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Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary (Brighton)

#8 in Best Things To Do in Tasmania

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Tasmania is home to some of the world's most unique wildlife, and one of the island's best places to catch a glimpse of these critters is Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary. Situated in Brighton, less than 2 miles outside the city center, Bonorong is a 24-hour facility that treats injured and orphaned animals before returning them to the wild. Some of the animals temporarily housed at the sanctuary include wombats, Tasmanian devils, quolls, koalas and emus.

According to previous visitors, Bonorong offers the "best wildlife experience," making it a must for animal lovers. Many appreciated the facility's focus on releasing their animals (when possible), as well as the 45-minute wildlife tours covered by the sanctuary's entrance fee. On these tours, travelers have the opportunity to pat and take photos with wombats and koalas and to watch guides feed Tasmanian devils.

Public transportation to Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary is limited, so the best way to get to the property is to drive. The sanctuary is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and admission costs 29 Australian dollars ($23) for adults and AU$15 (less than $12) for kids ages 3 to 15. Children 2 and younger get in for free. For families with two adults and two children, a family pass is available for AU$80 (about $63). In addition to having access to Bonorong's animal exhibits, ticketholders can join free guided tours that take place three times a day. Animal encounters with wombats, sugar gliders and tawny frogmouth birds are offered for a fee as well. On-site amenities include a free parking lot, restrooms, a quick-service eatery and a gift shop. Visit the attraction's website to find out more.

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