Terms and Conditions

General Conditions of Entry

ALL PERSONS VISITING MOONLIT SANCTUARY DO SO SUBJECT TO THE FOLLOWING TERMS AND CONDITIONS:
1. GENERAL
1.1 By receiving a ticket for Moonlit Sanctuary or by entering any part of the Premises, You are deemed to have accepted these Terms and Conditions and have understood them to be binding. It is your responsibility to read and inform yourself as to these Terms and Conditions.
1.2 Management reserve the right to refuse entry or remove any person from the Premises or any part of the Premises for failure to comply with any of these Terms and Conditions.
1.3 Operational hours are subject to change without notice and may be reduced or extended due to weather or operational requirements.
1.4 Management will endeavour to ensure that the Premises are open for use by visitors during normal advertised opening hours. However, Management reserve the right, in their absolute discretion, whether for safety reasons, weather or otherwise, to close the Premises or any part of the Premises. In the event of such closure or cancellation, the Operator shall reschedule bookings to an alternative time, and, or date, but shall otherwise have no liability whatsoever, including no liability for consequential losses or expenses, in respect to closure of part or all of the Premises or cancellation of a tour or encounter.
1.5 You are responsible for your own personal property and the property of those persons under your care or supervision whilst on the Premises.
1.6 Design and systems of Moonlit Sanctuary are protected by copyright and other intellectual property rights. You must not infringe on those rights.

2. TICKETING
2.1 The number and mix of persons per encounter or tour may vary.
2.2 There are no refunds or exchanges on any tickets. In the event of cancellation due to unplanned closure, tickets will be rescheduled to another time and, or date. Lost, damaged or stolen tickets will not be replaced. The Operator shall have no liability for consequential losses, damages or expenses whatsoever, including no liability for travel or any out-of-pocket expenses.
2.3 General Admission Tickets, including online General Admission Ticket purchases, are valid for redemption for 12 months from the date of purchase. All tickets are nontransferable (your ticket/s will be canceled without refund if used by anyone else), non-refund- able and not redeemable for cash. No extension to validity period is available.
2.4 General Admission Tickets are not valid for Special Events or Private Functions.
2.5 Gift vouchers will be redeemable for up to 12 months from the date of purchase.
2.6 Tickets are available for purchase at the Moonlit Sanctuary Ticket Office or through the Operator’s website.  You must print and present an e-ticket at the ticket office or have the ticket available for scanning from your mobile electronic device.
2.7 Vouchers may be purchased from selected concierge desks, automobile clubs, travel agents, approved trade and, or re-seller agencies, accommodation and tour outlets. A voucher will entitle the holder to receive, in exchange, a ticket at the Ticket Office.
2.8 Only persons holding valid tickets are allowed to enter the Sanctuary
2.9 Children aged under 4 years may enter for free when accompanied by a paying parent or legal guardian.
2.10 Tickets may not be resold without the prior written consent of the Operator. If the Operator reasonably believes that a ticket has been resold without its prior consent, the holder may be refused entry without compensation.
2.12 All transactions are processed in Australian Dollars (AUD).
2.13 All ticket prices are subject to change without prior notification.
2.14 Discounted tickets may be available from time to time through selected publications and websites. Discounts are not valid with any other offer and will be subject to specific Terms and Conditions which will be available on request.

