Healesville Travel Blog› entry 2 of 3 › view all entries
Having an American friend along for the ride was certain to give me a laugh. After the hangover was subdued we, Macca and I, got into the beast and made the short trip to the sanctuary. The weather conditions were at best dismal but with adventure nipping at our heels we couldn't resist the charm that the sanctuary had to offer. It was apparent that the two of us were the first in the park even though it had been open for an hour before we go there. After receiving the keepers schedule we mapped out the day’s events to ensure that we didn't miss out on what was offered. The park walkways, if you take all the tracks on offer, are just over 3K's. If you decide to do all the "meet the keeper" activities like we did you will walk around 6-7 kilometres. If you ever decide, and have the time, to travel to Healesville sanctuary I recommend that you do as we did and "meet the keeper" with as many animals as possible.
The Wallaby enclosure was probably the big highlight. Due to the absence of people a few of the wallabies, that normally hangout in the "authorised personnel" areas, were out in the open. Macca at first kept his distance from them but after some coaxing from me he eventually took a few paces towards them for a photo. shortly after the photo was taken the wallaby hopped the last few metres to macca and accepted a tummy scratch. as soon as Macca brought out his camera the wallaby started licking his hand. Feeding the kangaroos was also another good opportunity to get up close and personal with the animals.
During lunch Macca was halfway through asking the best way to open the sauce packets when it exploded and wore sauce in the eye. I was to busy, rolling around on the floor, to take a picture of him before he cleaned himself up.
After spending 5 hours with the animals we decided it was time to head back for the evening. Without travelling more than 5K’s we spotted a sign for a hedge maze. Macca mentioned that he has never been in a hedge maze and, this alone, made us turn in for a look. The maze boasted the best views and you could see the burnt out areas of the bushland from the black Saturday bushfires that occurred a few weeks ago.