Flora & Fauna

Meeting the amazing variety of wildlife is an enjoyable part of any holiday in Tasmania. Many of the marsupials are common to most of Australia but some, such as the Tasmanian Devil, are unique to Tasmania. They include the ubiquitous possum (brush or ringtail), and quolls (commonly known as native cats).

Elsewhere, wombats (a vegetarian relative of the devil), Forester kangaroos, and their smaller cousins the wallabies and pademelons, and the spiny anteater (echidna) - can be commonplace.

The list may or may not include the legendary Tasmanian Tiger (thylacine). The Tiger, once abundant, was a dog-like animal, about two metres long, with distinctive stripes. The last authenticated specimen died in the Hobart Zoo in 1936. However, there have been many unconfirmed sightings over the years, mainly around the West Coast. Keep your eyes open and a camera handy and you may make headlines!

The State’s many National Parks are a good place to meet the native wildlife. Elsewhere privately-operated wildlife parks throughout Tasmania offer a one-to-one experience with Tasmanian favourites and the cuddly koala bear, brought in from mainland Australia.

The environment in which these animals live include some unique flora species - the renowned huon pine, which may have taken several thousand years to reach maturity; king billy pine; the sweet scented leatherwood, the blossoms of which produce rich, flavoursome honey; and Tasmania’s only deciduous tree, the deciduous beech, or fagus, which colours mountain slopes with its golden foliage in April-May.