Get Close to Nature
Spectacular scenery, bushwalks, gorges, waterfalls, abundant wildlife, clean fresh air and serenity awaits you.
Don’t forget to Look Up!
You might be graced with a flyby from a White-bellied Sea Eagle, and be lucky enough to see one swoop down and catch a fish out of the Tamar. Or even better a family of Sea Eagles teaching their chicks to hunt. Sit by the riverbanks and notice a large Seal silently gliding alongside the riverbanks up near the historic Auld Kirk Church, or frolicking in Whirlpool Reach. Stop to let a busy Echidna waddle across Deviot Road in the morning or afternoon sun. Discover wallabies, grey kangaroos, bettongs, padymelons, ringtail and brushtail possums, stunning blue wrens, pink & red robins, herons, kookaburras and tawny frogmouths. Explore the beautiful Tamar Valley and take one of many different scenic routes .
Seahorse, Platypus and Echidnas
All can be found in the wild in the Tamar Valley. To guarantee your encounter on this trip though you may wish to head straight to the Beauty Point Jetty….
Seahorse World & the Southern Ocean Aquarium, where you will find many varieties of Seahorses, including babies and pregnant Males. Plus Leafy Sea Dragons, Giant Crabs, Cuttlefish and other amazing marine creatures.
Platypus House, which has visible Platypus and delightful Echidnas. Both attractions are very popular with kids and adults alike.
Pademelons, Bennetts Wallabies, Bettongs, Bandicoots, Quolls, Potteroos and Forester Kangaroos
Each of these are found throughout the West Tamar, mostly seen from dusk to dawn, but they can also be seen in broad daylight, especially if in the shade or if the day is overcast. Slow down at night especially to avoid an animal collision.
Drive carefully and keep your eyes open, expect the unexpected !
Devils in the Park.
Wombats on the Beach?
Wombats on the Beach?
Narawntapu National Park, the turnoff on the Frankford Road is about a 30 minute drive West from Exeter. Wild wombats come out to feed from most late afternoons, feeding through the night and into the early morning.
Wombats can sometimes be seen along Badger Beach as they waddle onto the pristine white sand and then back into the nearby bush. Remember to be quiet, and keep a small distance between you and the wombat or it will retreat from the beach quite quickly.
Narawntapu National Park is also the release point of some of the vaccinated Tasmanian Devils, please drive slowly to help protect this endangered population.
You can also camp in the Park, which allows you to really relax and enjoy the park wildlife. Call into the Ranger’s Station at Springlawn to see an interesting display, pick your powered or unpowered camping spot and get your hot shower tokens.