My sons love wildlife parks and seeing animals up close so when we realised we’d be driving close to Wings Wildlife Park, we decided to make the detour after reading how there were 150 species at this park. Add in the fact that it sounded very fun and it has the largest display of Tasmanian wildlife in Australia and we were sold!
It isn’t just a wildlife park either. Home to a café, accommodation and camping sites, it sounded like quite the set up.
So what did we find? Is Wings worth the effort of the drive here?
Below, you will find our full review of Wings Wildlife Tasmania so you can decide if you want to visit this fun and educational attraction.
Wings Wildlife Park Review
I visited here with my three kids aged 4 – 10 years old.
The first thing we noticed driving into Wings for wildlife is the pretty setting – this whole area is a very beautiful part of Tasmania and it’s nice to have an excuse to stop and enjoy for a few hours.
There is a big car park and we were soon at the front desk for the wildlife park deciding on what animal food to purchase.
While anyone visiting the park will need entry tickets, there are also different Wings Wildlife Park prices depending on if you want to do private encounters with the animals, walk around on a self-guided tour (which is what we did) and if you want to buy fish and kangaroo food.
We bought one fish food and one kangaroo food (which was plenty for us), were given entry stamps (so we can re-enter on day of purchase) and a map, and we got going into the park.
The first area is an indoor one with fish, guinea pigs, mice, reptiles and more. In fact, the first animal we saw was a very welcoming parrot that said hello.
This first area was a big hit. The kids loved watching the animals, spotting baby guinea pigs and seeing the mice devour loaves of breads. Add in the fish feeding we were able to do with the food we purchased (extra $1) and the kids were very entertained. In fact, I think they would have been happy with our visit here even if we had only visited this part of the park! Even Miss-too-cool-for-everything was openly excited and enjoying the visit.
I finally pulled them away from the inside section to walk around the main outdoor area. This is where we found many Australian animals, like koalas, emus, kangaroos, many birds and Tasmanian devils, and a variety of other animals, like meerkats, macaques and bison.
It’s an easy place to explore and there isn’t much walking although some sections are uphill.
The biggest hit was the kangaroo enclosure where the kids could feed the kangaroos (extra $5 for food). The kangaroos were so friendly and keen to get some food that they weren’t at all scared of us which I found a little daunting given some were bigger than the kids. They loved it though and there weren’t any problems.
In fact, the friendliness of the animals was a big theme throughout our visit at Wings. Many seemed very keen to check us out when we came up to their enclosures.
After this area, there is one more outdoor section which is on the opposite side of the car park to everything else. This is called the farm animals and it is a nice area to walk around too with some regular farm animals as well as ostriches and more.
All up, we needed around a couple of hours to check out all the animals at a leisurely place although we could have taken longer.
At various times throughout the day, there are presentations at the different animal enclosures. We managed to miss all of this, but I’m sure they would add to the experience too.
We also ate lunch at the café here. The food is simple, the servings small and (in our experience) very, very slow. The lack of options in the area can make it a winner though!
Wings Wildlife Park Accommodation
It’s also possible to stay overnight in one of the Wings Wildlife Park cabins/cottages, budget rooms with shared facilities or in the campgrounds.
At the time of publishing this, the cottages weren’t currently available, but when they come back, you should also have the option of these two bedroom, self contained units.
Otherwise, you can book queen, family or bunk rooms with use of shared kitchen, lounge, laundry and bathroom facilities.
Wings Wildlife Park Camping
There’s also camping options with the choice to stay close to the wildlife park and cabins or near the entrance to the park in a pretty spot by the river. You can see the prices in December 2020 in the following photo:
Wings Wildlife Park Tasmania Location
Wings Wildlife Park Tas is at 137 Winduss Rd, Gunns Plains. We drove here from Leven Canyon and then went back up to Penguin afterwards. The roads were all sealed and we found it an easy drive.
We had a fabulous visit here. The animals were all very easy to spot and enjoy and generally seemed very happy. There is a lot of different creatures to see and our kids favourite part was probably actually the guinea pigs, mice and related animals inside. They did make for quite a sight.
If there is one downside of our visit to Wings Wildlife Park, it’s that my daughter is now even more keen to get her own guinea pig and won’t stop talking about it 🙂
We hope to return here one day although next time we will take our own lunch. It’s a great spot to visit on your Tasmanian road tripping adventure!
We hope you found this guide and our Wings wildlife album useful. You can find more details like the Wings Wildlife Park opening hours and Wings Wildlife Park feeding times here. You can find all our other guides to this region of Tasmania here or read our guides to nearby Sheffield murals here and Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm here.
Sharon grew up in Tasmania, moved away and then came back with her family twenty years later. She loves re-discovering her home state and sharing it with you here.