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Wildlife Encounters

Highlights / General details

Wildlife Encounters is exactly what you will experience at Healesville Sanctuary but not before a generous spit roast lunch at Fergusson Winery. To satisfy your sweet tooth, sample some chocolates at Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery. Then it is on to Healesville Sanctuary, home for over 200 species of Australian birds, mammals and reptiles all set in a natural bushland setting. It is such a delight to walk around! Take a guided tour and a Gray Line exclusive is our VIP Wildlife Meet and Feed which is your chance to feed one of Australia's native animals!

Blue Dandenong Ranges - superb traditional gardens and towering mountain ash forests.

Ferntree Gully - foot of the ranges.

Sherbrooke Forest - noted for its lyrebirds and fern gullies.

Panoramic views from Grantulla Road.

Opportunity to taste Australian wines at Fergusson's Winery, a noted Yarra Valley wine producer.

Enjoy a delicious spit roast lunch with wine as guest of Louise Fergusson (vegetarian meals available).

Tour through the Yarra Valley.

Visit Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery - a sweet feast for the senses.

Delight in complimentary chocolate tastings, displays of premium chocolates and observe European Chocolatiers at work.

Pass through the township of Healesville - set amidst mountain bushland.

Visit Healesville Sanctuary - home for over 200 species of Australian birds, mammals and reptiles in a natural bushland setting.

Meet your expert guide for an exclusive VIP close-up experience and photo opportunity with one of Australia’s native animals.

Hand feed native birds and Stroll through paddocks of kangaroos and wallabies.

Walk through large aviaries and pond areas that bring birds of the wild so close to hand - the elusive lyrebirds, eagles, ibis & spoonbills.

Witness the "Eagles Fly" demonstration.

Observe the underwater life of the platypus.

Come face to face with a koala!

Meet a furry wombat!

See dingoes, Tasmanian Devils, echidnas, snakes and goannas.


Lunch with glass of wine and opportunity for wine tasting at Fergusson's Winery; Entrance to Healesville Sanctuary; VIP Wildlife Meet and Feed; Free Wi-Fi on coach.



Hours of operation

Available: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday; Tour departs at 10:00am. No tour departures on: May 8; December 25.


Approximately 8 hours.


Tour departs from our office at Federation Square, corner of Flinders and Russell Streets.


Any child under the minimum child age will travel free of charge and they will have to sit on their parents lap, if you prefer that the child has their own seat then you will have to pay the child fare.

**All information requested must be supplied or booking is subject to automatic cancellation**

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