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Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park

03 5978 7935

Cuddle up to koalas, feed kangaroos and wallabies, meet endangered species all in a beautiful bushland setting at Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park, winner of the Victorian Tourism Awards in Ecotourism. Only 50 minutes drive from the centre of Melbourne.

Colourful parrots abound, waterbirds are at home in extensive wetlands and visitors can sample the flourishing bush foods garden. Meet critically endangered orange-bellied parrots and regent honeyeaters.

New: Daily wildlife show featuring dingoes, quolls and owls every afternoon.

Inspired by the work of famous British conservationist Gerald Durrell, Moonlit Sanctuary is now home to 50 Australian species. Many including about 80 wallabies, free to roam through the bush and give visitors a rare natural encounter. Others are housed in large natural enclosures, including endangered creatures such as the strange-looking bush thick-knees bird whose calls have not been heard on the Mornington Peninsula for more than 60 years.

At night, Moonlit Sanctuary comes alive in a remarkable way, with world-famous lantern-lit tours. Owls and other night birds are active, tiny feather-tail gliders and giant yellow-bellied gliders swoop around, and quolls, pademelons and bettongs forage for food. Visitors are amazed that even animals such as wallabies are much more active and responsive at night.

Pademelons, southern bettongs and quolls, endangered fluffy gliders, squirrel gliders and Tasmanian Devils are also protected at Moonlit Sanctuary, receiving the Sustainable Cities award for Preservation of the Environment.

You can visit Moonlit Sanctuary via a Bunyip Tour or Gray Line day tour to Phillip Island, or transfers from city hotels are available for evening tours.

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Price & booking


Type Valid Entry cost
Adult Day
Daytime adult admission
01/12/15 - 30/06/17 $20.00
Child Day
Daytime child admission
01/12/14 - 30/06/17 $10.00
Adult Evening
Evening tour adult
01/09/13 - 31/03/16 $40.00
Child Evening
Evening tour child
01/09/13 - 31/03/16 $25.00
Payment methods accepted
EFTPOS MasterCard Visa Card
Cancellation and booking policy

Please call ahead to book your place in a tour. Daytime visitors do not need to book.

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Local directions:

Only 45 minutes from the centre of Melbourne via the Monash Freeway (M1). Continue to follow the M1 as it becomes the Western Port Highway (A780), then turn left at the C781 and follow the signs. Also easily accessible from Phillip Island, Frankston, and the Mornington Peninsula. Melways Page 141 B9

  • Café
  • Car park
  • Catering
  • Coach parking
  • Access with assistance for the disabled
  • Parking for the disabled
  • Non smoking establishment
  • Shaded area
  • Visitor information centre
  • Birdwatching
  • Lessons/tutorials
  • Bush Tucker
  • Animal Viewing
Tourism awards:
  • 2014 - Victorian Tourism Awards - Winner
Opening hours:

Evening walks commence at dusk, check times when booking. Moonlit Sanctuary is one of the top attractions in the Mornington Peninsula's Attractions Pass. The attraction pass saves you up to 20 per cent on admission and includes bonuses at three attractions. The pass only costs $4.50 for adults and can be purchased at the Sanctuary.

  • Sunday to Saturday
    10:00am - 5:00pm
    Open daily except Christmas day.
  • Australian Tourism Export Council
  • The Ecotourism Association of Australia
  • Tourism Alliance Victoria
  • Wildlife Tourism Australia
Disabled access:
Wheelchair accessible. Easy graded paths with ffrequent seats. Wheelchairs available for loan. Contact operator for further details.