

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Nature Play

Located between the kangaroos and Harvest Cafe, Nature Play is an interactive space with climbing frame, zones, a path, nest with mounds and a giant snake from the Dreamtime.

Quoted "Inspiration for nature play's theme was sought from local Wurundjeri culture. The space features an eye-catching array of natural materials to create different zones and the twisting path symbolises Mindi, the Giant Snake from the Dreamtime.

Giant mounds covered in rocks and logs creates the perfect grounding for kids to climb and explore, while the largest mound that features the huge nest of Bunjil the eagle, provides an elevated lookout for kids to survey their surrounds, including Mum and Dad at the café."