Getting to Moonlit Sanctuary

The closest wildlife sanctuary to central Melbourne

Moonlit Sanctuary is only 50 minutes south-east of central Melbourne, at the top of the Mornington Peninsula, and on the way to the Penguins on Phillip Island.

Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park

550 Tyabb-Tooradin Rd,  Pearcedale


Please use the adjacent map to plan your trip

From the Melbourne CBD via the Monash Freeway (M1) and the Westernport Highway (M780).

Phillip Island is less than one hour away via the South Gippsland Highway.

Reach us from the southern Peninsula and Great Ocean Road via the Mornington Peninsula Freeway.

Searoad Ferries link the Mornington Peninsula with the Great Ocean Road on the hour and half hour.


Use Public Transport Victoria website to plan your journey: https://www.ptv.vic.gov.au/

Regular suburban passenger trains operate from Melbourne CBD stations to both Frankston and Cranbourne stations, where buses may be taken to Pearcedale. Train travel time is around 70 minutes on both lines, depending on the train taken.

Cranbourne: No. 792 bus from the station to Pearcedale, this bus runs 10 times a day weekdays, 9 times a day Saturday, and 8 times a day Sunday. Travel time is about 30 minutes. Note: some additional services on this route do not run through to Pearcedale.

Frankston: No. 776 bus from the station to Pearcedale, this bus runs 7 times a day weekdays and 3 times a day on Saturday. There is no Sunday or public holiday service. Travel time is about 30 minutes.

Moonlit Sanctuary is a 2.5km, 30-minute walk from Pearcedale. Pearcedale is a small village with no taxis.

Taxis: Taxis may be hailed at the Frankston Railway Station taxi rank, and the trip to Moonlit Sanctuary takes about 20 minutes. There is no taxi rank at Cranbourne Railway Station.

Taxis from Moonlit Sanctuary: Our staff are happy to phone for a taxi for you.


We can arrange transfers to Moonlit Sanctuary for evening tours from Federation Square, returning you to your city hotel after the tour. A minimum of 24 hours notice is required and additional charges apply.


Several companies run day trips and longer tours which stop at Moonlit Sanctuary on the way to Phillip Island. These tours all depart from Melbourne.