Wildlife

Meet the exotic wildlife of Tasmania island state.

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A Humpback breaches off the southern coast of Tasmania Australia

Dolphins at play
Image thanks to: Tourism Tasmania & Gautam Bawa

Platypus swimming in a Tasmanian creek.

Albino Wallaby

Low Head Penguin Tours
Image thanks to: Pete Harmsen

Wombat at Cradle Mountain
Image thanks to: Aydan Marrier

Tasmanian devil - The world's largest carnivorous marsupial and is found only in Tasmania.
Image thanks to: Wai Nang Poon

Eastern Spotted Quoll
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Wildlife

Albino Bennetts Wallaby (Macropus rufogriseus), Tasmania, AustraliaAustralia has a thorny reputation for wildlife and is well known for its creepy crawlies and venomous critters. The worldwide distinction is so prolific that you might think the continent is covered in mythical beasts. While that reputation might be well earned for the mainland continent, the Tasmanian island is a different mythical beast altogether.

The Tasmanian island, long detached from the Australian mainland, is covered in incredibly curious marsupials while its waters are full of majestic creatures. Simply put, Tasmania is one of the best places on planet Earth for wildlife viewing. You’ll even find the Tasmanian Serengeti on the north side of the island.

Tasmanian Devil

Tasmanian devil (Sarcophilus harrisii) - Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary , Tasmania, AustraliaThe cartoon-famous Tasmanian Devil spins like a tornado to antagonize Bugs Bunny in Looney Tunes. Appropriately named Taz, this dopey character is excitable and aggressive just like the real Tasmanian Devil. These creatures, about the size of a small dog, forage in the Tasmanian wilderness in small packs. They become incredibly excitable and aggressive when they find a carcass to feed on. They often growl at each other and nip to draw blood. And pound for pound, the devil has the strongest bite on planet Earth. Image thanks to Tourism Australia & Graham Freeman.

The males use this bite during mating season. They fight each other rather aggressively for the right to a female while the victor bites her neck to drag her back to his den. After mating, he must protect her for a 21-day gestation period or else she’ll be found by another male. Mating results in 40 to 50 young who learn to fight each other quickly for the right to feed on one of the female’s four teats.

But don’t let this brutal lifecycle fool you — the Tasmanian Devil can be a curious and loving creature. While it’s never advised to approach a devil in the wild, domesticated devils can make for a good snuggle. In fact, many fall in love with this endemic animal and keep them as pets. They can even be imported to other countries. Unfortunately, a strange case of contagious facial cancer has decimated more than 70% of the wild population. The Australian government is hard at work trying to conserve this endangered species by domesticating large swaths of the population.

Wombat

Wombat, Cradle Mountain, Tasmania, AustraliaThe wombat is endemic to the Australian continent. These lumbering marsupials are tame, look to be overweight and are rather homely. It’s the perfect recipe for “ugly-cute” which make them lovingly endearing. This 30-kilogram critter rears its young in a backwards-facing pouch which prevents the joey from being covered in soil when the wombat digs with its incredibly powerful clause. These animals use an extensive patchwork of burrows and feed exclusively on vegetation like grass, herbs, bark and roots. It’s difficult to catch a glimpse of these nocturnal marsupials but your best bet is in Tasmania’s Serengeti — The Narawntapu National Park on the North Shore. Image thanks to Paul Fleming.

Pademelon

Pademelons (Thylogale billardierii) - Mt Field National Park, Tasmania, AustraliaYou’ll find this endemic marsupial struggling its way through dense vegetation. It uses a short tail and stocky legs to push its way through the Tasmanian bush. It has a relatively tame color that ranges from a dark brown to gray but always features a whimsical reddish-brown belly. If wallabies are mini-kangaroos, the Pademelon is a mini-wallaby. These fearless creatures can be found all over the island from the remote national parks to the suburbs of Hobart. Imagethanks toTourism Tasmania & Masaaki Aihara.

Platypus

The platypus defies all categorization. This intriguing animal has webbed feet, a duck’s bill, a beaver’s tail and it lays eggs. In fact, it’s the only mammal on planet Earth that does not give live birth. And while both male and female platypus are born with ankle spurs on their hind legs, only the male platypus delivers venom. That’s right, this incredibly unique and beautiful creature can actually poison you. But don’t worry, these skittish creatures are incredibly rare and it’s unlikely you’ll ever be in a position to be stung by a male platypus’s spur.

Catching a glimpse of the platypus is difficult. They can often be found in the slow-flowing waters of streams, lakes, rivers and near dams. They’re most common in the lakes of Tasmania’s Central Highlands and in the rivers of the south and northwest coasts. Interestingly enough, the Tasmanian platypus is larger than the mainland Australian duckbilled platypus.