3. CODE OF BEHAVIOUR
3.1 You must comply with these Terms and Conditions, all rules, directions and safety requirements. Failure to do so may lead to you being removed from the Premises without compensation.
3.2 You must obey all reasonable written and verbal instructions and warnings given by the Operator and/or Management and/or Staff without objection.
3.3 You must not behave in a way which disrupts the safety or enjoyment of other persons on any part of the Premises. Offensive, irresponsible or unsafe behaviour, theft or vandalism, will not be tolerated.
3.4 Smoking or vaping is strictly prohibited in the Sanctuary,
3.5 No person affected by, or who appears to Management to be affected by, alcohol or drugs will be permitted entry or be permitted to remain on the Premises.
3.6 No alcoholic beverage of any nature may be taken onto or consumed in the Sanctuary.
3.7 Pets are expressly prohibited on the Premises, except for guide, hearing and assistance dogs.
3.8 Appropriate clothing must be worn at all times on the Premises. Persons without shirts or wearing offensive clothing will not be permitted entry
3.9 Appropriate footwear must be worn at all times on the Premises
3.10 It is prohibited to bring on to the Premises and/ or take onto the Sanctuary any weapons or any other articles which may cause injury or cause distress or discomfort to other persons
3.11 You are admitted to the Premises subject to a condition that, if requested to do so, You will allow your belongings and your person to be searched. The Operator reserves the right to inspect, scan or search You and your bags at any time. Failure to submit to a security check may cause the Operator to cancel your ticket or refuse You entry without compensation.
3.12 Motor vehicles, motorbikes, skateboards, scooters, bicycles, roller blades and other equipment that may interfere with pedestrian traffic are not permitted within the Premises.

4. CHILDREN
4.1 Children aged 14 years and under must be supervised by a teacher, parent or nominated guardian/ supervisor aged 16 years and above and shall remain under their control and supervision at all times whilst on the premises.
4.2 If You bring children onto the Premises, You are responsible for the care, conduct and supervision of those children at all times. You are responsible for any acts committed by children whom You have brought onto the Premises.

5. PHOTOGRAPHY AND USE OF EQUIPMENT
5.1 Any videos, photographs or sound recordings taken by You whilst on the Premises must be for personal use only. Any use, re- use or production for commercial purposes, without the express written consent of the Operator is strictly prohibited.
5.2 The Premises is under constant video surveillance.
5.3 Your image may be captured at any time and be used by the Operator in publicity, promotional or advertising material in any format whatever, for sales of souvenir photographs or for security or other purposes, either within or outside of Victoria. By entering the Park, you consent to your image or likeness being recorded and used for these purposes and You acknowledge that copyright in these materials rests with the Operator, without identification of You, compensation or payment of any kind to You.
5.4 The use of mobile electronic equipment such as radios, music players and personal stereos that may cause annoyance to other passengers is not permitted on the Premises
6.5 At the discretion of Management, additional restrictions may apply to the use of large or professional types of video or photography equipment. Use of large tripods or freestanding lighting for photographic purposes is not permitted.

7. LIABILITY AND DISCLAIMER
7.1 There are inherent risks in the participation in or on any amusement device or attraction. You are accepting those risks of which a prudent person is or should be aware and are required to exercise good judgement and act in a responsible manner.
7.2 Except as otherwise prohibited by law, You acknowledge that none of the Operator, Management and Staff are liable to You for any loss, damage, injury or any incidental, indirect, special, consequential or economic loss or damage (including loss of opportunities, exemplary or punitive damages) whether to person or to property arising out your attendance at the Premises and whether arising from default, negligence, misconduct or otherwise by the Operator, Management or Staff and You indemnify the Operator, Management and Staff against all claims and liability.

DEFINITIONS
• Ticket means a ticket purchased for a single admission to Moonlit Sanctuary between the daily operational hours and are not valid for any Special Events. • Moonlit Sanctuary Special Event Packages means packages developed for nominated events and festivals. • Operator means Moonlit Sanctuary as the Operator of the Moonlit Sanctuary and the Moonlit Sanctuary Buildings. • Premises means the Moonlit Sanctuary buildings and wildlife park situated at 550 Tyabb-Tooradin Rd, Pearcedale, Victoria. • Staff means the employees, agents or contractors of the Operator. • Terms and Conditions means these Terms and Conditions. • You means the individual ticket holder or purchaser or a person entering the Premises.

