Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park - Go Beyond Melbourne

Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park


Key Features: Wildlife & Nature

550 Tyabb-Tooradin Road, Pearcedale, VIC, 3912

+61 3 5978 7935

Opening Hours

Daily 10am to 5pm. Closed Christmas Day. Evening tours must be booked.

Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park

Mornington Peninsula

Fantastic opportunities to get close to Australian native animals at this award-winning wildlife conservation park. Pet a koala, feed a kangaroo, play with dingoes, hold an owl or a python. Frequent keeper talks and daily wildlife show. Find out about local endangered species or enjoy a magical evening wildlife tour.

Winner of the 2018 Victorian Tourism Awards in Ecotourism and for Best Attraction, 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.

Learn about our endangered species programs, including for the critically endangered orange bellied parrot, red bellied pademelons, southern bettongs, spot-tailed quolls and Tasmanian Devils.

Moonlit Sanctuary takes pride in being accessible. Check out our accessibility page:


  • Close to Melbourne en route to Phillip Island
  • Ecotourism Association of Australia Eco-accredited
  • Zoo Aquarium Association Animal Welfare Accredited
  • 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


  • No restrictions on admission
  • Some restrictions on tours and activities
  • Café – 50 indoor seats; 40 seats on deck outside
  • Evening tour- max 80 people
  • Free parking for up to 150 cars
  • Picnic areas for groups and families
  • Marquee available for reservation


  • We welcome groups and can cater for most needs.
  • Ample coach parking.
  • Indoor/outdoor function area for groups.
  • Catering available for groups.
  • Curriculum based programs available for school groups.
  • Programs available for university and adult education groups.
  • Small group private tours available.
  • Group programs available.