Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park

Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park

Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park
4.5
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Moonlit Sanctuary is Melbourne’s award-winning wildlife park. Come and visit and get an up-close look at Australia’s amazing animals. Explore our bush-land while feeding kangaroos and wallabies, petting friendly koalas and enjoying encounters with wombats, reptiles, dingoes and many other animals including endangered species. More than 70 Australian species are waiting to meet you. Moonlit Sanctuary is conveniently located at the top of the Mornington Peninsula and only 50 minutes from Melbourne CBD.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • RanganaRadini
    Melbourne, Australia77 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Get up close with roos
    Fantastic place to view Australian native animals. Can get very crowded during weekends though. So many wild kangaroos and wallabies roam so you can feed them and take close up photos. Best time would be opening time as less crowded also the animals haven't had too many treats from visitors so they are enthusiastic to come to you for a treat.Good Cafe on site as well.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 21, 2023
  • Johnstanno
    Singapore, Singapore510 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent sanctuary to be up close with wildlife
    I saw many kids and adults feeding kangaroos and wallaby as they are free to roam around and they will come close to you if you have feeds. Animals are placed spaciously apart and look well taken care of. Especially love the variety of birds enjoying the pond in the middle of the sanctuary. We had lunch at the cafeteria - service was simple and food tatse good.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 24, 2023
  • Martyna Mateja-Pluta
    12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Experience to remember
    The experience of our lives! Amazing very close contact with kangaroos, wallabies and koalas was out of this world. The staff at the sanctuary is incredibly nice and very helpful. I recommend it to anyone who wants close contact with Australian animals.
    Thank you for taking the time to recommend us. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your visit and meeting our awesome animals and staff. Thank you for your support and we hope to see you at the sanctuary again soon.
    Written September 3, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 2, 2023
  • Lyn B
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The night tour is FABULOUS
    We did the night tour with one of the naturalists and it was a wonderful experience. At night time is when they feed the animals so you are walking around at dusk and in the dark with lanterns and the kangaroos and wallabies and possums are all around you. You get to feed them! (except for the nosy possums), including going into the the enclosure with the gliding squirrels to give them nectar! The guide was informative and passionate about the animals and their wellbeing; we learned a lot, and we felt we were encountering the animals close up without endangering or intruding on their living spaces. All in all - recommend 150%.
    Thank you for taking the time to recommend us with such a lovely review. We are so pleased you enjoyed your visit and meeting our awesome animals and staff. Thank you for your support and we hope to see you at the sanctuary again soon.
    Written October 29, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written October 28, 2023
  • Ros_Mel2014
    Melbourne, Australia77 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place to visit and see native animals up close
    Loved the whole experience. It was great value and I’ve never been so up close to native animals before. We got to feed lots of wallabies and some kangaroos plus get really close to koalas, wombats and more. The keeper talks were very informative and all the staff were cheerful. The food and gift shop were well priced. We had a great time and will definitely return.
    Thank you for your great review! We're thrilled to hear that you had such a positive experience during your visit. It sounds like you had a fantastic time engaging with our wildlife through our activities like the keeper talks and kangaroo and wallaby feeding. Your support means the world to us, and we're delighted that you had such a memorable and enjoyable day at the sanctuary. We look forward to welcoming you back again to create even more amazing memories with our furry and feathered friends!
    Written December 26, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written December 21, 2023
  • Leannie
    Hanoi, Vietnam2,371 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice to spend an hr or two at max
    We came on boxing day and were surprised to see how busy it was, and we were glad we had pre booked our koala bear encounter as it was sold out on the day. We enjoyed walking around the small sanctuary and seeing so many kangaroos and wallabies, as we are from the UK, this was our first time seeing them, and it was exciting how close they were to us. I avoided feeding them as it seemed nearly everyone in the park had a large container of feed, and they were being encouraged to eat and eat to be enticed closer for photo ops. The koala experience felt a little rushed, we joined a large queue, and everyone had the opportunity to take a couple of photos and then were moved on. I guess I thought it would have been a more intimate experience where we would find out more information about the koalas and have more time.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 27, 2023
  • Cat T
    Berkeley, California13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Really is the best place to see Aussie animals!
    This was my first time visiting Australia and I wanted to see as many Aussie animals as possible so we came here for a few hours and we all really enjoyed it! The highlights were listening to a laughing kookaburra, watching a flying squirrel soar through the air, a huge wombat digging a hole in the ground, a koala out of the trees running across the ground, and feeding the kangaroos and wallabys. Highly recommended!
    Thank you for such a lovely review. We are so glad that you enjoyed visiting us and our awesome animals.
    Written February 25, 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written February 25, 2024
  • Cherie K
    Melbourne, Australia48 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spoil yourself with a Moonlight Private Night Tour
    Booked a private night tour for a Sunday evening. Wow! What a great experience. We got to see the Australian native animals that you miss at the daytime zoos. The tour was ran by Claudia who was very knowledgeable and passionate about animals. She was friendly and just great to chat with. To have a guide that was a very experienced keeper made the tour extra special, she shared so much interesting knowledge. You have an opportunity get up close with and feed and the Wallabies, squirrel gliders and many more. Definitely worth the extra spend for a private tour.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 7, 2024
  • TheLeongOhana
    United States7,455 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    See and Interact with Australian Animals
    We stopped by the Moonlit Sanctuary on our way to Phillip Island. It only took around one hour to drive from our condo in Docklands. The gravel parking lot wasn't full but there were a couple of buses and we found out inside that they had disgorged groups of school children. It looked like the sanctuary must be popular with school field trips. Luckily the sanctuary was fairly large so we could zig while the school groups zagged. We purchased our admission tickets at the gate along with one container of wallaby and kangaroo food ($3AUD). There was an additional charge for any up close encounter you wanted to do with the animals. We skipped this and tried to attend as many of the free keeper talks or shows as we could. The schedule was posted online and on the maps around the park. Of all the animals we were able to see, the highlights were seeing the Tasmanian Devil, wombats, pink cockatoos, and dingoes to name a few. All animals were actively moving around during our mid-morning visit except for the koalas who seemed quite content to sit in nook of their trees. We fed both the kangaroos and wallabies and surprisingly they were very docile and gentle while feeding. We even got to pet them and found their hair to be a bit coarse. A small cafe was located by the front entrance and had covered outdoor seating. The gift shop was also here.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written May 28, 2024
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Jessica
12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
We were staying right in the middle of the city of Melbourne, one of the main downsides to this experience was the location. It is in quite a remote area, if you do not have a car it is rather hard to gain access to. There are no trains or tams near by and as it was a 50 minute drive a away from where we were staying I would imagine a taxi would be extortionate! We ended up getting an Uber there and back which was still rather expensive, however we knew the exact price we would be paying before going. However this is the only bad point I have on this sanctuary! There were also a lot of flies around which is obviously to be expected, so I would recommend wearing fly repellant. However if you do forget to put it on the sanctuary has some for you to use for free which I think is a clever gesture. The place it’s self is small with a limited amount of animals, you can tell they do not have as much funding/ money as the bigger zoos in the area/ world. However this does not matter as you can tell the animals are well looked after and are not forced in anyway to do anything they do not want to do. We watched a kind of show and tell show, in which a worker would bring out an animal tell you a few facts about it and then may allow you to touch it. However when we were there the animal did not want to come out of its cage which the ranger explained was perfectly fine and that he was not going to force it to do anything it did not want too, which I really appreciated. You can walk around the sanctuary at your own speed, with only booked experiences or show/talk times to stick too. I definitely recommend going to the animal talks as they fill you with so much information on the animals that you wouldn’t usually get to know. The kangaroos are able to bounce around a certain area quite freely, therefore they could get quite close to you if you had their food to feed them. We did not have their food therefore they left us alone, but you could still get close enough to take a photo without invading their personal space. We had already pre booked our tickets before visiting as well as pre booking the koala experience. The experience was quick, you were allowed to stand beside the koala, take as many photos as you liked and were allowed to gently stroke the back of the koala and this was it. Again it was not putting to much stress on the animal which again I praise the sanctuary for as you could tell the animals were calm and were not distressed throughout their encounters. I would say we were there for around 2 - 2.5 hours and this was enough time to see the animal talks, walk around the whole sanctuary and to do the koala encounter. It is a small sanctuary but I definitely think it was worth the visit, especially knowing your money is going towards the wealth fare of the animals.
Written January 15, 2020
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Stephen F
Melbourne, Australia7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021 • Family
Night Tour - Had been during the day a few weeks ago so thought we'd try the night tour (2 adults and 2 older teens). I was a bit dubious about how this would be any different and was the extra cost justified. I couldn't have been more wrong.

The night tour is both an exceptional experience and value for money. You are in a small group of up to 12 people and everyone is given animal food. The guide gives you a very informative tour across all sections of the park and you get to enter some restricted areas to get up close and personal with some of the animals.

Most of the animals are much more active during dusk and evening, and the wallabies and kangaroos will seek you out for food.

The tour took almost 2hrs.

Moonlit Sanctuary is on the 'must visit' list , for all our friends!
Written January 24, 2021
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Cheryl F
Belmont, Australia44 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
Attended on a Tuesday, was very quiet, no crowds. Very suitable for people with disabilities. Wheelchair friendly.
Easy walking trails. Birds, native animals, reptiles and wet lands.
You are able to book close up encounters with the fee going to the care of the animals. We had a barn owl encounter which was fantastic! Would gladly return for another visit. Very knowledgeable staff.
Written May 19, 2021
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Thanks for the lovely review Cheryl. We appreciate you noticing the attention we have made to being accessible for people with disabilities as this is something we are always working on. Glad you enjoyed your Barn Owl encounter, all our encounters are really special experiences, but for Owl lovers "Hootie" is a real star attraction. Hope to see you visiting again soon.
Written June 6, 2021
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Silvana B
4 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
My husband and I took our 3 young grandsons to Moonlit Sanctuary as we thought the would enjoy feeding the kangaroos and meet and pat the koalas. We chose Moonlit as it was only a 60 minute drive compared to 1 hr 46 minutes to the wildlife sanctuary in Phillip Island. The entry fee for the 5 of us was $72 plus an additional $100 ($20 each) for the koala encounter. Food to feed the kangaroos and other animals is $3.00 for a small jar. They recommend 1 jar between 2. We purchased 4 and it was enough. Food at the cafe is basic. A child's cheeseburger and chips or 2 chicken tenderloins and chips will cost you $12.50
each. We enjoyed our time at Moonlit but it was a very expensive 4 hours. We only got to feed one wallaby. The others were all resting for the entire time that we were there and you are not allowed to go behind the barriers even if they are on the perimeter. If you are wanting to visit Moonlit with children and you want to feed the kangaroos, our recommendation would be to go late afternoon as kangaroos come out at dusk. In summary we thought Moonlit Sanctuary was overpriced for a limited range of experiences.
Written January 12, 2020
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Cailey J
3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
we visited the sanctuary on an extremely hot day. we were very uncomfortable to see koalas, wombats and other nocturnal animals interrupted from their rest and natural schedules to perform for humans. we had purchased tickets for the wombat encounter and when we expressed our discomfort with waking up the animal and pulling her out of the burrow to be pet while she was clearly sleeping and too hot (90+ degrees F), the guide tried to coerce us into doing so anyway. the whole experience of the sanctuary felt highly profit motivated and not at all about animal welfare. hardly a sanctuary. they even told us that they walk some wombats on leashes…all in all, would not recommend at all if you are concerned about animal welfare.
Written January 12, 2023
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Hi Cailey We are very surprised to see this negative review as our team recall your visit and were under the impression that you had a very enjoyable day, doing not only the wombat encounter but also the dingo and koala encounters. We appreicate your concern for our animals but be assured that they get the very best care. Our keepers would never pull a wombat out of a burrow, and even if they wanted to, it would be near impossible to do so. Mary, the wombat you are concerned about, loves her encounters. She is usually out of her burrow perched on a log waiting to be made a fuss of and get extra treats but on the occassions she is still having a nap, her keepers do no more than call her name to see if she wants to take part. If she does not want to take part the guest is refunded. We do not make our animals do anything they don't want to do, they always have choices. As for the wombat who walks on a harness, he also would not do this if he didn't want to. He was trained in this behaviour before coming to us but we wouldn't take this from him as he enjoys it so much but on days he doesn't want to go for a walk, he doesn't. We do try to make a profit, as without profits we could not run our many conservation programs for endangered speices but animal welfare is always our priority. We believe that interacting with animals provides an opportunity for people to learn and educate themselves about different species. The bond that is formed within this interaction can then inspire change in the daily lives of individuals to contribute to the conservation of different species from home. Moonlit Sanctuary is accredited by the Zoos and Aquarium Association and works to provide the highest levels of animal care. I hope this eases your concerns. Thank you for visiting us and supporting our conservation programs.
Written January 15, 2023
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Ithakatraveller
Melbourne, Australia51 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
I visited with overseas guests at the recommendation of a colleague. The experience was much more commercial and regimented than my colleague had described from previous visits. Yes, you see the wildlife, but it was very busy on the day we visited and was a very average experience. The hairy nosed wombat seemed distressed, with repetitive pacing behaviour, the interaction with animals was limited and it seems that the layout has become much more restrictive than in the past. Yes, you will see native Australian animals, but I would recommend Healesville Sanctuary over this attraction for loads of reasons.
Written February 16, 2020
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Claudia
15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Friends
We had a wonderful day at Moonlit Wildlife Sanctuary. We purposefully booked here as we didn’t want to visit a zoo and preferred a sanctuary where the well-being of the animals was the priority, and we clearly felt that here.

We did a few encounters; koala, python, and wombat and we loved them all. Mallee was the sweetest koala, Crystal the python had beautiful colours, and Mary the wombat was a queen. The staff were absolutely brilliant, so friendly and they could tell you any facts about the animals in question. It was clear they have built relationships with these animals and that their well-being was the priority.

The park is huge and there was never a sense of animals being crammed in, they had so much space and seemed very content. Another highlight was the gorgeous kangaroos and being able to feed them as they roamed (or bounced) freely around the sanctuaries. On top of this, seeing the dingos being walked regularly around the park also confirmed for us that they are very well cared for.

Overall a fantastic day seeing such incredible wildlife in a sanctuary that is clearly ethically run. I would highly recommend to anyone, especially if you want to avoid a zoo due to moral reasons and to be honest, this was even better than a zoo. Thank you Moonlit!
Written February 9, 2023
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Hello Thanks for taking the time to share your experience- we're happy to hear you enjoyed your time here at Moonlit! We are so proud of all our team and the incredible work they do, and how they share their passion for wildlife with all of our guests. We look forward to welcoming you back to the sanctuary again sometime soon. :)
Written February 12, 2023
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TheLeongOhana
United States7,455 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
We stopped by the Moonlit Sanctuary on our way to Phillip Island. It only took around one hour to drive from our condo in Docklands.

The gravel parking lot wasn't full but there were a couple of buses and we found out inside that they had disgorged groups of school children. It looked like the sanctuary must be popular with school field trips. Luckily the sanctuary was fairly large so we could zig while the school groups zagged.

We purchased our admission tickets at the gate along with one container of wallaby and kangaroo food ($3AUD). There was an additional charge for any up close encounter you wanted to do with the animals. We skipped this and tried to attend as many of the free keeper talks or shows as we could. The schedule was posted online and on the maps around the park.

Of all the animals we were able to see, the highlights were seeing the Tasmanian Devil, wombats, pink cockatoos, and dingoes to name a few. All animals were actively moving around during our mid-morning visit except for the koalas who seemed quite content to sit in nook of their trees.

We fed both the kangaroos and wallabies and surprisingly they were very docile and gentle while feeding. We even got to pet them and found their hair to be a bit coarse.

A small cafe was located by the front entrance and had covered outdoor seating. The gift shop was also here.
Written May 28, 2024
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Oz_Bloke169
Melbourne, Australia205 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021 • Family
Amazing day with our 6 y.o.granddaughter walking around the Sanctuary.

Driving to the Sanctuary from Mornington Peninsula beach took only around 30 minutes.
Plenty of car parking out front and you go to Reception and scan your QR CODE which we received with our online booking.
It took us approx. 3 hours to walk around, where we hand fed kangaroos, birds and wallabies.
They were just so friendly!

There is a nice Cafe on exit where we sat at tables (COVID19 spaced of course!) and enjoyed an ice cream and coffee.
There is a gift shop at the cafe to buy souvenirs if you wish.

Would recommend!!
Written January 18, 2021
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Leannie
Hanoi, Vietnam2,371 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
We came on boxing day and were surprised to see how busy it was, and we were glad we had pre booked our koala bear encounter as it was sold out on the day.
We enjoyed walking around the small sanctuary and seeing so many kangaroos and wallabies, as we are from the UK, this was our first time seeing them, and it was exciting how close they were to us.
I avoided feeding them as it seemed nearly everyone in the park had a large container of feed, and they were being encouraged to eat and eat to be enticed closer for photo ops.
The koala experience felt a little rushed, we joined a large queue, and everyone had the opportunity to take a couple of photos and then were moved on. I guess I thought it would have been a more intimate experience where we would find out more information about the koalas and have more time.
Written December 27, 2023
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