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2014 Winner - Tourism

Zoos Victoria

Healesville Sanctuary

Healesville Sanctuary is a bushland haven for Australian wildlife, located just on the outskirts of Melbourne in the stunning Yarra Valley.

The sanctuary attracts over 340,000 visitors each year and offers them the opportunity to walk through tranquil tracks and meet over 200 species of Australian animals. From the moment they enter the site, visitors are engaged in the importance of sustainability and conservation. Campaigns such as Wash for Wildlife and Wipe for Wildlife involve visitors first hand.

Daily keeper presentations including the hugely popular Spirits of the Sky and Wade with the Platypus further promote sustainable action to help protect Australia’s wildlife.

Healesville Sanctuary is internationally renowned for its work saving endangered Australian species at the Australian Wildlife Centre.

Visitors can freely visit the centre which treats more than 2,000 sick and injured native animals every year.

Healesville Sanctuary is one of three properties managed by Zoos Victoria (along with Melbourne Zoo and Werribee Open Range Zoo), a leading zoo-based conservation organisation that proudly integrates environmental education with the tourism experience.

Zoos Victoria is committed to continual improvement of its environmental sustainability practices. In June 2014 it launched the 2014–19 Zoos Victoria Environmental Sustainability Investment Prospectus, the first of its five-year plan to guide its journey to becoming a world-leader in sustainability.

Certified by Low Carbon Australia, Zoos Victoria is the world’s first zoo to achieve carbon neutral certification.