HEALESVILLE is a small, pleasant town nestled in the foothills of the Great Dividing Range. The town’s main attraction is the renowned Healesville Sanctuary, a bushland zoo with more than two hundred species of Australian animals and a refuge for injured and orphaned animals, some of which are subsequently returned to the wild. It’s a fascinating place in a beautiful setting, with a stream running through park-like grounds, dense with gum trees and cool ferns, and 3km of walking tracks. The informative “meet the keeper” presentations are worth joining, especially the one featuring the birds of prey (“Spirits of the Sky”).

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