Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary

Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary

Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary (pronounced “Bon-a-rong”) was established in 1981 as a sanctuary for injured and orphaned wildlife and is Tasmania's most popular wildlife park. At Bonorong you will see native animals which are extinct everywhere but Tasmania such as the famous Tassie Devil, Tasmanian Bettong, Eastern Quoll and Tasmanian Pademelon. You will also see favourites like wombats, kangaroos, possums, lizards, native birds and so many more. The animals of Bonorong are loved and cherished by all of the staff here at the Sanctuary and we are sure you will love them too!
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Xanis21
    Orinda, California48 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic Way to Learn about Tasmanian Wildlife
    We visited here as part of a longer tour of Tasmania, and this was undoubtedly the highlight of the day. The Bonorong tour guide was incredibly knowledgeable and really educated us on the rescue efforts there. Seeing Tassie Devils, Wombats, Cockatoos, Echidnas, and Kangaroos up close was amazing. Well worth the trip and a great program to support.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 25 May 2023
  • fchangus2
    Palo Alto, California50 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing Once in a Lifetime Experience
    My son and I took the private feeding frenzy tour and it was well worth it. If you can afford to pay for the tour (money goes to a great cause), do it and you will not regret it. This tour truly was once in a lifetime experience to be close up to these beautiful animals. Robyn was such a fantastic guide with so much knowledge about all the animals and her passion for her job really shines. She went out of her way to make sure that we have close encounters with the animals and told us stories about each one of them. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 10 June 2023
  • Hugh K
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Highlight of our Vacation
    Wow, what an amazing experience! Our tour with Robyn was the highlight of my entire groups trip to Tasmania. Highly recommend doing the night time feeding frenzy, and request Robyn! Shes so knowledgeable and passionate about her job and the animals. 12/10 experience.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 16 July 2023
  • Jonathan G
    14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Feeding Frenzy Tour, Highlight of our Australia Trip!
    Incredible visit to Bonorong, definitely worth the trip and definitely worth it for the Feeding Frenzy Tour! After being able to meet all of the different animals around the sanctuary (Kangaroos, Wombats, Echidnas, Quolls, Frogmouths, Cockatoos, Lorikeets), we can say that this was the highlight of our 2 week trip across Australia hands down. Not only do you get to be up close and personal with the animals, you get to learn their personal histories and about the species as a whole from knowledgeable and caring keepers. We were lucky enough to have Monica lead us around, who was extremely friendly, enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and really cared about her work. The best part is that on top of how much fun we had, what you pay for your tour goes to supporting an organization that stands for animal welfare and rehabilitation that also contributes to wider species conservation efforts. Definitely recommend the Feeding Frenzy Tour on top of regular admission! We got so much one-on-one time with our guide and with close personal encounters with the animals. Definitely never expected to get to pet a Wombat and feed Echidnas and Kangaroos so close up! Especially because we went in Tasmania's winter, we had the whole tour to ourselves! We learned a lot, had a great time, and all for a good cause. Bonorong is definitely a MUST VISIT!! Add the Feeding Frenzy Tour!
    Visited August 2023
    Written 6 August 2023
  • Barbara A
    Washington DC, District of Columbia166 contributions
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    An unforgettable experience!
    This was absolutely the highlight of our 3 week trip to Australia. We had a private, behind-the-scenes tour with Robyn, a senior guide at the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, about 30 minutes outside Hobart. It is a center that rehabilitates injured or orphaned animals and releases them back into the wild. Some that can't be released are kept as permanent residents (for example, there were 3 tawny frogmouths that have had head injuries that hurt their eyes and so they can't hunt their own food, and an echidna whose back leg was crushed by a car so it can't dig). Robyn, was a fount of knowledge and passionate about the Sanctuary's mission. For 3 hours we met all the animals and got to feed each and every one. We got to pet some and hold a wombat!! This experience will remain with us forever.
    Visited October 2022
    Travelled with friends
    Written 16 August 2023
  • littlewanderer89
    14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Most Amazing Experience!