Dolphin

Pod of Dolphins - Tasmania, AustraliaDespite the fact that the waters around Tasmania are cold, you are likely to see dolphins. Bottlenose dolphins love the waters of Macquarie Harbour as well as the waters around the Tasman Peninsula and Bruny Island. These intelligent creatures love to race alongside tour boats and ferries in Tasmania’s southern reaches.

Tiny Penguin

Little penguins (Eudyptula minor), Tasmania, AustraliaOtherwise known as Blue Penguins or Fairy Penguins, these tiny flightless birds are the smallest Penguins on Earth. They love to go out into the cold depths of the Tasmanian waters to hunt during the day and they always come back to their subterranean beach homes at dusk. That’s when you’ll catch a glimpse of these incredibly cute land-and-sea creatures.

These strikingly blue penguins are adept in the water, but they can be a bit clumsy on land. They always come back home at dusk in formations called rafts that are similar in V-shape to migrating birds. It’s endearing to watch them struggle to stand on the soft sand of the beach while small waves topple them over. They waddle back to their homes which are simply holes dug into the sand dunes, and call to each other before retiring for the night. Image thanks to Tourism Tasmania & Chris Bell.

Southern Right and Humpback Whales

Whale braching during the migration season - Tasmania, AustraliaTasmania experienced an economic boom back in 1800’s due to mining, timbering and whaling. In fact, the remains of old whaling stations can be found on the southern end of Bruny Island. The stations were built to catch the Southern Right Well as it migrated across Tasmania’s southern reaches. And that whaling has diminished the numbers of Right Whales on planet Earth. But conservation efforts have allowed this rare whale to flourish and sightings in Hobart’s River Derwent have been reported. Your best bet to see one of these majestic creatures is from the cliffs of South Bruny Island National Park during migration season between June and October.

Humpback whales also make Tasmanian waters their homes. You’ll be able to catch these whales migrating northward to the Australian mainland for mating between May and July. They then migrate back South between September and November. Best viewing points include Frederick Henry Bay and Great Oyster Bay. You’ll also be able to jump aboard whale watching ships which give you up close experiences with these massive sea creatures.

What to do

Wildlife

Russell Falls - Bonorong - Salmon Ponds Tour

Private full day tour starting in Hobart including MT WELLINGTON, CASCADE BREWERY, JACKMAN & McROSS  Battery Point, SALMON PONDS (EST 1861), MT FIELD NATIONAL PARK – RUSSELL FALLS WALK  and NEW NORFOLK

Starting in Hobart, we will take you up Mount Wellington, also known as ‘Kunanyi’, the Aboriginal name given to the mountain by the traditional owners of the land. Mount Wellington is the backdrop to Hobart City, with breathtaking panoramic views of the city at 1271m above sea level.

We then travel down the mountain to see the iconic Cascade Brewery standing in startling, gothic isolation next to the clean-running Hobart Rivulet, Cascade is Australia’s oldest brewery (1832). A great stop for a photo opportunity.

Enjoy lunch at the ‘The Salmon Ponds Cafe’. The early European settlers introduced salmon, largely because of the popularity of fishing but also because of the unexpected economic benefits. After a number of failed attempts to transport them, the first live salmon and a small number of trout eggs arrived at these ponds in May 1864. The cafe offers offers fantastic Tasmanian produce, including top quality seafood.

Walk to Russell Falls in Mt Field National Park, a 20 minute walk round trip will take you through a unique bush, comprising of towering swamp gums, the tallest flowering plant on earth and species typical of wet forests and cool temperate rainforests, such as dogwood, musk and myrtle towards the falls, the track is also framed by stunning tall tree ferns. The falls themselves are superbly picturesque to say the least.

Finally, stop of a drink in the Bush Inn at New Norfolk one of the oldest pubs in Australia on the way back to Hobart.

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Tasmanian Devil Unzoo entry and tour

Tasman Peninsula - Taranna

Tasmanian Devil Unzoo is a unique four-in-one wildlife nature experience that combines up-close encounters with Tasmania's special native animals, wildlife adventures, a Tasmanian native garden and original art.

AU$35

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Devil Tracker Adventure and Unzoo

Tasman Peninsula

Join a 1.5 hour 4WD research and conservation adventure to discover how we are saving the last safe wild natural population of Tasmanian devils on Earth. Includes entry to the Unzoo.

AU$99

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WILD HOBART

WILD HOBART, an intimate, local experience aimed to showcase local favourites. Visit diverse attractions and sample world class produce. All inclusive, small group (8 max) day-trip. Nature - Wildlife - Food - Wine - Whisky. Low impact.

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Bonorong + Mt. Wellington Combo

Visit Bonorong Sanctuary in the morning. Join guided wildlife tour & feed friendly Kangaroos. Back in Hobart we have a lunch layover (1hr) by the waterfront. Next we explore Mt. Wellington, the summit lookout and visit Cascade brewery.

