Can I volunteer or do work experience at Bonorong?
I am interested in caring for wildlife. How do I go about this?
To register your interest or to find out when the next training date is, please contact us so we can send you an information pack.
I am interested in joining the Bonorong Wildlife Rescue Program. How do I go about this?
It is a requirement that every rescuer attends a training session before participating in wildlife rescues, transportation and other aspects of the program. This is to ensure the safety of the animals as well as the rescuers.
Training sessions are scheduled every two months and run for approximately 4 hours.
All sessions are run at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary in the ‘Bush Tucker Shed’ building and there is no cost involved.
I brought an injured animal to Bonorong. How can I find out how it is going?
Feel free to contact us if you have a particular animal that you would like to enquire about, but please be aware we may not have all the information that you are after.
I would like to make a donation. How do I go about this? What will my donation go towards?
Your donation will help support a range of activities, including:
- The everyday running operations of the Sanctuary
- Tasmania’s only 24-hour Wildlife Rescue Service, allowing injured and orphaned wildlife a second chance at life
- The building of Tasmania’s first Wildlife Hospital
- Programs to support the critically-endangered Tasmanian devil and two other endemic Tasmanian species – the Tasmanian tree frog and the eastern quoll.
- Tasmania’s largest seabird rehabilitation facility
- Research into the status and role of carnivorous mammals in the Tarkine wilderness area
I’m arriving in Hobart on a cruise ship. Can you tell me how to organise transport to Bonorong?
We recommend using one of these as the public buses are not direct and take quite a long time.
The shuttle buses can sell out on the day so we advise you pre-booking via www.hobarttravelcentre.com.au. Most of the shuttle companies do not include entry to the Sanctuary but you can pay this when you arrive at the front entrance.
For groups, private tour buses can also be chartered on the day. Provision for this is made outside the cruise terminal on Hunter Street where accredited operators gather and you can negotiate a trip to Bonorong with them.
Is there any public transport to Bonorong?
Are you open on public holidays?
Is it possible to book a ticket online?
Do you provide gift vouchers?
- General admission
- Behind-the-scenes tours
- Purchases in the gift shop
- Annual Pass memberships
To organise a gift voucher please contact us.
How long will it take me to see all the animals at Bonorong?
If you would like to join one of our daily public tours please allow an additional 45 minutes.
Can I hold or touch the animals?
However if you join one of our daily public tours you will be able to pat a koala and a wombat, depending on whether the animal is in a good mood!
Those booking a behind-the-scenes tour will have the opportunity to see many more animals up-close and learn about them in more depth.
Will I be able to feed the animals?
However we ask that you do not feed anything else to the animals, as some of our human food can be harmful to wildlife. We are trying to keep a careful eye on their diet in order to keep them healthy.
If I book a behind-the-scenes tour do I need to pay the regular admission price as well?
What is the difference between the Night Tour, the Private Premium Night Tour and the Feeding Frenzy?
Feeding Frenzy tours meet the animals during daylight hours while the Night Tour and the Private Premium Night Tour explore the Sanctuary once the gates have closed and all other guests have left. Spending time hand feeding and scratching the kangaroos as the sun sets over the valley below is a magic experience and perfect introduction.
The Night Tour and Feeding Frenzy are group tours of up to 6 people (larger groups can be accommodated) while the Private Premium Night Tour is an exclusive tour with a personal guide.
The Private Premium Night Tour is also a little longer, offers guests a glass of bubbly, allows a little longer with the devils, and gives a sneak peek at the conservation programs being run by Bonorong.
As many of our native animals are nocturnal, they may be a little more active and easy to see during the Night Tour and the Private Premium Night Tour. This includes the bettongs, potoroos, quolls and sugar gliders. However, the offer of a tasty treat will usually entice these animals to come out and say hello regardless of the time of day!
Do I have to pay to take photos of the animals?
What is parking like at Bonorong? Is there enough room for my campervan/motorhome/RV?
While there are no designated parking spaces for campervans, motorhomes and RVs we usually always have space for them. Ask one of the friendly staff when you arrive if you are unsure where to park.
Do you have a café?
We are also planning an onsite café in the near future to provide a more extensive menu. Watch this space!
Am I able to bring a picnic into the Sanctuary?
There is also a BBQ and sheltered seating area that can be booked free of charge. Bookings for this space operate on a ‘first-in-first-served’ basis so please contact us to enquire about availability.
If you bring food into the Sanctuary please ensure that you place all litter and unwanted food scraps into the bins provided to prevent our animals from eating them. Some of our human food can be harmful to wildlife and make them ill. For the same reason we ask that you do not feed your food to the animals during your visit.
If you would like to hand feed the kangaroos, complimentary roo food will be provided upon entry to the Sanctuary and more can be purchased from the gift shop.
Do you provide baby change facilities?
Is there good wheelchair access in the Sanctuary?
A wheelchair-friendly bathroom is also available.
Can I bring my seeing-eye dog to Bonorong?
Do you have drinking water available?
What sort of activities do you provide for children?
Children that join the daily public tours are given the opportunity to pat a koala and a wombat, and ask the keeper questions about the animals.
Visiting school groups receive a personalised tour designed to meet their needs and address particular topics that they are studying.