Where to see Tasmanian wildlife, free in nature and a wildlife rescue centre
At Huon Bush Retreats, you can meet orphaned wildlife that has been hand raised, then returned to nature.
Meet Slasher, the orphaned wallaby. Slasher is a very lucky boy. Firstly surviving his mother being killed by a car, then the next day almost being turned to mince meat by the roadside grass slasher. Growing up at Huon Bush Retreats, he loves meeting guests and a scratch under the chin. In spring, he will be introduced to the outside world and the resident mob, many of who came to us as orphans. This includes Ronnie from the video below.
Half and full day cruises
Protecting Tasmanian wildlife:
Seven Great Short Walks along the Huon Trail
The 60 Great Short Walks offer the best of Tasmania's walking opportunities in National Parks, Forest Reserves and other public land. Whether you want a gentle stroll or a physical challenge; a seaside ramble or a mountain vista; a long day's outing or a short wander, Great Short Walks has plenty for you. The walks are located throughout Tasmania and can generally be accessed from major roads and include a range of environments. Eight of the walks are along the Huon Trail.
7. Fluted Cape
8. Labillardiere Peninsula
9. South Cape Bay
10. Duckhole Lake
11. Lake Esperance
12. Hartz Peak
13. Tahune AirWalk
We can also post the brochure to you. Email us to request one, or you can download [PDF 15 MB] the the 60 Great Short Walks brochure here
Tasmanian Tiger, Thylacine
Is this iconic creature extinct? Read a selection of comments and opinions:
The thylacine (Thylacinus cynocephalus) is one of the most fabled animals in the world. Yet, despite its fame, it is one of the least understood of Tasmania's native animals. European settlers were puzzled by it, feared it and killed it when they could. After only a century of white settlement the animal had been pushed to the brink of extinction.
Read more on the Tasmanian Government website
In 1982 a researcher with the Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service, Hans Naarding, observed what he believed to be a thylacine for three minutes during the night at a site near Arthur River in northwestern Tasmania. In January 1995, a Parks and Wildlife officer reported observing a thylacine in the Pyengana region of northeastern Tasmania in the early hours of the morning. Later searches revealed no trace of the animal. In February 2005 Klaus Emmerichs, a German tourist, claimed to have taken digital photographs of a thylacine he saw near the Lake St Clair National Park, but the authenticity of the photographs has not been established. The photos were not published until April 2006, fourteen months after the sighting. The photographs, which showed only the back of the animal, were said by those who studied them to be inconclusive as evidence of the thylacine's continued existence.
Read more on Wikipedia
In late 2002 the researchers had some success as they were able to extract replicable DNA from the specimens. On 15 February 2005, the museum announced that it was stopping the project after tests showed the DNA retrieved from the specimens had been too badly degraded to be usable.