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Animal Attraction - Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park

Find Your Way Winner of the Victorian Tourism Awards in Ecotourism, Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park invites you to explore 10 hectares of bushland, meeting endangered species, feeding kangaroos and wallabies, petting koalas and enjoying hands-on encounters with friendly birds, pythons and dingos.

Moonlit Sanctuary is home to over 60 Australian species. Many, including about 80 kangaroos and wallabies, are 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 call hadn’t been heard on the Mornington Peninsula for more than 60 years.

Colourful parrots abound, waterbirds are at home in extensive wetlands and visitors can explore the flourishing bush foods garden. You can even see Australia’s majestic wedge-tailed eagles.

During the day visitors can enjoy 9 different keeper presentations as well as a daily wildlife show. For a little extra visitors can also cuddle up to a koala, play with dingoes, hold an owl or even have a python around their neck!

At night, Moonlit Sanctuary comes alive in a remarkable way, with world-famous lantern-lit tours. Owls and other night birds are active, tiny feathertail gliders and beautiful squirrel 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.

Inspired by the work of famous British conservationist Gerald Durrell, Moonlit Sanctuary is devoted to the conservation of endangered species. The critically endangered orange bellied parrot, red bellied pademelons, southern bettongs, spot-tailed quolls and Tasmanian Devils are also protected at Moonlit Sanctuary, which has received the Sustainable Cities award for Preservation of the Environment.

  • Special Features:
* Moonlit Sanctuary takes pride in being accessible. Check out our accessibility page:

* Close to Melbourne on the way to Phillip Island
* Feed a kangaroo
* Pet a koala
* Play with a dingo
* Hold an owl or a python
* Enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour
* Light meals and refreshments
* Gift shop
* Free WiFi

See and learn about some of Australia's most endangered animals, and what we are doing to help them!

Open for daytime visits or enjoy a magical evening tour.

* Ecotourism Australia Eco-accredited
* Global Sustainable Tourism Council Accredited
* Zoo Aquarium Association Animal Welfare Accredited
  • Opening Hours:
Open 10am to 5pm daily except Christmas Day. Evening tours most nights, bookings required.
  • Recreation Facilities:
- Keeper talks and encouters throughout the day - Keeper Club program for 7 to 14 year old children every school holidays. Check details here: http://www.moonlitsanctuary.com.au/keeperclub.aspx
550 Tyabb-Tooradin Road
Pearcedale VIC 3912
Mel Ref:141 B9
Phone: 03 5978 7935
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