Guided tours (day or night)

Rainbow Lorikeets - Trichoglossus Haematodus

COVID-19 Update

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

We will still be taking education bookings from May onwards (we will notify if these have to be cancelled as the situation develops).

We appreciate your patience and understanding at this time and will update you when we know more. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact us via email –

You can read more about the University's response here.

Take your kids, club or group on a guided tour through one of Melbourne's hidden treasures - the River Red Gum woodlands and wetlands of the Wildlife Sanctuary.

Come on either a day or twilight tour to discover who calls the sanctuary home.

Twilight Tours

Come and learn more about one of the longest running ecological restoration projects in Australia. The area now known as the La Trobe Wildlife Sanctuary has experienced a dramatic transformation to become what it is today. 

Interested in animals? A high proportion of Australia's unique wildlife is nocturnal and emerges only at night. So if you want to see them you'll need to venture out into the dark. During the tour your guide will use a spotlight to point our spot some of our night-time creatures. 

Standing amongst the ancient River Red Gums of the La Trobe Wildlife Sanctuary, it’s hard to visualise the landscape as cleared grazing pasture. Come and experience what the Bundoora area was like prior to european settlement through this restored woodland habitat!

Discover a whole different world!

Bookings are essential.

Book a spot on one of our public Twilight Tours

Book a private Twilight Tour


Child (under 15)$10.00
La Trobe Staff, Students and Alumni$15.00
Free entry for children under 3 when accompanied by a paying adult
Discounts apply to group bookings. Booking fees also apply.
NB: Please note that prices are subject to change.

When do tours run?

Public Twilight Tours run every month except January.

Private group bookings are welcome and can be booked on a night of your choice. When planning a private tour, keep in mind that start times vary throughout the year depending on civil twilight on your chosen date. You can look up the start time ("civil twilight, end") of your chosen date via this website.

What do I need to bring?

No equipment is required but we recommend that you dress appropriately for the weather – preferably wearing comfortable shoes and long pants.

Please note that you cannot bring your own torch on twilight tours.

Daylight Tours

Why not treat your club, extended family or group to a guided tour of the La Trobe Wildlife Sanctuary. Day tours can be arranged for any day, anytime and are a great way of learning about the Melbourne region's natural history. Tours can be run for groups of 10 or more people. Minimum charges apply.

Each daylight tour costs $140 and has a maximum of 25 people per tour.

Bookings are essential.

Book a Day Tour

Self-Guided Tours

Groups of less than 10 people are welcome to take a self-guided tour through the Sanctuary during our opening hours.There is gold coin entry and maps are available at the entrance to the Sanctuary.

*No equipment is required but we recommend that you dress appropriately for the weather – preferably wearing comfortable shoes and long pants.