Want the chance to see Tasmania’s most well-known native animals in their natural habitats? Here are the best places to see the Tasmanian devil and the Tasmanian pademelon up close and personal.
The Apple Isle is the only place that you can see Tasmania’s most recognisable native animal – the Tasmanian devil. These small creatures might look cute, but their ferocious screams are truly terrifying.
Unfortunately, the population of Tasmanian devils has dwindled in recent years after the devastating devil facial tumour disease killed close to 80 per cent of the population, meaning that most of the surviving population live in wildlife sanctuaries.
One of the best places to see Tasmanian devils up close is at the Tasmanian Devil Unzoo – a place that aims to be the complete opposite of a traditional zoo. Located in Taranna in the state’s south-east, the Tasmanian Devil Unzoo is a place where devils can roam free without fences or cages and repopulate. Join one of the many tours on offer to learn about how park rangers are helping to monitor and regrow the population of this iconic Tasmanian animal.
Descending from the same family as kangaroos and wallabies, the Tasmanian pademelon is a small marsupial that can be found across the state. While Tasmanian pademelons used to thrive throughout south-east Australia, the population was mostly wiped out by foxes. This means that you can only find this species of pademelon in Tasmania.
The Cradle Mountain – Lake St Clair National Park in the state’s west is the perfect place to see pademelon’s out in their natural habitat. Spend a night at one of the gorgeous Cradle Mountain Highlander Cottages and you’ll get the chance to see pademelons hopping around at night.
If you feel like going on an adventure off the beaten track, then Maria Island in the south-east is another great location to see pademelons, wallabies and kangaroos bounding across the island.