Nature & Wildlife



Wonderful wildlife, pristine nature



A wildlife wander on the Mornington Peninsula is an excellent reason to just relax, slow down and really experience nature. If you walk quietly through our landscapes or stop for a little while in a bird hide, you'll be amazed at the variety of wildlife that can emerge.

So grab your camera and binoculars, put on some comfortable walking shoes and come and meet the native animal and birds that make our bushlands, wetlands and coast come to life so vividly. We're only an hour from Melbourne, but you'll feel a world away from the city.

The Mornington Peninsula National Park, which covers 25,000 hectares of this region, is a great place to start. Greens Bush, for example, is rich with birdlife, while kangaroos feed on its open grasslands at dusk and in the early morning.

If you’d rather walk the bush than surf it, Mornington Peninsula Walking Tours have plenty of options, including the easy Millionaire’s Walk around  Sorrento and the signature 2-day walk from Arthurs Seat to Cape Schanck. 

Our wetlands are natural havens for thousands of birds, and the woodland walks across the Mornington Peninsula reveal wildlife including koalas, kangaroos and wallabies.

Attractions such as our wildlife park, farmyard and nocturnal sanctuary will make it very easy for you to see koalas, kangaroos, wombats and wallabies, farm animals which the kids can cuddle or pat, and the creatures that only come out at night such as quolls, bettongs, owls and sugar gliders.

At Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park, the Wallaby Walk features cute little wallabies which love being handfed and may show off their tiny joeys.  Lantern-lit night tours show you fascinating nocturnal creatures, including tiny gliders which are a threatened species. A new walk-in squirrel glider exhibit is very popular, as you can hand-feed these graceful and swift creatures. 

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