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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
Phillip Island Penguin, Brighton Beach, Moonlit Sanctuary from Melbourne
$101.71 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Excellent tour
Long but very enjoyable tour. Phillip Island was wonderful - really enjoyed seeing the penguins and Mike C, our guide, gave us great tips for where to go to get the best views during the parade of the penguins. Brighton Beach and the Moonlit Sanctuary were also great - lots of animals and very active. A long day but well worth it! Mike was a great host and guide. Highly recommend.
Anita_G, Mar 2020

Recent reviews from experiences in Melbourne

star-5
best way to see everything in a day
Julie_F, Mar 2020
Phillip Island Penguin, Brighton Beach, Moonlit Sanctuary from Melbourne
One of the best tours I have ever taken. It is a long day but well worth it. Wish there was less time at the Nobbies and dinner and more time at the brighten beach boxes and Moonlit sanctuary. But it is a fun day with a lot to see. The Penguins are the best! Make sure to pay extra for the rangers tour worth every penny.
star-5
Goodles day out
marcia_w, Mar 2020
Phillip Island Penguin, Brighton Beach, Moonlit Sanctuary from Melbourne
A great day out with a great driver/guide. Glength was informative guide and a good safe driver. The Moonlit Sanctuary was a bit disappointing as we were there in the heat of the day and the animals were resting but the little show was good. The Penguins were a delight. It was a long day but we'll worth it.
star-5
Great day out
David_H, Mar 2020
Phillip Island Penguin, Brighton Beach, Moonlit Sanctuary from Melbourne
Excellent trip, great service, super guide/driver (Graham) and interesting and enjoyable venues and super opportunities to see and access them in detail.
star-5
Alex, you’re amazing.
jamela_c, Mar 2020
Phillip Island Penguin, Brighton Beach, Moonlit Sanctuary from Melbourne
I just want to give Alex a shoutout! He was really good and was keeping everybody alive and making sure everybody is enjoying the trip. It was a small group tour so it was really nice. This tour is a must when visiting Melbourne. The Penguin Parade is a mesmerizing experience, ti get your money’s worth, I recommend to get the VIP or the Ranger Guided tour. It’s so worth it.
star-5
Fun and adventure
nidalelcubio, Nov 2019
Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park Daytime General Entry Ticket
Even if its raining that time still it was a wonderful experience. My daughter enjoyed the most as she got to feed the kangaroo and experience a close encounter with the Koala...
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.
star-4
A Good Day Trip!
KWEKSOON_Y, Jun 2019
Puffing Billy, Moonlit Sanctuary & Penguins Day Tour
The 3 hours spent at the Sanctuary gave us ample time to view and be up-close with the Australian wildlife, especially the platypus, echidna, Tasmanian Devil, wallabies, etc. The steam locomotive ride, though a short trip, was a wonderful experience! Special mention goes to Mat, our driver, who was both fun-loving and entertaining! He make the one-day trip a memorable one for us.
star-4
Nice tour
Judina_T, May 2019
Melbourne Combo: Great Ocean Road, Puffing Billy, Moonlit Sanctuary & Penguins
Chris from Bunyip Tour whom is the driver & tour guide for GOR. He is knowledgeable, friendly & helpful. Great view of the scenery though is a very long journey
star-4
Great tour experience!
Hani_L, Dec 2019
Phillip Island Penguin, Brighton Beach, Moonlit Sanctuary from Melbourne
Our tour guide, Ricky is really outgoing and informative. The penguins are really small and cute. We also saw other Australian animals as well in the Moonlit Sanctuary. There are also quite good scenery.
star-5
Up close with penguins
penguinlover, Mar 2020
Phillip Island Penguin, Brighton Beach, Moonlit Sanctuary from Melbourne
We really enjoyed the Phillip Island Penguin parade. We stood on a boardwalk that was only about 2 feet from these adorable little guys. It was in February so they were close to the time when they molt all their feathers at once. Because of this, they had some extra weight on them. They were adorable. A few of them were so heavy that they would only "walk" a few feet at a time and then flop onto their bellies to rest.
star-5
Exceptional
gbelair2019, Nov 2019
Phillip Island Penguin, Brighton Beach, Moonlit Sanctuary from Melbourne
Beautiful day starting with the stop at Moonlit Sanctuary (we saw koalas and kangaroos). Stopped at Brighton Beach which is very beautiful with its blond sand and big waves then last but not the least stop at Pigeoins Island. It was very funny to see the penguins come back at night. Unfortunately, no photos or videos can be taken. The memories remain in our minds and can not share them. Pity. We recommend this tour.
star-5
Great tour
Yunus_S, Feb 2020
Phillip Island Penguin, Brighton Beach, Moonlit Sanctuary from Melbourne
Great tour, well worth the time investment. We had an awesome tour guide (Leonie). Penguins were clearly the highlight but feeding the kangaroos was also a lot of fun. As the lowlight of the day, the penguin watching area was very windy and cold; Don’t forget to bring a thick&warm jacket and/or a windbreaker (or upgrade to the underground watching area, but you still need to walk outside quite a bit)

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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