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.
Illustration by Dawn Cooper
1. Wedge-tailed eagle, Tarkine Wilderness
Wedge-tailed eagle © Auscape / Getty
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
Common wombat © Andrew Bain / Getty
Described as Australia's Serengeti, Narawntapu's open grasslands are famed for their huge numbers of placidly grazing marsupials.
3. Platypus, Scottsdale
Platypus © Kevin Schafer / Getty
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 thought it was a hoax.
4. Tasmanian devil, Bicheno
Tasmanian devil © Eric Bean / Getty
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
White wallaby © Australian Scenics / Getty
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
Orange-bellied parrot © Ted Mead / Getty
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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