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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Illustration by Dawn Cooper

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1. Wedge-tailed eagle, Tarkine Wilderness

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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

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

3. Platypus, Scottsdale

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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

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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

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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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