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Friday, December 28th
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary

Today, we would visit Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary. But first, we had to check out of our rental house. Unfortunately we hadn't been able to reserve it for our entire stay in Hobart before the Overland Track. Worse still, the house we were supposed to rent for tonight had canceled on us just 3 or 4 days ago (after we had reserved it 5-6 months ago). Luckily we found a hotel (Rydges Hotel) which had a vacancy (there weren't many in the city). The hotel was helpful, taking and storing our bags in the morning even though we couldn't check in until the afternoon.

After dropping off our bags, we visited Bonorong. We hadn't had time to visit the Tasmanian Devil Unzoo when we visited the Tasman Peninsula. We didn't want to leave Tasmania without seeing a devil! We arrived around 11am, in time for the 11:30 tour.

Apparently everyone else had the same idea today, as it was very crowded and they decided to get a second tour guide and split us into two groups. Our guide gave us a lot of info on the animals. We were able to pet a wombat, get up close and take pictures of koalas, and see a Tasmanian devil. After the tour (about 45 minutes to an hour), we ate the lunch we had brought. It was a hot day, so we were happy to have shade at a picnic table. The park does sell food, but it is limited to a few vegetarian choices.

Yellow-tailed cockatoos

Tasmanian devil

Tasmanian devil

Tasmanian devil

Tasmanian devil

Tasmanian devil

Tasmanian devil

Koalas do sleep a lot

Koala

Koala

Wombat

After lunch, we noticed the crowds had thinned dramatically. We took our time touring the rest of the park. There were lots of varieties of caged birds. Kangaroos, on the other hand, hung out all over the park (uncaged). I felt bad for them because it looked like they were kind of listless because of the heat. Most of them gathered under shade of tree to stay as cool as they could. I only saw one hop away. It was also weird to see a spare limb sticking out from some of their marsupial pouches.

Rainbow lorikeet

Sulphur-crested cockatoo

Kangaroos

Kangaroo resting in the heat

Three kangaroos

Kangaroo

Kangaroo, ready to pounce

Let's go!

Took me a while to figure out that was a leg sticking out of its pouch

Sinister looking emu

Emu stands watch over the kangaroos

Tired kangaroos

Tawny frogmouth

Laughing kookaburra. Kookaburra sits...

Two kookaburras

Short-beaked echidna

Short-beaked echidna

Musk lorikeet

Galah

Blotched blue-tongued lizard

Blotched blue-tongued lizard

After the park, we returned to the hotel and started some last-minute packing. We needed to pack our backpacks with everything we needed for the Overland Track, and pack everything else into our luggage. We made a last minute stop at a store for sunscreen. I had a minor panic when I couldn't find the pennies I had brought to open the bear canisters. We found that the Australian dime worked as well, but I later found my pennies too.


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