SCHOOL HOLIDAY FUN! Just a 20 minute drive inland from Frankston, Moonlit Sanctuary and Wildlife Conservation Park is a gorgeous place to take your kids and teach them about our Aussie animals.
Located in Pearcedale, it’s on the top edge of the Mornington Peninsula but it feels like you’re in the middle of the outback. It isn’t huge (10 hectares) it’s facilities are minimal and it’s not state-of-the-art, but it doesn’t need to be. It’s a wildlife park and a chance for the kids to get up close and personal with our native friends.
There are heaps of birds, turtles, lizards, wombats, a Tassie devil, emu’s, dingos, quolls, koalas, snakes, frogs, insects, wallabies, kangaroos and more.
Upon entry ($20 per adult, $10 per child above four, under four free) you can buy a bag of feed ($2) or opt to pay extra for an animal encounter such as pat a koala, play with a dingo or hold an owl or a python. Our five-year-old, Annabelle, was given a choice and believe it or not she chose the snake! Although a little unsure at first, she seemed pretty chuffed to have the slippery reptile wrapped around her neck. Mum wasn’t so sure about it though!
We loved the Wallaby Walk which circled the park (less than a 1km and an easy walk for both our five and two-year-old). The wallabies and kangaroos were super friendly and loved being hand fed and petted. Even by the kids! It was beautiful to see such a large area for the kangaroos to bound and laze around in. The girls were in awe when they jumped across a bridge right in front of us.
Once we had walked around the park and met all the animals (took almost two hours all up) we headed back to the kiosk for lunch. We had brought with us a packed lunch of sandwiches and fruit but we purchased coffees, babycinos and cold drinks from the canteen. There were plenty of outside tables to have your own picnic or dine inside amongst some frogs and insects if you wished! After lunch Annabelle begged us to go back out to the kangaroos for one last feed and pat, which we were happy to do.
The sanctuary also holds educational presentations and conservation programs, birthday parties, private evening tours, keeper for a day, young rangers program on school holidays, functions and annual memberships are available.
Open daily from 10am to 5pm (unless you book a night tour), it’s a great place to take the kids these school holidays and open their eyes to the Australian animal world. We will definitely come back and highly recommend it to others!
MAMA LOVED – The interaction with the kangaroos, the friendly staff, the way you could wander around the natural habitat, lots of picnic tables and the coffee was pretty good. The koalas were easy to see and there were about three or four to meet and greet. The quaintness of the place and the fact that it hadn’t conformed to tourist commercialism was a plus for hubby and I.
MAMA DIDN’T LOVE – As with most places, you can’t have a family day out for less than $50 but that’s about the only thing I have to complain about! Oh and they really need to serve milk shakes and sell corked hats! Lol! The flys were a plenty on the hot humid day we visited and all we felt like was a milkshake after the walk!