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 saw plenty of wallabies and birds, including emus.
Serendip Sanctuary hike details
Time: 1.5 hours
Elevation: A whopping 6m
Grade: Very easy
Family-friendly: Definitely! There’s even 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 is a better idea.
Serendip Sanctuary cost: Free!
Location: Serendip Sanctuary is in Lara, about 20km north-east of Geelong.
Getting there: 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.
Serendip Sanctuary opening hours: 8am to 4pm
Facilities: Toilets, baby change facilities, picnic tables, free barbecue facilities.
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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. Species include:
- 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.
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 and they can test their jumping skills against the resident kangaroos at the long jump pit.
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 1963 or visiting Parks Victoria’s the Parks Victoria Junior Ranger website.
We thought it was a fantastic place and can see ourselves returning to Serendip Sanctuary with The Monsta many times and for many years to come.