The Sanctuary is well worth a trip with a young family with plenty to see and do. The kids will love it.
On the popular Wildlife Walk, you can see a variety of native birds and animals.
We’ve seen plenty of wallabies and birds, including emus. We’ve been back several times as our Monsta gets a bit older and he now loves fishing for bugs in the pond.
Serendip Sanctuary hike details
Time: 1.5 hours
Elevation: A whopping 6m
Grade: Very easy
Serendip Sanctuary cost: Free!
Serendip Sanctuary opening hours: 8 am to 4 pm
Facilities: Flushing toilets, baby change facilities, picnic tables, free barbecue facilities. No bins. Take out your rubbish.
Family-friendly: Definitely! There are baby change facilities at the main carpark.
Pram-friendly: Not really. The paths around the park are pram friendly – they’re sandy gravel. But the number of gates and doors you have to go in and out would make it difficult with a pram. A backpack carrier like the Osprey Poco Premium is a better idea.
Getting to the sanctuary
The Serendip Wildlife Sanctuary is about a five-minute drive from the M1 Freeway. Take the Avalon Airport exit. Coming from Melbourne, keep to the right of the exit and turn right at the T-intersection and drive over the bridge. At the next T-intersection, turn left into Old Melbourne Road then about 1.1km up the road, turn right into McIntyre Road. You can follow the signs to Serendip Sanctuary from there. At the railway crossing, there’s a bit of a veer left, a quick turn left and a quick right into Windermere Road where the Sanctuary is located.
Note: If you’re using Google Maps to get you there, it might and try you to a locked back entrance off Plains Road. The entrance is definitely off Windermere Road.
Maps and more information about Serendip Sanctuary, Lara
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Wildlife at Serendip Sanctuary
There are more than 150 species of native birds at Serendip Sanctuary. You can see the birds up close from bird hides and in aviaries throughout the Wildlife Walk in the Lara wetlands.
- bush stone-curlew
- freckled duck
- whistling kites
- yellow-billed spoonbills.
Native animals include eastern grey kangaroos, emus, spotted-tail quolls, black wallabies and the eastern barred bandicoot, one of Victoria’s most endangered creatures. You might see some of these animals while walking around the Sanctuary. Quolls are nocturnal creatures that mainly hunt at night. Like the eastern barred bandicoot, the quolls are also endangered.
Family activities at Serendip Sanctuary
There’s plenty for families to do while walking around Serendip Sanctuary. It’s a great place for families to explore.
There’s a ponding site where kids can dip nets to catch water bugs. You’ll find a tub with nets, buckets and magnifying glasses for free use.
Kids can test their jumping skills against the resident kangaroos at the long jump pit. Jump as far you can then jump as high as you can and measure it against different types of roos.
During the school holidays, Parks Victoria runs a free Junior Ranger program at Serendip Sanctuary for kids aged 5-12. Bookings are essential and can be made by calling 13 19 63 or visiting Parks Victoria’s the Parks Victoria Junior Ranger website.
We thought it was a fantastic place and we’ve returned to Serendip Sanctuary several times with The Monsta many times and for many years to come.