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Wildlife & zoos

Encounter curious Australian animals in national parks in the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges, or get up close to your favourite creatures at the famous Healesville Sanctuary.

Iconic encounters of the wildlife kind

Stare into the snarling jaws of a Tasmanian Devil and peer at a joey in the pouch of a passing kangaroo at Healesville Sanctuary. Find the camera-shy platypus in its nocturnal creek habitat and explore the Flooded Forest Aviary. Join a Meet the Keeper session and be awed by the spectacular Birds of Prey presentation. Discover animals you didn't know existed with over 200 species on show in walk-through exhibits and along meandering paths.

Find your way into the hidden forests at the National Resources Conservation League in Warburton to meet the resident pair of sugar gliders.

Local creatures in their natural habitats

Watch out for wombats, swamp wallabies, possums, lyrebirds, platypus and deer in the region's magnificent national parks. Take a guided spotlight forest walk in the Yarra Ranges National Park near Healesville to meet nocturnal animals, or pursue mobs of kangaroos at dusk in Cardinia Reservoir in the Dandenong Ranges.

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Wildlife, zoos & farms

The Big Bouquet

The Big Bouquet is a modern, working cut flower farm and alpaca stud located in Healesville in the heart of the Yarra Valley, only an hour from...

Wildlife, zoos & farms

Healesville Sanctuary

Watch for waking koalas and peek at a joey in a kangaroo's pouch, meet keepers or observe vets in the animal hospital, all in an Aussie bush setting.

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Family activities

Occupy both the biggest and smallest family members in the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges, with budget accommodation, attractions and fun events.

Things to do

Tours

Tour one of the most scenic routes in Victoria, sampling fine wine and produce, and spotting Australian wildlife set against a stunning backdrop.

Outdoor activities

Walking and hiking

It's easy to get active in the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges, with a range of tracks and trails to suit all abilities in parks and gardens.

Nature & wildlife

Parks and gardens

Witness seasonal explosions of colour as flowers bloom throughout the magnificent parks and gardens of the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges.