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Moonlit Sanctuary

Moonlit Sanctuary

550 Tyabb Tooradin Road, Pearcedale, Melbourne, 3912

The Basics

Moonlit Sanctuary is a popular day trip from Melbourne. Book one of the night tours, or visit during the day to get up close and personal with a variety of animals. Visitors can pet a wombat or a koala, take a dingo for a walk, hold a barn owl or python, or spend a day helping staff feed and care for the animals.

Many tours stop at Moonlit Sanctuary along with spots such as Brighton Beach, which is famous for its brightly-colored bathing boxes; and Phillip Island, where you can observe thousands of penguins heading to their burrows at dusk. Multi-day tours of Mornington Peninsula also tend to visit Moonlit Sanctuary.

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Phillip Island Penguin, Brighton Beach, Moonlit Sanctuary from Melbourne
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Phillip Island Penguin, Brighton Beach, Moonlit Sanctuary from Melbourne
$100.48 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Enjoyable trip to see the Little Penguins
An absolute must do. Our guides Cloe and Eric were fabulous and helped make the day extra special. I would recommend taking the opportunity to visit the little penguins and enjoy them in natural habitat.
Kylie_M, May 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Melbourne

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Memorable family day at Sanctuary
Jane_N, Feb 2022
Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park Daytime General Entry Ticket
Family visiting from America absolutely loved the day spent at Moonlit Sanctuary in particular being able to get so close to the animals in such a beautiful relaxing setting. Wonderful staff and highly recommended.
star-5
Enjoyable trip to see the Little Penguins
Kylie_M, May 2022
Phillip Island Penguin, Brighton Beach, Moonlit Sanctuary from Melbourne
An absolute must do. Our guides Cloe and Eric were fabulous and helped make the day extra special. I would recommend taking the opportunity to visit the little penguins and enjoy them in natural habitat.
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Nature's special moments
KEVIN_L, May 2022
Phillip Island Penguin, Brighton Beach, Moonlit Sanctuary from Melbourne
Wild life park with koalas and seeing the penguins in their natural habitat. It was such an enjoyable experience
star-5
Great experience!
Serena_T, May 2022
Phillip Island Penguin, Brighton Beach, Moonlit Sanctuary from Melbourne
Tour guide Sherif was engaging and very helpful! Everything was great except that we wished there was more time allocated at each stop.
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The kids loved feeding...
Patricia_B, Mar 2022
Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park Daytime General Entry Ticket
The kids loved feeding the animals. Also loved the signs describing each animal and plants. The food was yummy too.
star-5
Had a really great time...
Mandy_L, Apr 2022
Phillip Island Penguin, Brighton Beach, Moonlit Sanctuary from Melbourne
Had a really great time with Yasmin. Super friendly and made our entire trip so enjoyable right from the pick-up to drop-off. Thank you so much!!
star-5
Platypus delight
Jennifer_B, Feb 2020
Puffing Billy, Moonlit Sanctuary & Penguins Day Tour
Alan our tour guide was wonderful. Healesville sanctuary was a great stop-we loved the platypus and bird talk. The train is a fun experience, but it is a little disorganized because there are too many workers organizing people.
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Awesome Experience
Joanne_P, Apr 2022
Phillip Island Penguin, Brighton Beach, Moonlit Sanctuary from Melbourne
our tour guide Cloe was awesome! Very knowledgeable ... we got lots of trivia along the route. She made the trip really fun .. my kids love it!
star-5
Excellent Effortless enjoyable tour
Zippy_C, Apr 2022
Phillip Island Penguin, Brighton Beach, Moonlit Sanctuary from Melbourne
Our guide Terry knew his stuff and made the tour and easy and enjoyable holiday item. We have no hesitation to tour with them again
star-5
Healesville Sanctuary & Steam Train
stephanie_r, Aug 2019
Puffing Billy, Moonlit Sanctuary & Penguins Day Tour
Graham was our tour guide and he was great! Sanctuary was super cool, we got to feed the birds. Cant feed the wallabies or kangaroos unless you pay extra though. Food at the sanctuary was surprisingly good. Steam train was good. Wish the ride on the train was longer and went through more wilderness areas. It mostly drove through backyards. Also, we never went over any of the bridges. A bridge was pictured on the attraction photos, it was a bit of a let down. over all, good trip.
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I had a great time!...
Victoria_G, Apr 2022
Phillip Island Penguin, Brighton Beach, Moonlit Sanctuary from Melbourne
I had a great time! Seeing the penguins was very memorable. Our guides Amy and Sherif did an excellent job and made the trip fun
star-4
The penguins are adorable
anish, Apr 2022
Phillip Island Penguin, Brighton Beach, Moonlit Sanctuary from Melbourne
The tour was fun and the guide knowledgable. It did feel rushed at times, but it was for a good reason. The purpose of the tour is to see the penguins and getting there early is key to getting a good spot and enjoying the penguin center. I would pay extra to get the Plus or Underground viewing, you get really up close and personal. The animal sanctuary was OK. I would have done the evening penguin parade tour only, but it is not operating at the moment.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The park’s popular evening tours, which begin at dusk, must be pre-booked.

  • Experiences like petting wombats or holding a python require pre-booking and an additional fee; the park also offers packages that allow you to have a number of different animal experiences for one flat fee.

  • Moonlit Sanctuary is fully accessible for visitors in wheelchairs.

  • The park offers a casual restaurant and a food kiosk, as well as multiple accessible restrooms.

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How to Get There

Moonlit Sanctuary is a 1-hour drive from Melbourne via the Eastlink freeway or the Monash Freeway (M1) and Western Port Highway (A780). To reach the park via public transportation, take the train from Melbourne to the Frankston station, then take the 776 bus, which will drop you outside the park.

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When to Get There

Moonlit Sanctuary is open daily from mid-morning until early evening all year round except for Christmas Day. Evening tours begin after dusk; the exact time varies. The park is particularly busy during the Australian summer holidays (in December and January), so book tickets in advance if you’re visiting during that time.

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The Best of the Mornington Peninsula

In addition to Moonlit Sanctuary, Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula offers a number of natural, historic, and cultural attractions. Highlights include the Peninsula Hot Springs, home to natural pools that are said to have therapeutic properties; the Ashcombe Maze and Lavender Gardens, where you can enjoy the fragrant scent of lavender while exploring one of the country’s largest hedge mazes; and Mornington Peninsula National Park, where you can surf, hike, and swim.

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Moonlit Sanctuary
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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