    A once in a lifetime experience for me! I did the nighttime feeding tour and could not have had a more perfect experience. Giving kangaroos chin and chest scratches, hearing Tasmanian devils calls for dinner and then feeding them (safely with a claw!) and hearing them crunch the bones. Meeting animals I’d never even heard of. Hanging out with a wombat Joey and feeding her a carrot. Seeing why it’s called a frogmouth. Hearing all the amazing stories from our guide, Robyn, and learning so much. I could go on and on! I had such a wonderful time and learned so much. Robyn was an amazing guide and the animals are just beyond words incredible. Thank you for all you do for your residents and all the wildlife in Tasmania!! I would recommend this strongly to any animal lover!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 26 August 2023
  • Travelrob
    Melbourne, Australia83 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great ethical sanctuary for animals
    This is the best animal sanctuary we have been to. The kids absolutely loved it. The care they take for the animals and the investment in time and money they put into rescue of injured wildlife is second to none, a well worthy reason to support. Kids loved the access to Tassie Devils, the big range of birds and of course feeding the friendly kangaroos in the paddock. Will be back again for sure
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 19 September 2023
  • Mandy Coombs
    North Petherton, United Kingdom1,206 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Really glad to support such a worthwhile venture & worth a stop.
    I was a little concerned about visiting here after reading some poor reviews, but glad we made the effort to stop and visit as do t really know what the bad reviews had to complain about. The enclosures were adequate for injured and captive wild animals, the staff were knowledgeable. All the animal seemed very well cared for and I love that they take in any injured animal and try & release it back into the wild & if they can’t they give them a home. We saw lots of animals including echidnas (one who is blind & one who has a leg missing), a wombat, lots of Tasmanian devils, quolls, loads of kangaroos, emus & other birds. I loved the philosophy of the sanctuary & if people think the conditions are harsh, just look at the area outside! It’s realistic. The hospital bit looked really interesting & although they weren’t doing anything while we were there the video was interesting to demonstrate what they can do. I would recommend a visit, but maybe not if it’s too hot as the animals won’t come out to say hello. The gifts shop had a good range or items to buy and the food outlet looked ok (although we didn’t use it). I feel our entrance fee was going to good use to help with future rescues.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 September 2023
  • kwhite8206
    Ascot, United Kingdom8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful Experience not to be missed !
    Really excellent experience and a must visit. We booked the premium night tour and had the park to ourselves ! Our guide Page was fantastic , very knowledgeable and clearly loves all the animals. We got to feed many animals , met a lot of the residents up close and personal and had a lovely game with a Wombat called Madge! Whilst a little pricey it’s a really special experience and all the money goes back into the great work the Sanctuary does. Thanks very much Page, Liz and I had a great experience!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 October 2023
  • cheldaly
    Christchurch, New Zealand21 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful experience!
    We spent a lovely afternoon at Bonorong sanctuary. We went to some very interesting talks by knowledgeable and caring staff and saw some beautiful animals. We very much admire the good work they do towards caring for native wildlife. I would recommend this to anyone.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 October 2023
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George Schmid
Philadelphia, PA137 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Our guide, Bob, was phenomenal. He has a great sense of humor and is super knowledgeable of all the animals. Time flew by on our 2.5 hour Feeding Frenzy tour. Highly, highly recommend this group tour. It was absolutely fantastic getting to feed the animals and holding a baby wombat and watching her fall asleep in my arms. Bob answered all of our questions - even those that challenged him. The store is charming and they have some great souvenirs. I particularly appreciated none of their bottle drinks being plastic. You can tell how well cared for the animals are. Looking forward to seeing the animal hospital being built so they can help even more animals. Getting there for the 10am tour made the experience feel even more initiate as by midday they were quite busy.
Written 7 May 2024
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Patrick M
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Apr 2024 • Couples
Had a wonderfully informative tour with Robyn in the evening. Robyn’s passion for the animals made our visit with them quite memorable. Would highly recommend a visit to Bonorong to support their ongoing efforts to care for wildlife.
Written 5 May 2024
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Rich_In_NZ
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Apr 2024 • Family
Wonderful night feeding tour with Robyn. As a family of animal lovers (birds and weirder ones usually!) from New Zealand we all loved it - teens and adults alike. Robyn was very generous with info and clearly super passionate, we were lucky to have her share her time so authentically. Generous amounts of time with each animal but not so long it ever started to drag. The fiercely-meat-eating quoll was my favourite, but honestly they were all great. The echidna's little tongue slurping up ant paste was very funny. It was just really really good - absolutely a trip highlight. Not cheap but very nice to effectively donate to a great cause while having a memorable time.
