How to have a meaningful encounter with Tasmania’s wildlife

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A third of Tasmania is made up of national parks and the island is home to a unique and abundant wildlife. Many of its inhabitants are unique to Tasmania, such as the eastern quoll and the red-bellied pademelon. Then there is the famous Tasmanian devil. Although marsupials have recently been reintroduced to mainland Australia, Tasmania is the only place to see them in the wild.

You can spot wombats as you hike up Cradle Mountain, or watch whales breaching the cliffs of South Bruny Island, but if you really want to gain an understanding of the habitat and behavior of Tasmania’s plants and animals, then exploration is the key walk the right path with a guide.

Australian Wildlife Travel offer a range of opportunities to get up close and personal with some of Tassie’s residents, with conservation always at the forefront of the experience. Their ethos is that wildlife is best seen in the wild, and each small-group tour is operated by local operators, offering an intimate way to spot the state’s native flora and fauna.

Tasmania’s western wilderness

An example of this is the 5 Days Tasmania’s Western Wilderness Experience hosted by Premier Travel. This tour covers the incredibly diverse landscape of central and western Tasmania, as well as some of the state’s most remote towns and villages.

Guided hikes take you past tranquil lakes and up rugged peaks in Cradle Mountain National Park, where wombats are often seen. At a nearby sanctuary, you’ll encounter Tasmanian devils as well as spotted tails and eastern quolls.

Then it’s off to the rugged west coast. In this much less traveled part of Tasmania, your guide takes you to the historic port town of Strahan, aboard the West Coast Wilderness Railway, and walks through lush forests in Tasmania’s oldest national park, Mount Field. Here you can see some of the tallest flowering trees in the world along with some of Tasmania’s 12 endemic bird species. You can of course visit this wilderness on your own, but even the keenest eye would struggle to keep up with the guides who have been tracking and observing these endangered bird species for many years.

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