Tasmania's island status makes it a refuge for many unique animal species. One of the most interesting things while travelling around Tasmania is spotting the abundant wildlife. Whether you're going hiking in the wilderness, or plan on visiting a wildlife park, keep an eye out for these Tasmanian critters.
Squat and round, the pademelon is a small marsupial related to the kangaroo. They usually live in forests and are widespread throughout Tasmania, so you have a good chance of seeing one in Tasmania's national parks. They also pop up in Hobart's suburbs now and again, so keep your eyes peeled when driving through.
Like the Tasmanian devil, quolls are carnivorous marsupials. The best place to see spotted-tail quolls is in Cradle Mt National Park, while you have a chance of spotting eastern quolls in Mt Field National Park. To see these little creatures is to go for a quiet walk after dark.
3. Tasmanian devil
This iconic animal would be terrifying if it grew any bigger. With a famous bad temper, spine-chilling screeches, black coat and fierce teeth, it's no wonder that early settlers called it a 'devil'. The world's largest carnivorous marsupial, the squat little Tasmanian devil is truly unique. With their fearsome teeth and powerful jaws, devils can chomp through skin, bone and fur – witnessing a communal feeding is an unforgettable event.
4. Tasmanian bettong
Modest in appearance, bettongs only grow up to two kilogrammes in weight and have a plain brown coat. They live only in the eastern half of Tasmania, preferring dry eucalypt forests and grassy woodlands. A shy little critter, bettongs only come out at night, so although they remain moderately common in certain areas, you have to be lucky to see one in the wild.
A great place to see these animals is at the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary. The sanctuary not only lets you get a glimpse of these and other unique species, it also helps to rescue animals, meaning you will be supporting Tasmania's wildlife when you pay the entry fee. After visiting Bonorong, it is only 20 minutes' drive to Kempton, where you can stop for a filling lunch.
Seeing all these cute and furry animals could put you in the mood for vegetarian food for the day. If that's the case, no need to worry; at Mood Food, we have a range of menu items, so you are sure to find something to your taste. Stop by and have a bite to eat on your next great Tasmanian road trip!