Top 10 Wildlife Experiences in Tasmania

Tasmania is a haven for native wildlife – so much so that animal encounters are almost inevitable as you travel around the island. For the best up close and personal experiences, check these out.

Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary

Come face to face with an array of native animals including wombats, koalas, quolls and Tasanian Devils at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary – a social enterprise just north of Hobart.

Devils @ Cradle

Experience a close up encounter of the world’s largest carnivorous marsupial, the Tasmanian Devil, at this Cradle Mountain sanctuary. The focus here is on conserving the state’s three threatened carnivorous marsupials: the spotted-tail and eastern quoll and the Tasmanian devil.

Tasmanian Devil Unzoo

Handfeed friendly Forester kangaroos, meet endemic quolls and laugh at cheeky parrots. This four-in-one nature experience combines up-close animal encounters, wildlife adventures, a native garden and original art.

Narawntapu National Park

See Forester kangaroos, Bennetts wallabies, wombats and an array of birdlife roaming freely in the wetlands, sandunes and grasslands of Narawntapu National Park, a peaceful refuge on the state’s north coast.

Pennicott Wilderness Journeys

Choose from six tour options and cruise Tassie’s coastline in Pennicott’s purpose built boat. Watch out for seals, dolphins and migrating whales in the water; gannets, albatross and sea eagles in the sky; and cormorants and peregrine falcons cliff-side.

Pepperbush Adventures

From day trips to multi-day tours, Pepperbush Adventures are the ultimate nature escapes, with wildlife and bird watching at the core.

Trowunna Wildlife Park

See more than 35 species of native birds and mammals at this conservation centre – home to the world’s largest heritage population of endangered Tasmanian Devils.
Bicheno Penguin Tours

Nightly tours offer a rare and thrilling chance to visit a private fairy penguin rookery. Watch as dozens of the seabirds come ashore to nest.

Zoodoo Zoo

Book in for the Australian Native Package Encounter and meet Tasmanian devils, koalas and black cockatoos. Then take the safari bus and see ostriches, camels and zebras roaming the grounds.

East Coast Natureworld

Wander through extensive parklands and see Tasmania’s unique animals, birds and reptiles at this eastcoast nature park.

Image Credits: Tourism Australia & Graham Freeman, Tourism Tasmania & Rob Burnett and Wai Nang Poon