Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary is a small (24  Acre) wildlife sanctuary with a big heart, located approx 29km north of Hobart (approx 30 to 45 minute drive). The sanctuary is small family run operation with a strong focus on the rescue, rehabilitation, and preservation of native Australian animals, through various conservation projects, breeding programs, and research initiatives.

The sanctuary operates Tasmania’s largest 24/7 Wildlife Rescue Service, and during your visit you can take a peak behind the scenes of their wildlife hospital.

Admission tickets can be purchased on their website or at the gate. Entry costs (as of May 2024) $33.50 per adult and $19.50 per child (3 to 15 years old) or Family entry for 2 adults & 2 children is $97.

The sanctuary is open 365 days a year and entry includes very informative 30 minute keeper guided tours at 10am, 11:30am, 1:30pm & 3:30pm, as well as complimentary “Roo Food” if you would like to feed the resident Eastern Grey Kangaroos. The sanctuary has a small gift shop and cafe.

For an additional fee, you can have a 10 minute encounter with a Tawny Frogmouth, Wombat, Ringtail Possum or an Echidna.

If you are after a more hands on experience, you may want to join one of their 2.5 hour feeding tours at 10am, 1:30pm or night tour.

I would allow at least 2 hours to wander through Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, especially if you plan to do a keeper guided tour &/or animal encounter, and longer if you are joining a feeding tour. My pick would be the night tour, as you will get to experience both the diurnal & nocturnal wildlife.

Blotched Blue-Tongue Lizard

Tasmanian Wombat

Whilst Bonorong’s aim is to nurse injured and orphaned wildlife back to health and ultimately release back to the wild, some are destined to live out their lives at the sanctuary, including:

  • Tasmanian Devils
  • Forester Kangaroos (Eastern Grey Kangaroo)
  • Tasmanian Bettongs (Eastern Bettongs),
  • Eastern Quolls
  • Spotted Tail Quolls
  • Tasmanian Wombat (Common Wombat)
  • Echidnas
  • Sugar Gliders
  • Tawny Frogmouths
  • Sulphur-Crested Cockatoos
  • Yellow-tail Black Cockatoos

Forester Kangaroo

Tawny Frogmouth