Keen to see those cheeky Tasmanian devils up close? Tasmania Zoo is the place to do it. Feeding sessions take place every day, so visitors have the chance to marvel at these iconic little creatures in their element. There’s also Tasmania’s biggest collection of rare, exotic and native species to be enjoyed at this friendly wildlife park.
Tasmania Zoo is a privately-owned zoo spread across 364 hectares of natural bushland. Apart from providing world-class facilities for a wide array of animal species, the zoo is also committed to caring for orphaned or injured wildlife, some of which visitors may have the chance to meet during opening hours.
You can get acquainted with over 100 species of animals from Australia and around the world, including koalas, meerkats, sugar gliders, American alligator, alpacas, camels and more. Feeding sessions and animal shows are conducted for the public throughout the day and feature some of the most popular zoo residents, including little blue penguins, meerkats and, of course, the mischievous Tasmanian devils.
Visitors (especially those with kids) should also take a tour of the Jurassic Swamp which features over 40 life-size dinosaur figures and showcases the similarities between the dinosaurs of the Jurassic age and species of modern times.
When it comes time to rest and refuel, you can choose to bring your own picnic lunch and enjoy it in the zoo grounds, or grab a bite to eat at the Meerkat Munchies cafe where you can watch these funny and furry little creatures go about their day while you eat.
Nestled in the scenic Tamar Valley, Tasmania Zoo is located about 18 kilometres, or a 15-minute drive, from Launceston’s city centre. Travel northwest on the West Tamar Highway and turn left onto Ecclestone Road at Riverside. From there, it is about a 12-kilometre drive to reach the wildlife park.