Wildlife travel: What animals can I see in Tasmania?

An isolated island off the south coast of Australia, Tasmania offers encounters with such amazing Antipodean delights as wombats, wallabies and wedge-tailed eagles.

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Wildlife in Tasmania illustration
Illustration by Dawn Cooper

 

1. Wedge-tailed eagle, Tarkine Wilderness

This wilderness, which is one of the last substantial tracts of temperate rainforest left in the country, is dominated by moss-clad myrtle and towering pine trees. Look out for the endemic subspecies of Australia's largest bird of prey soaring above them.

2. Common wombat, Narwntapu National Park

Described as Australia's Serengeti, Narawntapu's open grasslands are famed for their huge numbers of placidly grazing marsupials.

3. Platypus, Scottsdale

It lays eggs, has a duck-like bill and sports enormous spurs on its back legs - it's perhaps not surprising that the first scientists to examine a platypus thougt it was a hoax.

4. Tasmanian devil, Bicheno

It may be the ultimate after-dark experience for wildlife lovers - watching the world's largest surviving carnivorous marsupial tearing chunks out of a wallaby carcass.

5. White wallaby, South Bruny

A trip to the south side of Bruny's Adventure Bay is like Alice's journey into Wonderland, only the white 'rabbits' are considerably larger and actually rare morphs of the common-as-much Bennett's wallaby.

6. Orange-bellied parrot, Southwest National Park

This rare and unusual parrot migrates between southern Australia and the southern tip of Tasmania to breed - you might be lucky enough to spot one from a bird hide at Melaleuca between October and March. 

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