Lantern-lit evening tours

At night, Moonlit Sanctuary comes alive with world-famous lantern-lit evening tours. Led by an experienced guide, these tours are available most evenings of the year. Bookings are essential as places are limited, and bookings must be received by 3pm on the day of the tour.

Nocturnal birds are active, tiny feathertail gliders dart around, giant yellow-bellied gliders gracefully move overhead; endangered quolls, Tasmanian devils, pademelons and bettongs all forage for food.

See koalas and feed kangaroos in this peaceful bush setting, and cuddle a gentle python.

Starting times change each season, so it's best to check at the time of booking. During daylight savings it is usually 8.30pm and during standard time is usually 7pm, however there may be variations depending on the number of groups. Tour duration is between 1.5 to 2 hours.  Once booked, please arrive 10-15 minutes before your tour start time.

Please contact the Sanctuary to enquire today.

City Transfers from Melbourne Hotels

We can arrange transfers to Moonlit Sanctuary evening tours from Melbourne Hotels. A minimum of 24 hours notice is required. Additional charges apply

 

Private Evening Tours

Private Tours are held year round on request. 

Especially suitable for photography enthusiasts and those wanting a closer encounter with a wider variety of animals, without the crowds. A wonderful evening out doing something different with family, friends or that special someone. Pricing and booking information.

Species you may see by night

This is a list of the different animals you can see at Moonlit Sanctuary on an evening tour. The Sanctuary is also home to a range of diurnal animals that can be seen on a day visit. Some diurnal animals may also be seen during the evening although they do behave differently during the day. 

Mammals

  • Eastern Grey Kangaroo
  • Red-necked Wallaby
  • Tammar Wallaby
  • Swamp Wallaby
  • Red-bellied Pademelon
  • Long-nosed Potoroo
  • Koala
  • Southern Hairy Nosed Wombat 
  • Spot-tailed Quoll
  • Tasmanian Devil
  • Spinifex Hopping Mouse
  • Dingo
  • Squirrel Glider
  • Feathertail Glider
  • Yellow Bellied Glider
  • Southern Bettong
  • Rufous Bettong
  • Brush Tail Possum

 

Birds

  • Sulphur Crested Cockatoo
  • Barn Owl
  • Emu
  • Barking Owl
  • Owlet Nightjar
  • Tawny Frogmouth

Lizards and Snakes

  • Rough Knob-tailed Gecko
  • Central Bearded Dragon
  • Victorian Carpet Python
  • Coastal Carpet Python
  • Diamond Python
  • Jungle Python
  • Victorian Carpet Python

Amphibians

  • Green Tree Frog
  • Growling Grass Frog

Fish

  • Rainbowfish
  • Silver Perch

Commonly Seen Wild Animals (by night)

Whilst there is no guarantee that you will see these animals, they are all species we see most evenings.

Birds

  • Australian Shelduck
  • Cape Barren Goose
  • Pacific Black Duck
  • Chestnut Teal
  • Maned Duck (aka Wood Duck)
  • Purple Swamp Hen
  • Eurasian Coot
  • Dusky Moorhen
  • Australasian Grebe
  • Tawny frogmouth

Mammals

  • Micro bat
  • Brush tail possum
  • Ring tail possum
  • Sugar glider
  • Native bush rat