About the Sanctuary

COVID-19 Update

As part of the of the University response to COVID-19, the Wildlife Sanctuary will be closed to the public.

Unfortunately, we are unable to accept plant orders during this time. We would like to thank all of our loyal customers for their support and understanding as we have adapted to the changing situation.

As soon as we are able to reopen, we will. We encourage you to check back regularly or follow us on Facebook or Instagram to stay up to date.

In the meantime, you can read more about the University's response here.

Online nesting box orders for postage are still being processed, more details here.

The Nangak Tamboree Wildlife Sanctuary was created in 1967 as a project in the restoration and management of indigenous flora and fauna. The site has a rich history and was once the recreational area of the Mont Park Psychiatric Hospital; it has changed drastically over the decades. In recent years, we have continued to grow and expand our role so that we can educate and engage the broader community.

In 2012, La Trobe University entered into an agreement with Trust for Nature to place a Conservation Covenant on the land. A covenant is a permanent, legally-binding agreement placed on a property's title to ensure that the native vegetation, including the habitat for plants and wildlife, is protected in perpetuity.

Nangak Tamboree Wildlife Sanctuary has evolved to now be a high biodiversity node within Nangak Tamboree. This eco-corridor connects the Sanctuary with Gresswell Habitat Link and Gresswell Forest to our north, through the Bundoora campus to Darebin Creek in the south. Nangak Tamboree will create an inviting, open and culturally aware space that protects our biodiversity and connect our communities.

BEFORE - 1951AFTER - 2017
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Visit us

We encourage members of our community to visit the Nangak Tamboree Wildlife Sanctuary.

Go for a self guided walk

There is no need to buy tickets, entry is by gold coin at the gate and maps are available on entry. We also run a range of educational activities and tours, including our popular Twilight Tours.

Visit the Retail Shop

Stock up on indigneous plants or nesting boxes to enhance your backyard biodiversity at home.


We are located on the La Trobe University, Melbourne (Bundoora) campus
Access is via La Trobe Ave (near the roundabout on Main Drive)

Contact us

T: (03) 9479 1206
E: wildlife@latrobe.edu.au

Opening hours

Sunday to Friday*, 10am-3pm
*Some public holidays may affect our opening hours. Please check here for the latest closure details.

Find out more...

History of the area

Discover more about this region's long and varied history.


Our plans for the Sanctuary, moving forward.

Research projects

Find out about our exciting research projects.

Partners and sponsors

We could not continue our work without the support of our partner organisations.

Wildlife at La Trobe

Expore the great diversity of plants and wildlife at La Trobe's Wildlife Sanctuary.

Land management

La Trobe University is the caretaker of more than 100 hectares divided into four areas.

News and publications

Keep up to date with the latest news from the Wildlife Sanctuary