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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 dingoes.

Inspired by the work of famous British conservationist Gerald Durrell, Moonlit Sanctuary is now home to 50 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. Enjoy delicious light meals and refreshments in our cafe, many choices with bush food flavours. 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.

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.

Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park is one of four top attractions in the Mornington Peninsula’s Attractions Pass, which saves 20% on admission plus bonuses at each attraction. The pass costs only $47.50 for adults or $25 for children, and can be purchased at Moonlit Sanctuary or at any participating attraction. Pass holders can upgrade to the lantern-lit evening tour.

  • Special Features:
* 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

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.
  • Opening Hours:
Open 10am to 5pm daily except Christmas Day. Evening tours most nights, bookings required.
550 Tyabb-Tooradin Road
Pearcedale VIC 3912
Mel Ref:141 B9
Phone: 03 5978 7935
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