Tassie Trip Winter 2018 Day 9 – Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary

Today we decided to visit the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary in Brighton. It’s a relatively short 30 minute drive from the centre of Hobart.

The Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary is actually Tasmania’s largest animal rescue centre. While it may look like a zoo with manicured paths and well designed animal enclosures, every cent of the operation is put back into helping wildlife. It’s great to see a tourist attraction that also provides a very practical and important community service.

On the way there we were a little concerned as it rained lightly for the entire trip. Upon arrival the rain began to fall even heavier and it was very cold outside. Undeterred, we decided to take the advice of some locals we had spoken to, “If you don’t like the weather just wait 5 minutes”.

Funnily enough this was exactly our experience. After a 5 minute wait in the car the weather cleared and the sun was shining. We didn’t know how long the break in the weather would last but we decided to head inside anyway and make the most of the clear weather we had.

Bonorong is famous for its free roaming kangaroo enclosure. When you enter the facility it’s the first attraction you are told about and you are given some food to feed the kangaroos.

Upon entering the kangaroo enclosure we were immediately surrounded by kangaroos of all shapes and sizes. I was a little concerned about some of the large bucks (male kangaroos) as they were taller than me and had huge claws. Fortunately, they all turned out to be fairly placid.

The best part of hand feeding the kangaroos was seeing the joy on my daughter’s face. She absolutely love it!

An inquisitive kangaroo at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary.
A mother with a joey in her pouch.
Feeding kangaroos with my daughter at Bonorong.
My daughter absolutely loved feeding the kangaroos!

As Bonorong is a wildlife sanctuary it’s a fantastic place to see all sorts of native Australian wildlife. Our next stop was the Tasmanian devil enclosure. We were fortunate to see both an older devil and some devil pups.

The koala enclosure was also a very short distance nearby. Being the middle of the day, they were all sleeping in the most unusual positions.

One of the older Tasmanian devils at Bonorong.
A Tasmanian devil pup.
Sleepy koalas at Bonorong.

As we continued to explore the sanctuary we came across a variety of bird enclosures. My daughter loves birds and particularly enjoyed seeing all the various kinds of birds on display.

In fact, the greatest highlight for my wife and I was seeing the joy and wonder in our daughter’s eyes. We had such a wonderful time here and we would highly recommend Bonorong to anyone visiting the Hobart area.

My wife and daughter standing in front of the echidna enclosure.
My daughter and I looking at the bird enclosures.

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