Exploring Melbourne’s wildlife, a must do on everyone’s checklist, we decided to visit Healesville Sanctuary. It is one of the 3 available zoos in Melbourne, which you can read more about at http://www.zoo.org.au/healesville. The available zoos are:
- Melbourne Zoo: located 14 minutes north of the CBD
- Werribee open range zoo: located 35 minutes west of the CBD
- Healesvilee Sanctuary: located 1 hour and 14 minutes to the north east of the CBD
It is worth mentioning that we purchased the zoo membership which basically is the same cost of three visits a year for two adults to any of the three zoos (membership is combined to all three zoos). Since Melbourne has 3 zoos, it made sense to purchase the membership as this will make any repeated visit to one of the zoos free of charge.
As much as the scenery on the way to Healesville Sanctuary is enchanting, the drive was actually a big drawback to this zoo. It was a combination of the long distance, the ongoing turns and one-lane roads, the unfamiliar road ahead and of course, driving with kids. The zoo is very nice, and it also has a big park with a sand area for children. There is a picnic area where you can sit on the grass or on one of the benches available, so pack some snacks and drinks. You can easily spend a whole day out there.
At the end of a very long day, I am glad we did experience driving to the Eastern side and visiting this beautiful zoo.