Archive for the ‘Tasmania’ Category

East Coast Natureworld, Bicheno, Tasmania

East Coast Natureworld is a natural wildlife and Ecology park near Bicheno, on Tasmania’s east coast. Experience the freedom to roam and relax in 160 acres of parkland and lagoon, or get involved and hand feed some of the free ranging Kangaroos .

The multi-award winning park is located on 65 hectares (150 acres) of natural parkland and lagoons, north of Bicheno. Here, you can see native Australian wildlife up close, including Tasmanian Devils, Tassie Tigers (Snakes and cats of course), wombats, kangaroos, bettongs, koalas, pademelons, lorikeets, pelicans, Cape barren Geese, Eagles, Owls, Native & Exotic Parrots and much more, Natureworld also operates as a rescue, breeding and rehabilitation sanctuary for orphaned or injured wildlife.

Maria Island, Tasmania

Maria Island mixes beautiful landscape and wildlife with a rich history.  Maria Island runs 20 kilometers by 13 kilometers, with the entire land-mass designated a National Park, and does not have a sizeable settlement – only park ranges reside on the island.

The island is located off the East coast of Tasmania, and is a break from the hustle and bustle – as the island has no automobiles or shops.

Visitors must remember to procure food supplies and clothing prior to arriving on the island.

Flinders Island, Bass Strait, Tasmania

Flinders Island is the largest island in the Furneaux Group of 52 islands (and the only island with a permanent settlement, of about 900 people). It is located along the Bass Strait, which separates Tasmania from the mainland. Measuring 70 kilometers by 40 kilometers, Flinders Island has over 450 kilometers of road for visitors to use.

Flinders Island is located 20 kilometers off the north-eastern tip of Tasmania, Cape Portland.

The Furneaux Group was sighted by Tobias Furneaux in 1773, who was part of Captain Cook’s expedition, and then explored again in 1798 when Flinders and Bass circumnavigated Tasmania, proving it was an island.

Macquarie Island, sub-Antarctic experience

Halfway between New Zealand and Antarctica you’ll find Macquarie Island, a Tasmanian island located in the southwestern Pacific ocean 1,300km south-east of Tasmania. Macquarie  Island is endearingly referred to as “Macca.”

A UNESCO world heritage site since 1997, this island is considered part of the Antipodes Sub-Antarctic Islands tundra eco-region.

Australia has operated a research station on the island’s northern shore for over 50 years.  The Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) research base is home 20-40 residents a year who conduct scientific research on a variety of topics (biology, physics, meteorology, auroral physics…).

Tasmania Zoo, Devils Heaven, Launceston Lakes

Tasmania Zoo is situated in the foothills of the Tamar Valley, about eighteen kilometres from Launceston. The Zoo is on about 360 hectares of native bushland and is home to over fifty species of native and exotic animals, including the Devils Heaven Tasmanian devil facility.

Australian animals include Tasmanian Devils, Wombats, Echidnas, Kangaroos, Wallabies, Quolls, Sugar Glider, Possum and Koala, as well as some lizards and snakes. There are also various native birds including King Parrots, Rosellas, Lorikeets, Cockatiel, Budgerigar, Galah, Black Cockatoos, Corellas, Emu and Wedge-tailed Eagle. Exotic animals exhibited include Macaque monkeys, Deer, Alpacas and some exotic birds.

Devils@Cradle, Tasmanian Devil Sanctuary, Cradle Mountain

The Devils@Cradle Tasmanian Devil Sanctuary is a wildlife conservation facility at Cradle Mountain near the entrance to the World Heritage area of the Cradle Mountain National Park. Devils@Cradle is a specialized facility that focuses on the Tasmanian Devil, and also on Tasmania’s other carnivorous marsupials, thee Eastern Quoll and Spotted-tail Quoll. The ten hectare property is mostly undeveloped bushland with forest and grasslands habitat, with panoramic views of Cradle Mountain and the surrounding area.

Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, Brighton, Tasmania

Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary (pronounced “Bon-a-rong” – Aboriginal meaning “Native Companion”) was established in 1981 as a sanctuary for injured and orphaned wildlife and is one of Tasmania’s most popular wildlife parks. At Bonorong you will see native animals which are extinct everywhere but Tasmania such as the famous Tassie devil, Tasmanian Bettong, Eastern Quoll and Tasmanian Pademelon. You will also see favourites like wombats, koalas, kangaroos, possums, lizards, native birds and so many more.

Tasmanian Devil Conservation Park, Taranna, Tasmania

The Tasmanian Devil Conservation Park is located in Taranna on Tasman Peninsula just over an hour from Hobart. Visitors to the park have the opportunity to see Tasmanian Devils up close. The Park opened in 1978 and was the first Tasmanian Devil centre in the world. One of the highlights of a visit to the Park is seeing the Tasmanian Devils being fed. They are quite aggressive as they growl and snarl and tear up the food, crushing the bones with their powerful teeth and jaws. The devils are fed three or four times a day, with feeding at 10am, 11am, 1.30pm and 5pm (4.30pm in winter). “Devils in the Dark” is a guided tour that starts at dusk, and gives you the opportunity to see the Tasmanian devils and other nocturnal animals at their most active. (Times for the nocturnal tour vary, and the tour is only available for part of the year).

Wing's Wildlife Park, Gunns Plains, Tasmania

Wing’s Wildlife Park is a family owned park located at Gunns Plains in Tasmania. The Park displays a large collection of Tasmanian wildlife, caters for the rehabilitation of injured and orphaned wildlife, and also offers accommodation. As you would expect at a Tasmanian wildlife park, Wing’s exhibits Tasmanian Devils. The Park has a breeding colony of Tasmanian devils, none of our which have been captured from the wild. The colony was started from orphaned young that were handed in, and all the devils thee now have been bred at the Park. Some of the young devils are kept at Wing’s Wildlife Park, and others are sent to other zoos and sanctuaries around Australia. As well as breeding devils, they also breed owls, quolls, bettongs and possums.

ZooDoo Wildlife Park, Richmond, Tasmania

ZooDoo Wildlife Park is located about 6km from Richmond in Tasmania. The ninety acre park was originally an Ostrich Farm and Miniature Pony Stud. Zoodoo officially opened in 1999 with a small collection of Australian native animals. Zoodoo is now one of the largest wildlife parks in Tasmania with a range of Australian native and exotic animals. With the addition of the Bengal Tiger exhibit (Tigerland) in 2008, and the new African Lion exhibit in 2009, ZooDoo continues to expand.