Healesville Sanctuary

Healesville Travel Blog

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Jumpin!
   I was up early.  Even after receiving a warm Aussie welcome from my friend and his family the night before.  Happily, with a cup of coffee (a cure to the cure-all), there was soon no trace of the side effects from the empty bottle of rum that was lying on the kitchen table.  It was interesting to wake up to the to the sounds of different birds and looking out the window to an alien landscape.  It made me delighted to be traveling again. 

   Banjo and I had plans today.  The Healesville Sanctuary was just a short drive away.  When we arrived, there were only several cars in the parking lot.  It must have been do to the drizzling rain that has been sporadic through out the morning and forecasted for the rest of the day.
Close encounters.
  Great, less of a crowd for us.  It turns out we had the right idea for staying.  It never rained hard enough for us to be wet and it kept the park nearly empty. 

   The Sanctuary was truly a grand experience.  For this being my first time in Australia, I got to nearly see it all.  They had Tasmanian Devils, Emus, Dingos, Kangaroos, Wallabies, snakes, and countless types of beautiful birds.  No crocodiles, but I will have plenty of chances to see them later.  Many of these animals I have never seen before, and it was wonderful chance to learn more about them.  On top of all that, I even got to feed, pet, and interact with some of them too. 

  Each exhibit was laid out over several kilometers of trails.
Lost in the maze.
  However, we ended up walking many times that in order for us to see all the shows and meet the keepers with the animals.  This kept us bouncing back an forth, from one side of the park to another in order to make the times.  Again, because of the rain and no crowds, there was more time for us to interact with some of the animals and also get more personal time with the animal's keepers.


   On the way back home we saw a sign for "Hedge Maze".  I told Paul that I could not remember ever being in a hedge maze before, so we pulled on over.  It was late afternoon and the day turned out to be gorgeous.  The view was astonishing.  The clouds were skimming along the hillside with the sun peaking in and out.  The temperature was perfect with no humidity.  Apparently, I came to Victoria at the right time.  The brush fires ended a few weeks before and there has been some rain to green everything back up. 
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Jumpin!
Jumpin!
Close encounters.
Close encounters.
Lost in the maze.
Lost in the maze.
A real live teddy bear.  This one …
A real live teddy bear. This one…
no, they dont spin round and roun…
no, they don't spin round and rou…
Kangaroo Apple.
Kangaroo Apple.
Paul and I with the Beast, before …
Paul and I with the Beast, before…
The Hedge Maze.
The Hedge Maze.
The red in the hillside behind me …
The red in the hillside behind me…
The Wedge Tail Eagle.
Kangaroo.
Healesville
photo by: mr_brenden