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Tasmanian Devil Unzoo

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Address: 5990 Arthur Hwy, Taranna, Tasmania 7180, Australia
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+61 1800 641 641
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

The world's first Unzoo project is located at Taranna, Tasmania, about one...

The world's first Unzoo project is located at Taranna, Tasmania, about one hour from Hobart and 10kms before Port Arthur. The Unzoo is an innovative and holistic wildlife experience dedicated to showing you the unique animals and plants of Tasmania while taking a lead role in preserving the critically endangered Tasmanian devil. Join our guided wildlife encounters and come face to face with our famous devils and endemic quolls, pademelons, rosellas, kangaroos, possums, frogmouths and birds of prey. More than two km of trails take you through the Tasmanian Native Botanic Garden from tall tree forest to the Norfolk Bay seaside. The principle of the Unzoo is to immerse you in our natural environment so, for instance, we have removed our boundary fences so the local wild animals can come and go as they please. Allow two hours for your visit or add an hour for a 4WD research and conservation adventure to see how we are managing the last safe wild Tasmanian devils on Earth. The Unzoo is open every day (except 25 Dec) from 9am. We schedule our wildlife encounters each half hour or so, that's 15 every day.

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Totally enjoyed the trip to the unzoo. It's about 70min drive away from Hobart but totally worried the drive. It's a small enclosure but has most of the essential animals endemic... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Totally enjoyed the trip to the unzoo. It's about 70min drive away from Hobart but totally worried the drive. It's a small enclosure but has most of the essential animals endemic to Tasmania. Love the devils and especially the kangaroo feedings. We also went on the devil tracker tour, rather educational and an experience especially to us who came from... More 

Thank runningtomato
Dunedin, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Although there is a large sign on the road, the buildings don't scream out Wildlife Conservation Centre. The grounds are more than a little run down but the focus of the staff is on the wildlife and their welfare. You can use the map provided to walk around the entire premises which could be done in about half an hour... More 

Thank Roger J
Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We were advised that this place was a must see, and we weren't disappointed. Saw 2 of their presentations - Tasmanian Devil and Birds of the Bush - and both were well presented and informative. The presenters were knowledgable and entertaining and we came away knowing more than we did before. Well worth a visit!!

Thank David G
Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The 10 year old grandson & his grandparents has a great few hours at the unzoo. Staff friendly and informative. Would visit it again when near Port Arthur.

Thank Lawrie63
Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stopped here before I did a Tasman Island Cruise in the afternoon. The enclosures are spacious and well vegetated. The animals had plenty of room to fun, hide, play and socialize. Would've stayed longer but ran out of time. Well worth the visit if you're ever in Port Arthur.

Thank Jordan V
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My friend and I just came across the Unzoo so decided to pop in. It was a very relaxed enjoyable visit. We were able to see Tasmanian devils as well as walk amongst and pet kangaroos and wallabies. They had a number of different birds and animals. It was a thoroughly enjoyable 2 hours. The environment was very natural.

Thank WinnieTay
Bellingen, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This reserve has healthy Tasmanian Devils, Spotted Quolls, indigenous parrots and other attractions. You can see the animals fed several times per day and listen to interesting information from the rangers. Although the entry fee is fairly high for an attraction of this type, the money goes to the work they're doing to try to rehabilitate the Devil population. Don't... More 

Thank Bjerkana
John H, Owner at Tasmanian Devil Unzoo, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting and supporting our important work to maintain the healthy Tasmanian devils in our region and for listening to our guides along the way. We believe we have an interesting story to tell. You mention a response from the owner, my wife Caroline. As you may have noticed Caroline has a broken wrist which is causing considerable... More 

Phoenix, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2017

LOVE THIS ZOO - they're helping to save the Tasmanian Devil population as they have disease free devils that are thriving! They have several shows a day where they feed some devils and explain their feeding habits and other interesting things about this amazing marsupial. They also have a large area with lots of kangaroos, wallabies and pademelons that you... More 

Thank Pam J
John H, Owner at Tasmanian Devil Unzoo, responded to this review

Thank you for your great response. We are very happy you enjoyed learning about our work with Tasmanian devil conservation. As we have mentioned before perhaps we need to explain our Unzoo concept a deal better as we have made a change from a zoo to an Unzoo. More 

Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2017

small zoo with only a few animals. we went because the kids wanted to see tas devils. Feeding the kangaroos was a highlight. The bird show was also very good. but otherwise not much else to see.

Thank lefamily5
John H, Owner at Tasmanian Devil Unzoo, responded to this review

Thank you for supporting us. Perhaps our message that we now do not have a zoo but an Unzoo, which is greatly different from a zoo, is not being explained well enough. This is a bit of a challenge as we are the first to try this concept. We do have a host of wild creatures here, in part because... More 

Wodonga, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2017

A great place to go to see Tasmanian Devil's and other Australian fauna. The Devil's were great. We got there in time to see them being fed. Talk about an animal with attitude.....A word of warning, don't put your hand over the side of there enclosure and if you drop anything in it will be wrecked by the Devil's as... More 

Thank diandray50
John H, Owner at Tasmanian Devil Unzoo, responded to this review

What a great response from an Aussie. It is wonderful to read that you enjoyed your visit to see our Australian / Tasmanian fauna. The main thing about our Unzoo is that most of the animals you experience here are wild. Regards, John Hamilton. More 

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