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Bonorong Wildlife Park

Anyone keen to experience Tasmanian wildlife should visit Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary just a short drive out of Hobart, and nicely done as a day trip also taking in Mt Field National Park, or the historic town of Richmond.

Tasmanian Devil Bonorong Wildlife Park Tasmania

Tasmanian Devil Bonorong Wildlife Park Tasmania

Tasmanian Devil Bonorong Wildlife Park Tasmania

Tasmanian Devil Bonorong Wildlife Park Tasmania

As well as being a chance to see some unique and endangered Tasmanian wildlife – the Tasmanian Devil and our two quoll species amongst others – visiting Bonorong is also a way of supporting wildlife conservation in Tasmania. Funds raised through entry fees are used to care for injured and orphaned wildlife with re-release to the wild common. Also, the Tasmanian Devil is at serious risk of extinction in the wild due to the Devil Facial Tumor Disease (DFTD) and keeping healthy devils in safe havens like Bonorong is essential to their long term survival. Click here for more info on the plight of the Tassie Devil

Spotted Tail Quoll Bonorong Tasmania

A sleepy Spotted Tail Quoll, waking up with a big yawn and getting ready for feeding time

Spotted Tail Quoll Bonorong

Beautiful little critters!

The park is also home to many wallaby and Forester Kangaroos, who are quite used to people and indeed seem to almost expect a feed and a quick scratch on the chest from visitors. There are also many birds, echidnas, lizards and snakes to view safely. And a visit wouldn’t be complete without a quick conversation with Fred, the 100 year old cockatoo who even received a letter from the Queen to celebrate his longevity!

Wallaby Bonorong Tasmania


All the details on how to visit Bonorong are on their website, and of course you can follow them on Facebook.

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Luke O'Brien runs a stall at Hobart's popular Salamanca Market every Saturday where his prints and cards are available for purchase. Follow Luke's photographic adventures on Twitter at @lukeobrienphoto, at his Facebook page or by subscribing to his email newsletter.