Moonlit Sanctuary


Voted top wildlife park experience in the RACV poll for Victoria’s 101 best tourist experiences!

Located half way between Melbourne and Phillip Island near Tooradin, Moonlit Sanctuary offer you the chance to meet endangered Australian native animals in a natural bushland setting, during the day or on our unique and magical evening walks.

Daytime: Open daily from 10am to 5pm. Get close to koalas, kangaroos and dingos, as well as colourful native birds, including cockatoos and waterbirds. See reptiles, frogs, and interesting insects in our visitor centre. Have a coffee in our cafe overlooking our wetlands and grazing kangaroos. Photo opportunities available.

Visit with a Mornington Peninsula Attractions Pass, with entry to Ashcombe Maze and Cape Schanck Lighthouse. Buy them at Moonlit Sanctuary!

Evening tours: Come close to animals now extinct on mainland Australia, like the southern bettong, Tasmanian devil, and red-bellied pademelon, as well as kangaroos and koalas. See Aussie animals when they are most active, after dark! Our guided tours run every night, but bookings are essential. Or treat yourself to a private tour, ideal for the wildlife lover or photography enthusiast.

We also offer: School holiday programs, Children’s parties and functions for groups, Educational programs for school groups, “Keeper for the day” experience.


  • Carpark
  • Barbeque
  • Family Friendly
  • Playground
  • Shop / Gift Shop
  • Coach Parking
  • Suitable for Functions
  • Takeaway Available
  • Alfresco/Outdoor Dining
  • Lawn / Gardens
  • Automatic Teller Machine
  • Cafe
  • Kiosk
  • Picnic Area
  • Parents Room
  • Booking/Tour Desk


  • Actively welcomes people with access needs


  • Australian Birds & Wildlife
  • Up Close Wildlife Encounters
  • Keeper Talks & Presentations
  • Guided & Educational Tours
  • Evening Tours
  • Private Functions
  • Wheelchair Friendly