PLACE OF LAW
These Terms and Conditions are governed by and shall be construed in accordance with the laws of Victoria, Australia. You irrevocably submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of Victoria, Australia. To the extent that these Terms and Conditions contravene the laws of Victoria, Australia and are not enforceable (or parts or parts thereof), they shall be severable without invalidating the remaining parts thereof. The Operator reserves the right to change these Terms and Conditions at any time without notice. These Terms and Conditions were last updated: December 2018.

  • Published times of shows or activities may vary.
  • The operation of some activities may be affected by adverse weather conditions or maintenance activity.
  • Children 14 years and under are not permitted to enter the attraction unaccompanied and must be accompanied by a person 18 years of age or older.
  • No food or beverages may be consumed in the Wetlands Cafe that were not purchased at the Wetlands Cafe.
  • No alcohol or illegal drugs of any type shall be brought on to the premises.
  • Due to quarantine requirements, no animals are permitted within the park, with the exception of assistance dogs. Assistance dogs are not allowed in some areas of the Sanctuary and it is the owner’s responsibility to talk to Sanctuary staff in advance of attendance for guidance.
  • No scooters, skateboards, bicycles, roller blades, skates or motorised vehicles are allowed in Sanctuary grounds.
  • Moonlit Sanctuary is protected by copyright and other intellectual property rights. You must not infringe those rights.
  • Vehicles are parked at your own risk. The Company will not be responsible for loss of, or damage to any vehicle, accessory or contents in, or on any vehicle
  • The Sanctuary is a smoke free environment. Smoking is permitted in the car park. Vaping or e cigarettes are also not permitted within the Sanctuary.
  • The Sanctuary reserves the right to refuse entry or remove guests from the Sanctuary for vandalism, stealing, offensive or violent behaviour, queue line jumping, failure to properly supervise persons under your care, failure to follow safety instructions or failure to comply with these Conditions of Entry. Such actions may result in immediate eviction from the venue without a refund. Additional action may include Police involvement and /or a venue ban.
  • The Company reserves the right to inspect your bags at any time for security purposes.
  • Any photographs, videos or sound recordings taken by you must be for personal use only. Any use, reuse or production for commercial purposes without our express written consent is strictly prohibited.
  • The Company reserves the right to photograph guests at any time for security purposes or for use in connection with the promotional activities and general commercial operations of the Company. You expressly agree to the use of your image and likeness for these purposes without compensation.
  • The use of image recording devices is not permitted in any change room or bathroom facility.
  • Please report any incidents to staff immediately.
  • Tickets, vouchers and passes must be original, display an expiry date and be presented prior to that date, Photo ID and matching signatures are required on request. Fraudulent use will be referred to police.
  • Guests may not display anything that contains obscene, foul, profane, illegal or unacceptable language, photos, images, symbols, or phrases, etc. If your clothing  does not comply with these regulations, appropriate attire is available for purchase at Gift Shop.
  • Please do not leave your bags or belongings unattended.

GENERAL TICKET CONDITIONS

Ticket Issue, Delivery and Refund Policy

  • E Tickets are non-refundable and cannot be transferred.
  • Check promotions for redemption dates. Some promotions will not have a one year validity.
  • Discounts and promotions are not valid with any other promotions
  • Prices are subject to change without notice. All prices in AUD and include GST.
  • Tickets can only be purchased through this website by using a major credit card. Your credit card will be debited at the time of ordering.
  • In the unlikely event that you believe any unauthorised use of your credit card has occurred, please immediately notify us by email and contact your bank directly.
  • Handle your e-ticket as you would cash. Be cautious if someone offers to sell you this document – it has no official resale value and may be an unauthorised copy.
  • Lost, damaged or stolen tickets cannot be replaced.
  • Concession tickets are valid for pensioners, students and seniors upon presentation of valid ID.
  • Upon completion of your ticket or encounter purchase you will be emailed an e-ticket.
  • Print this e-ticket and present at Moonlit Sanctuary on entry.
  • Valid photo ID and credit card used for purchase may be required to validate your purchase.
  • Membership pass holders must present membership cards on arrival.
  • E-ticket can only be used once.
  • A child ticket is valid for children aged between 4 and 17 years of age. People 18 years old and above are classified as adults. Children aged between 0 and 3 years do not require an admission ticket.

