Tasmania is home to an array of weird and wonderful creatures (we’re talking about the wildlife, although there are some interesting people around). We’ve put together some tips on where to spot the local wildlife, as well as some neat ways we can all watch out for them and make our roads safer for everyone.
Where to find wildlife
1. Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
If spotting wildlife in the wild is too adventurous for you, take the family to Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary. Join a guided tour to learn interesting facts and stories about the sanctuary’s furry, spikey, scaley residents. The animals all have so much character, and include Tasmanian devils, wombats, echidnas, Forester kangaroos, wallabies, Eastern quolls, reptiles, birds, and so much more. You can even hand feed the free roaming kangaroos (although they are pretty slobbery). The passionate staff also do wonderful work at the wildlife hospital onsite.
2. Chauncy Vale Wildlife Sanctuary
Children’s author and national treasure Nan Chauncy called Chauncy Vale home. The land was established as a sanctuary in 1946 and is open daily for the public to enjoy (go and find a cave!). The many creatures who call Chauncy Vale home include an array of birdlife, insects, wallabies, kangaroos, echidnas, possums, quolls, pademelons, wombats, snakes, frogs, and bats. Take your time wandering along the lovely bushwalking tracks and see who you meet!
3. Lake Dulverton Conservation Area
Picturesque Lake Dulverton is adjacent to the heritage town of Oatlands. The conservation area is an important habitat for birdlife—as many as 77 different bird species have been recorded there. Lake Dulverton is also an important sanctuary for other species, such as frogs. Go for a relaxing walk along the water’s edge and see who you spot.
4. Ben Lomond National Park
The Ben Lomond National Park, in the Northern Midlands, is home to a wide variety of species. Spot Bennett’s wallabies and wombats in the ski village—even in the snow! During winter, you might also be lucky enough to see an Eastern quoll. At the Upper Ford River you might spy an echidna or the elusive platypus. Cute pademelons loiter around wet gullies and places with thick undergrowth, while Forester kangaroos bounce along the southwest edge of the park. Gaze skyward for the majestic wedge-tailed eagle, the noisy yellow-tailed black cockatoo, and several endemic species.
Watching out for wildlife
The Heritage Highway Silhouette Trail features two extinct native animals: the Tasmanian emu and the Tasmanian tiger. While hunting was the great threat of the past, our roads are a threat to our unique creatures today (download the free Roadkill TAS app to help identify danger hot-spots).
Our friends at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary and Hobart Airport have put together some handy tips to help make our roads safer for all. There is some great info on their Furry Feathery Friends Alert website. Tips include:
- When driving, never swerve to avoid wildlife. Stay in your lane and slow down.
- Don’t throw food out of your car—it attracts wildlife to the roadside.
- Be aware of wildlife hot-spots. Look out for road signs, slow down and take extra care.
- If safe to do so, move roadkill off the road. It attracts scavengers like Tasmanian devils and wedge-tailed eagles who are at risk of becoming roadkill themselves.
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