Plan Your Park Visit
Wings Wildlife Park is just a 45 minute drive from Burnie, Devonport and the Spirit of Tasmania Ferry Terminal displaying the largest collection of Tasmanian wildlife in Australia.
What to Wear
Comfortable footwear is always recommended for your visit to Wings Wildlife Park. There is so much to look at here that you might be on your feet for hours! In winter, or when we have had a lot of rain, boots are recommended as some heavy use areas such as the kangaroo enclosure can become muddy.
If there’s a chance of rain, pack your coat or umbrella, maybe even a change of clothes for the kids. We usually have the fire going when it’s cold, but you don’t want to be sitting in wet clothes for the drive home.
Summer days can be hot here too, so don’t forget the sunscreen and hats.
There are many photo opportunities here, such as the devil-feeding display, koala session, feeding the kangaroos, and so much more, so don’t forget your camera.
Make sure your camera is fully charged. If you’re staying for a few days, you might need to bring your charger. Spare batteries and cards could come in handy too.
Some of our animals are very active, so they are ideally suited to videos. Why not bring your video camera too?
We have a café on site, so you can choose from our range of meals and snacks, hot and cold drinks, during opening hours.
Picnic facilities are available, so you can bring your own food to eat on the veranda or picnic benches on the lawn.
Gas barbecues are available for hire. Wood barbecues are also available, but you will need to bring your own firewood.
Catering is available for parties and groups. Just give us a ring or send us an email and let us know your requirements beforehand. The undercover “Devil’s Den” area can be booked so that you have your own enclosed space.
Don’t forget to buy some postcards to send to your friends, some souvenirs or cuddly toys to take home to friends and family that couldn’t be with you on this trip, and treat yourself to something Tasmanian as a reminder of your visit.
Food for the kangaroos and grass-eating animals can be purchased. Our gentle kangaroos are used to people and will eat straight out of your hands. Tubs of fish food are available too – see the look on your kid’s face as the trout jump for their food.
We have limited mobile and no TV reception here. Be prepared to keep your kids and yourself entertained in the evenings.
Access to our large animal walk is included in the cost of your accommodation, whether you’re staying in a backpacker unit or camping. This area stays open all the time, so you can wander around and see the bison, buffalo, camels, ostrich, emus, alpacas, ducks, geese, emus and other farm animals any time of the day.
Nocturnal tours are available during the winter months. We have nocturnal animals that sleep during the day and become active at night. This tour includes an interactive, hands-on, exciting experience.
Finish the night off with a muffin and hot drink by the fire. Bookings essential. The cost of your nocturnal tour will also cover you for entry into the wildlife park on all subsequent days of your stay.
The Leven River runs through the wildlife park. This is a great place to fish in season. You need your own permit, rods and bait. Catches can include trout, blackfish and eels.
Other activities such as kayaking and swimming in the river can be great fun too. Kids will always need to be watched closely near water, so be safe while you’re having fun.
The Penguin-Cradle walking track passes nearby. Wings Wildlife Park is often used as a stop-over on this 6 day walk. There are also short walks at the rear of the wildlife park into the Dial Range, so put on your walking-boots and go for a hike or a short stroll.
Bring some books to read or board games for the family for old-fashioned entertainment that is still enjoyable.
Whether you come for the day or come to stay, there are lots of options of other things to do in Gunns Plains. Here are a few ideas for making the most of your time:
Gunns Plains Caves. Just 5 minutes drive from Wings Wildlife Park. Discover the magic hidden beneath the picturesque farmland of Gunns Plains – a fascinating world of limestone formations, glow worms, cave spiders, sinkholes and underground streams. Daily tour times are 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm.
Preston Falls. Just 10 minutes drive, then a 5 minute walk from the wildlife park. Particularly spectacular after rain, but worth a look at any time of the year, this delightful 25m waterfall plunges into the shady depths of a gorge and is surrounded by blackwood forest.