Hit List (mammals)

Wildlife watching is will be at the heart of our Tasmanian experience. Here is a list of the 15 mammals that we most want to see, compiled before the start of the trip.  We will update the list with details of our first siting of each species.

Below this table is a second one, which will include details of any other mammals we see.

Species

First sighting

Notes

When Where
Australian Fur Seal  4 December Iles des Phoques  Visited Iles des Phoques on the Maria Island cruise
Bennett’s Wallaby  8 November Bruny Island  Common throughout Tasmania.  Seen everywhere, including lots of roadkill.
Bennett’s Wallaby (white morph)  11 November  Bruny Island  Uncommon – you have to know where on Bruny they hang out
Common Brushtail Possum  8 November  Bruny Island  Seen on road on a night drive.  Roadkill possums seen across Tasmanian
Common Wombat  (aka The King of Cubes)  18 November Pumphouse Point (Lake St Clair) Less common than expected. 
Eastern Quoll  9 November  Bruny Island Seen on road on a night drive
Echidna  8 November  Bruny Island  Surprisingly common throughout Tasmania, easily seen by roadside when driving
Forrester Kangaroo  29 November Narawntapu NP  Can only be seen in National Parks
Humpback Whale      Our trip was a bit too late – whales had moved south for the summer
Platypus  8 November Hobart Rivulet Boulder Trap  Two platypus seen on our first full day in Tassie!  Eight seen in total (four pairs)
Southern Right Whale      Our trip was a bit too late – whales had moved south for the summer
Spotted-tail Quoll  24 November Mountain Valley Retreat Came to feeding area that had been baited for Devils
Sugar Glider      Seen in captivity at Bonorong Sanctuary
Tasmanian Devil  23 November Mountain Valley retreat Baited feeding of wild Devils
Tasmanian Pademelon  8 November Bruny Island Common throughout Tasmania.  Seen everywhere, including lots of roadkill.

And here’s a listing of the other mammals we’ve seen:

Species

First sighting

Notes

When Where
 Grey-headed Flying Fox  6 November Centennial Park, Sydney
 Dolphin  19 November Bennet Island cruise
 Bat  6 December Flinders Island – see blog!  Species unknown

 

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