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Morning at Bonorong

Locally Guided, Scenic Derwent river valley. Bonorong Wildlife feeding session included. Kangaroos, Devils, Wombats, Koala.

AU$75

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Bonorong Wild Sanctuary + Mt Wellington

Mt Wellington / Bonorong Wild Sanctuary

Hobart Pickup at 12:00am -Mt Wellington - BONORONG Wild Sanctuary -Old Beach and Otago Bay to Lindisfarne - Tasman Bridge home to your accommodation 4:00pm

AU$106

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Bonorong Wild Sanctuary - Richmond Village + Mt Wellington Tour

Bonorong - Richmond Village - Mt Wellington

Hobart Pickup at 9.00am - Mt Wellington - Sandy Bay - Battery Point - BONORONG Wild Sanctuary - Richmond Village - Lunch Coal River Farm - Back to Hobart via the Tasman Bridge

AU$115

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Seal & Ocean Expedition

3-4 hour scenic boat tour with the option to observe wild seals and other marine life underwater with mask & snorkel, wearing drysuits on top of your clothes, from our safe sea-view platform.

AU$195

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Seal & Ocean Expedition - Observer

Eaglehawk Neck - Tasman Peninsula

For those who would like to join the Seal & Ocean Expedition, but aren't keen to jump in the water with the seals. You are welcome to stay on the boat & watch the seals without getting your face wet.

AU$110

3 to 4 Hour Boat Trip

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Wildlife and Wilderness Tour of Tasmania - privately guided and includes lunch

A specially curated day exploring Mt Field National Park and Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary

AU$816

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Australian Wildlife Tour, Quoll Patrol - includes 4 course dinner and beverage

Ben Lomond National Park

Quoll Patrol – One of Australia’s exceptional wildlife experiences

AU$600

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Mount Field National Park Wildlife and Nature Day Trip

AU$123

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7 Day Tasmanian Wildlife and Wilderness Encounter

Launceston - East Coast

Tasmania provides a rare opportunity to encounter unique and endemic wildlife in a geographically concentrated area. On this tour you will have a chance to see wombats, wallaby, endemic bird species and the popular Tasmanian devil.

AU$4290

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8 Day Tasmanian Wildlife and Wilderness Encounter

Launceston

Tasmania provides a rare opportunity to encounter unique and endemic wildlife in a geographically concentrated area. On this tour you will have a chance to see wombats, wallaby, endemic bird species and the popular Tasmanian devil.

AU$4998

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Cradle Mountain Day tour

Cradle Mountain - Lake St Clair National Park

Explore Mother Nature at its very finest at spectacular world heritage listed Cradle Mountain. Finish the day sampling local award winning produce and wines.

AU$150

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Wild Tasmania - 5 Day Island Tour

5-day island tour package with cost of AUD495, basic accommodation, 3-breakfasts, 4 dinners, Parks fees, vehicle, driver & guide. Please contact us regarding your interest and we can help tailor a tour for you. 5-7 day island tours.

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Where to Stay

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Lemonthyme Wilderness Retreat

Moina - Cradle Mountain

Situated in the mountains, this motel is 19.1 km from Devils at Cradle and 20 km from Enchanted Nature Walk. Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre and Tasmazia are also within 25 km.

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Huon Valley Eco Wilderness Retreat

Huonville - South

Situated in the mountains, this bed & breakfast is close to Home Hill Winery. Area attractions also include Pelverata Falls.
Wedding services, a garden, and barbecue grills are available at this bed & breakfast. Free full breakfast, free WiFi in public areas, and free self parking are also provided. Other amenities include a picnic area.
All 3 rooms boast private pools and private spa tubs, plus kitchenettes and flat-screen TVs with cable channels. Other amenities available to guests include free WiFi, furnished balconies or patios, and living rooms.

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Southwest Wilderness Camp - Tasmania

Melaleuca - South

This beachfront resort is located in Melaleuca. This resort features a private beach, a garden, and a picnic area.

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Bay View Cottages, Cabins & Strahan Wilderness Lodge

Strahan - West Coast

Situated on the waterfront, this lodge is 1.7 km from Strahan Golf Club and 2.3 km from Beaches. Strahan Harbour and West Coast Reflections are also within 3 km.

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Pedder Wilderness Lodge

Strathgordon - South

Situated in Strathgordon, this hotel is within 2 km of Jacks Track and Lake Pedder Lookout.

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Cradle Mountain Wilderness Village

Cradle Mountain - North West

Situated in the mountains, this hotel is 1.3 km from Devils at Cradle and 2.5 km from Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre. Enchanted Nature Walk is 2.2 km away.

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