RESPONSIBILITY

  • Adults are responsible for minors under their supervision.
  • You must obey all responsible written and verbal instructions and warnings given by Moonlit Sanctuary staff and volunteers
  • You are responsible for your own personal property.
  • Moonlit Sanctuary takes all responsible steps to provide you with safe and enjoyable attraction experience. However, it will not be liable for any person in respect of any loss of or damage to the personal property of, or the loss of life or personal injury to, any person, whether that loss, damage or personal injury is caused by any persons negligence (including the negligence of Moonlit Sanctuary) or otherwise. This exclusion of liability does not apply to liability that cannot by law be contracted out of, for example, because of the Trade Practices Act.
  • In these Conditions of Entry, “Moonlit Sanctuary” includes the owner and operator of Moonlit Wildlife Sanctuary and all Moonlit Sanctuary staff.

GIFT CARDS

  • Moonlit Sanctuary gift cards do not have an expiry date.
  • Gift cards are not transferable for cash and may not be resold.
  • Monetary gift cards may be used to purchase admission tickets, night tours, animal encounters or any other ticket product either online or at the Sanctuary. They cannot be used in the cafe or gift shop.
  • Ownership of a gift voucher does not automatically guarantee availability of encounters or tours. The gift voucher holder is responsible for checking if a booking is required for the experience they want. This can be done on the Moonlit Sanctuary website or by phoning the admissions desk.
  • If the purchase made with your gift card does not use the full amount on the card, the remainder will stay on the card and can be used for another purchase. If the amount is less than $3 or $5 it will be returned in cash.
  • Bookings are recommended for encounters and tours.
  • Bookings are always required for night tours, Behind the Scenes tours, Bird in the Hand experience, Keeper for a Day programs and Keeper Club.

SCHOOL  HOLIDAY PROGRAM ENTRY CONDITIONS

This program includes activities around and about Moonlit Sanctuary, including but not limited to: close physical contact with mammals, birds, non-venomous reptiles, frogs, insects and other invertebrates; craft activities; preparation of animal food; cleaning of enclosures; bush walking; tree planting and maintenance; field work; animal observation; ponding and other activities related to the management of a wildlife and the conservation park.

NOTE: Section 74 of the Trade Practices Act (“the Act”) implies a warranty of due care and skill into contracts for the supply of services to consumers, as defined in the Act. To the extent that the warranty applies to any contract relevant to the Release and Waiver of Liability, it cannot be excluded.

1. The PARENT/GUARDIAN must disclose any pre-existing medical or other condition that may affect the risk that either the CHILD/MINOR or any other person will suffer injury, loss or damage.

2. The PARENT/GUARDIAN acknowledges that the PROPRIETOR relies on the information provided by the PARENT/GUARDIAN, and the PARENT/GUARDIAN states that all such information is accurate and complete.

3. The PARENT/GUARDIAN understands and acknowledges the dangers associated with the consumption of alcohol or any mind altering substance before or during the described activity, and the PARENT/GUARDIAN accepts full responsibility for injury, loss or damage associated with the consumption of alcohol or any other mind altering substance.

4. The PARENT/GUARDIAN agrees with the PROPRIETOR and has explained to the CHILD/MINOR that they will obey and will comply with all rules and directions made or given by the PROPRIETOR in connection with the described activity. If a CHILD/MINOR fails to comply with the PROPRIETOR’S rules and/or directions, the CHILD/MINOR will not be permitted to continue the described activity, and no refund will be given.

5. The PARENT/GUARDIAN accepts all risks associated with the activity, including the possibility of injury, death, loss or damage.

