HOT: Kangaroo Country, Healesville Sanctuary
Kangaroo Country Healesville Sanctuary is a permanent exhibit completing the sanctuary's Iconic Australia precinct.
The various enclosures showcase some of Australia's most iconic animals, from koalas to kangaroos, echidnas, wombats and more.
You can enter Kangaroo Country from two locations – either from the treetops of Koala Forest or via a gate near the nature play/main playground area.
We are invited to the opening to explore the new space. The grass is luscious and there's plenty of room for the roos to roam, as well as pram-friendly tracks and lots of places to sit and rest.
At The Pouch House kids can enter via the wombat burrow-style entry, follow the Jelly Bean Joey Journey, take a photo in the pouch of a giant kangaroo and learn about how joeys grow up at Skippy’s Milk Bar.
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A highlight is the stunning treehouse enclosure built for the critically endangered Goodfellow's Tree Kangaroo. Yes, there's even a kangaroo that knows how to hop up a tree!
I love learning interesting factoids about this incredible macropod. As well as the various information panels (which may be a bit hard to read when you're chasing children around) make sure you take the opportunity to learn more about this fascinating species at the free Kangaroo Keeper Talk at 11.30am every day.
Kangaroo Country is included as part of general admission to Healesville Sanctuary. Click here to find out more of our favourite sights at Healesville Sanctuary including other play spaces.
Wallaby Wednesdays are on 11am-11.30am at Australia Wildlife Health Centre Lawn or the Pouch House depending on the weather. Dress-up as wallabies and join in on pouch races and hopping games. You might also get the chance to see the special guest appearances by our feathered, scaly, and furry friends!
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- Kangaroo Country is included as part of general admission;
- suitable for toddlers;
- suitable for older kids;
- small area for indoor play;
- kids under 16 visit free on weekends, Victorian government public and school holidays;
- tracks are wide and pram-friendly;
- keep your snacks covered – roos have been known to raid prams!
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