Written 27 April 2024
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RodForce
Hobart, Australia69 contributions
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Apr 2024 • Family
Absolute waste of money and time. $86 entry for two seniors and one 4 year old grandchild was an absolute ripoff. Most of the enclosures were empty and growing green grass. One illuminated box did not have any critters in it. We saw some Tassie Devils, some kangaroos, feral rabbits and several birds in cages. That’s it. The guide spoke for a long time in front of the devil enclosure and the in front of another enclosure with no animals evident. I doubt if there was any animal present. If the animal was nocturnal, it should have a proper enclosure with low light. No wombats, no Koalas, no possums , no wallabies or Pademelons etc etc.
Written 24 April 2024
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Lucy M
Dorset, UK347 contributions
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Feb 2024 • Couples
Our first encounter with tassie devils! Lovely sanctuary, animals are well cared for and all visible which is always a bonus when visiting! We fed the roos and wallabies, gawked at the devils, and enjoyed our time there very much.
Written 21 April 2024
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nancyolah
Fort Mill, South Carolina663 contributions
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Mar 2024 • Couples
This was one of the most fun and interesting things we did in Tassie! The Sanctuary was a pleasant thirty minute drive from Hobart. I never dreamed that I would hand feed a kangaroo and see wombats, echidnas, eastern blue tongued lizards, quolls, lorikeets, cockatoos, and yes, even Tasmanian Devils up close! Robin was our guide, and she was a delight - and so knowledgeable. She was a tiny woman, but absolutely fearless with the animals. We learned so much from her tour and from chatting with her afterwards.

This is a true sanctuary and animal hospital, not a zoo or one of those cheesy roadside attractions that boast that they have Tasmanian Devils. We learned that if a kangaroo or wallaby is killed by a car, you always need to check the pouch to see if there are any joeys. There were ten patients in care at the hospital when we visited. We saw two vets operating on an Eastern Quoll through a two way glass that allowed us to see in but the vets and the animals couldn’t see us.

We spent three very happy hours there, and suggest visiting in the morning as soon as they open and then traveling on to Richmond for lunch. Try to get Robin as your tour guide. You won’t be disappointed! She has a wealth of knowledge about the indigenous animals.
Written 13 April 2024
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Carol S
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We took the “Feeding Frenzy “ tour, and it was well worth it! Our guide was highly knowledgeable and great with the animals and the small children who were part of our tour. Great place doing wonderful things for stranded animals.
Written 12 April 2024
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mrobs08
Gaylord, MI30 contributions
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Mar 2024 • Family
This was a highlight of our trip to Australia. We did the night time tour and got to feed almost all the different animals. Robin was our guide and we got the scoop on these cool animals. She's great and clearly loves her job. My daughter got to cuddle a young wombat! They have oneway window so you can observe the veterinarians that are helping the injured arrivals. It was just neat to get that close to the animals. Not the tazzi devels though. There were a couple other non-resident animals that come into the park at night. Momma possum with her youngster on her back. Our uber out took ~35 min from Hobart. At night for trip back to hotel we had trouble getting an uber, but Robin got us squared away with a cab13. Definitley wear clothes that you don't mind getting dusty and fur coated.
Written 3 April 2024
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HighlanderGuyMN
Saint Paul, MN29 contributions
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Mar 2024 • Solo
Visiting the Wildlife Sanctuary was one of the highlights of my stay in Hobart. Besides seeing the various residents, including the Tasmanian Devil, it was very fun feeding the kangaroos. I used & recommend the Heart of Tasmania Tours daily shuttle service for the LONG drive to the sanctuary. Arrival time coincided with a tour & there was more than enough time available before the return to Hobart. If you enjoy seeing wildlife this is for you!
Written 2 April 2024
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Grant H
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Had a great & memorable experience at Bonorong. Very cool to get an up and close visit with Tasmania’s wildlife and learn so much along the way. The member of the team Elise was very knowledgeable and caring for all the animals. Would really recommend anyone thinking of visiting to stop in here.
Written 27 March 2024
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