Tasmania Wildlife

Tasmania is home to an abundance of wildlife, however much of it is nocturnal and with so much wilderness to camouflage themselves in, even the diurnal wildlife can be a challenge to spot. However, the trick finding the native wildlife is to really embrace nature and walk slowly and quietly, using your senses to explore. The snap of a twig or splash in the water could be a nearby animal and if you're walking at dusk, a torch is a fantastic way to help spot wallabies, wombats and possums.

National Parks are the best place to observe Tasmania's wildlife and Narawntapu, Mt William and Freycinet are the best for spotlighting. Mt William is also renowned as a refuge to the largest marsupials on the island, the forester kangaroos which graze a dawn and dusk. Specialist tours are also available and are your best opportunity to get up close and personal with the unique native wildlife including wombats, quolls and the famous Tasmania devils. Marine life is also rich in Tasmania with whales, fur seals and dolphins often spotted off the coast and abundant aquatic life underwater.

In the northwest, Latrobe is the best place to see platypus in the wild and also offers tours that showcase echidnas, the closest relative of the platypus and the only other egg-laying mammal in the world. About the size of a small football, echidnas have a long beak, sticky tongue, digging claws and a combination of fur and spines. Birdlife is also abundant in Tasmania with sea eagles spotted off the coastal cliffs, colourful and rage parrots in the southwest and Melaleuca wilderness, pink robins on the rainforest floor, fairy penguins and albatrosses off the beaches and pelicans, cormorants, black swans, herons, native ducks and marsh birds in the wetlands of Tamar Island.