6. The PARENT/GUARDIAN agrees to indemnify the PROPRIETOR against all claims made by any other person against the PROPRIETOR in respect of any injury, loss or damage arising out of or in connection with the CHILD/MINOR’s failure to comply with the PROPRIETOR’S rules and/or directions.

7. The PARENT/GUARDIAN agrees and acknowledges that, to the extent permitted by law, the PROPRIETOR shall not be liable for any injury, loss or damage suffered by the CHILD/MINOR or by any other person arising from or in connection with the CHILD/MINOR’s participation in the activity, whether such injury, loss or damage was caused directly or indirectly by the negligence of the negligence of the PROPRIETOR or otherwise, or by the PROPRIETOR’S servants or agents. The PARENT/GUARDIAN hereby releases the PROPRIETOR from all such claims, and indemnifies the PROPRIETOR against all claims made by or on behalf of any other person.

8. To the extent permitted by law, the PARENT/GUARDIAN acknowledges and agrees that all warranties, covenants and stipulation’s are hereby excluded.

9. All accidents, injuries, loss or damage must be reported by the CHILD/MINOR to the PROPRIETOR before the CHILD/MINOR leaves the PROPRIETOR’S property.

10. If the CHILD/MINOR suffers any injury or illness, the PARENT/GUARDIAN agrees that the PROPRIETOR may provide evacuation, first aid and medical treatment at the PARENT/GUARDIAN’S expense, and the PARENT/GUARDIAN’S acceptance of these terms and conditions constitutes the PARENT / GUARDIAN’S consent to such evacuation, first aid and/or medical treatment.

Please note:  Moonlit Sanctuary staff will not be responsible for the administration of any medication.  Medical information is required in case of an incident requiring first aid or other medical attention.  Should your child require medication during their time at Moonlit Sanctuary, please ensure that your child is aware of the dosage and how to administer appropriately.

Failure to disclose any medical conditions may result in your child being excluded from activities up to and including being sent home. This is for their health and safety while in our care.

Moonlit Sanctuary reserves the right to cancel or change times on any day due to extreme weather, maintenance or any other situation of concern.

Refunds are not available for any cancellations. Alternate dates will be offered by Moonlit sanctuary where these are available.

CONDITIONS FOR FEEDING ANIMALS

The feed we provide to feed our birds or animals may contain traces of milk and nuts

  • All birds and animals can carry diseases which may be transmitted to people, please ensure you wash your hands with soap and water after handling animals and before eating or drinking
  • Some people are more at risk such as the young and elderly or people who are or have recently been sick
  • Pregnant woman should not feed wild birds
  • Adults must supervise children

MEMBERSHIP TERMS AND CONDITIONS

  • Current membership card must be presented upon each visit
  • Membership entry is not valid for special events unless otherwise stated – a surcharge may apply
  • Membership subscription is payable 12 months in advance and is non-transferable
  • A membership renewal offer will be forwarded prior to the expiry date of the current membership
  • Vehicles are parked at your own risk. The Sanctuary will not be responsible for loss of, or damage to any vehicle, accessory or contents in, or on any vehicle
  • Government issued concession card must be provided to receive discounted concession member rates.

RISKS

Please be aware of the following risks:

DEEP WATER: Deep water can be found within Moonlit Sanctuary. Swimming in or drinking from these waterways is prohibited. Children must be appropriately supervised at all times within Moonlit Sanctuary.

FALLING TREE LIMBS: Moonlit Sanctuary regularly inspects and manages our trees to protect your health and safety. Despite this, trees may shed branches that may land well beyond the tree canopy spread. When standing or sitting near trees we ask that visitors be aware of the unpredictable way that branches may fall and land.

SNAKES: Moonlit Sanctuary is home to several species of snake. If you see a snake:  Do not approach the snake. Wait for the snake to move off the path. Remember that snakes are protected species and an important part of our bushland ecosystems.Please report sightings to a staff member

IN AN EMERGENCY Please call the Visitor Centre during business hours on 5978 7935