PLAN YOUR TRIP TO BONORONG
Family (2 adults & 2 children) $65.00
Child (4-15 years) $11.00
Child (3 years and under) Free
Wild Child Kid’s Club (4-15 years) $36.00
Every person receives a complimentary bag of kangaroo food with each entry. EFTPOS facilities are available. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more people – please contact us for further information.
Wild Child Kid’s Club members receive:
⋅ A Wild Child membership card / Free Entry to the sanctuary for one year – no limit on the number of visits for the member
⋅ Bonorong VIP Pass – the kids get to wear a VIP lanyard and receive some extra attention from staff when they visit
⋅ Attendance to two activity days per year – exclusive to all the Wild Child members. To get together, meet new people and learn about native animals with hands on activities.
⋅ A quarterly newsletter
⋅ Tasmanian devil keyring – or other native animal of their choice
25% off birthday parties – which includes free kangaroo food and a guided personal tour for your group
We are open for day visitors from 9:00am to 5:00pm every day (you can also explore Bonorong at night on one of our private night tours). We are open 365 days a year, including (most years) on Christmas Day. If you want to celebrate Christmas with us, it is best to call our office and check we are open.
Bonorong is just half an hour by car from the Hobart city centre, on the way to Launceston, Strahan, the east coast and Port Arthur. Our address is 593 Briggs Road, Brighton, Tasmania, 7030.
Directions from Hobart:
Follow the A1 (the main highway between Hobart and Launceston), north out of the Hobart city centre. Turn right in Granton at roundabout onto Bridgewater Bridge. After bridge turn left at second roundabout.
This will take you onto the Brighton Bypass – travel for 3-5 minutes keeping an eye out for large sign on left hand side reading Bonorong Wildlife Centre and take left merge lane. Turn left following Bonorong sign. Keep an eye out for small Bonorong sign within the 60 km an hour zone directing you to turn left. We are then one kilometre up road on left hand side.
Catching the public bus from Hobart to Bonorong is possible however it takes approximately 2hrs including in most cases a change of buses at Glenorchy. A 20min walk also awaits (some of it uphill) once the bus drops you in Brighton. We are lobbying to have this service improved!
Alternatively there are a wide variety of tour companies to suit all budgets that regularly visit our park. Please contact us to receive detailed information on bus timetables and tour company contacts. *Should you be arriving in Hobart via a cruise ship, please let us know as we can provide extra information.
Timing for a tour:
Bonorong’s free daily wildlife tours are our chance to share our animals and their stories of survival with you. These events are entertaining, inspiring and interesting in equal parts – and include bonus wombat scratches, koala pats and a snack for the Tassie devils. Wildlife talks take place at 11:30am and 2:00pm every day and run for 45 minutes. They are exceptional for adults and children alike.
Want something even more intimate? For info on our private, behind-the-scenes experiences, click here
As well as looking after our animals, we take amazing care of our guests! Our dedicated staff carefully prepare our grounds and facilities to provide a comfortable, safe experience for you.
⋅ Our paths are raked every morning to clear them of leaves, sticks and the inevitable kangaroo poo
⋅ Parking space for 35 cars and 12 buses
⋅ A gas barbecue is available free of charge (by booking)
⋅ Our gift shop is replete with cool drinks, coffee, sandwiches, wraps and snacks as well as outstanding examples of local art and craft
⋅ Sheltered seating areas in case of rain
⋅ We have a disabled toilet
⋅ The main section of the sanctuary (where we run our daily tours) is flat and accessible, but we provide free entry for those in wheelchairs and companion card holders
We love Tasmanian weather – most days anyway! But remember, the day can change quickly because of our island climate. We recommend all visitors prepare for both heat and downpour when they visit us! Wear comfortable, closed shoes and bring a raincoat – even if it is sunny.
According to Discover Tasmania: The weather of Tasmania can differ greatly from other Australian weather zones. Tasmania has a temperate maritime climate, which means as a rule, there are seldom vast extremes of temperature, though of course it gets both hot and cold. On mainland Australia weather is generally more arid and, particularly in some states, less seasonally defined than weather in Tasmania. Those from northern Australia would, no doubt, find the winter on the chilly side, but it is a beautiful time of year, with crisp clean air, and low rainfall in many locations.
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Tasmania weather has four distinct seasons. The warmest months are December, January, February and March. Autumn (fall) has many sunny days. Winter runs from May through August. Spring spans September, October and November, and brings oceans of wildflowers. The average summer temperatures sit between 17 and 23 degrees Celsius (62 and 73 degrees Fahrenheit) and in winter, between 3 and 11 degrees Celsius (37 and 51 degrees Fahrenheit). Tasmania’s location below the 40th parallel means the summer evenings display a lingering twilight.
Visitors might be surprised to learn that Hobart, with an average of 626 millimetres (24 inches) is Australia’s second-driest capital city (after Adelaide). To find out more about Tasmania’s weather, check out the Australian Bureau of Meteorology.