Platypus Encounter at Healesville Sanctuary

Yarra Valley, VIC

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  • Touch, play and feed a platypus!
  • Private talk with a Platypus Keeper
  • Spend the day exploring the Healesville Sanctuary

It's not every day you get to see a platypus close up let alone give one of these unique creatures a tickle! This is a once in a lifetime experience where you will interact one on one with these incredibly playful and affectionate animals up close.

Why You'll Love This

What's Included?

  • Behind the Scenes with a Platypus and its keepers
  • General entry to Healesville Sanctuary

You will go behind the scenes into the World of the Platypus where you will have the opportunity to step into the shallow water of the platypus play pool where its normally the keepers job to play, frolic, tickle and feed our little furry friends. In this unique hands-on experience it will be your turn to be the platypus keeper.

On the Day

Session Length

  • This experience is 45 minutes
  • 15 Minute public Keeper talk and 30 minutes behind the scenes with the platypus and keeper
  • Visitors are encouraged to enjoy the rest of Healesville Sanctuary between the hours of 9am and 5pm
  • This experience takes place from 11.15am - 12pm Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat and Sun

Numbers on the Day

This experience is for a maximum of 2 guests. There will be 1-2 keepers Zoos Victoria reserves the right to fill any tour vacancies.

Dress Code

Pants/shorts preferred. Socks must be worn. Waders provided

Other Info

As these animals are sensitive to bright light, this experience is conducted in a controlled low light setting which cannot be adjusted. There is to be no flash. There is to be no flash photography during the experience. Bookings must be made at least 5 days in advance.

... and Importantly


This experience is not suitable for mobility impaired guests. Zoos Victoria reserves the right to cancel the experience due to an animal welfare issue. Minimum age is 12 years old. Children under 16 years must be accompanied by a paying adult.