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The Tasmanian devil is another local, and it has its own
extraordinary tale to tell---not least of which is that it is currently
fighting for survival.
A facial tumour disease has decimated wild populations of
devils, particularly in the east of the state. But the north-west is
the place to spot a Tasmanian devil in the wild, according to
zoologist Rodrigo Hamede.
"All around the north-west, devil densities are quite high," he
says. "There is no particular place you are more likely to see a
devil than the other. There is a combination of circumstances that
make it more likely you'll see a wild animal. You have to go out in
the evening or just after dusk and you really want to be in a semi-
open area---not too open, as devils are a bit shy and like a bit of
cover---so stay away from rainforests as there is not a lot of
animal life in rainforests (birds; yes, mammals; no).
"In semi-open bushland where you can see a lot of wallabies,
stay quiet and stop wandering around, just be patient, and you
may see a devil wandering around. The Narwantapu National
Park is an ideal place for seeing devils. Around the Rocky Cape
National Park, south of Stanley, Circular Head, and Woolnorth
The Trowunna Wildlife Park at Mole Creek is a place where
you'll be guaranteed an encounter with a devil. There is a good
chance there'll be some infants around in the spring.
Where to taste good stuff
Ghost Rock Vineyard is about 10 minutes' drive from Devonport.
The very smart cellar door is open Wednesday to Sunday and on
public holidays (it is open daily in January and February). The
Ghost Rock tasting plates, with locally sourced smoked meats,
salmon rillette and cheeses, served with warm bread rolls and
crackers, go a treat with the wines and the views. There is live
music the second Sunday of every month.
The House of Anvers on the A1 near Latrobe is well known
as a home of fine chocolate but there is also a wonderful 50-seat
cafe that is open from 7am to 7pm. Belgian-style breakfasts and
light lunches are served along with a range of teas, coffees and
hot chocolate drinks. The smoked salmon breakfast baguette is
as fine as the chocolate. Book ahead.
www.discovertasmania.com is a comprehensive guide to Tasmania.
Bruny Island (one of Tasmania's best kept secrets) is
historically one of the most signi cant places in Australia,
being the rst landing place of European explorers during their
voyages of discovery to the 'Southern Seas'.
Bruny is a unique island with sweeping beaches, spectacular
capes, rainforests, wild owers and abundant bird life.
Access to Bruny Island is by vehicular ferry 'Mirambeena'
which departs from Kettering (approx. 35 mins travelling time
south of Hobart), 10 times per day.
The ferry can carry up to 65 passenger vehicles at any one trip
and the crossing time is approximately 15 minutes.
Care must be taken when driving at night to avoid damage
both to the wildlife and to your vehicle, so please drive slowly
Caravan Parks are located at Adventure Bay. Camping areas
are located at the Neck Beach, Cloudy Corner and Jetty Beach,
all have pit toilets. Firewood is not supplied and potted water
is limited so bring your own drinking water.
For more information about the Bruny Island ferry service:
For more information about Bruny Island:
or phone the Bruny D'Entrecasteaux Visitor Centre
on 03 6267 4494
Ferry Timetable Information 03 6273 6725
Bruny Island Ferry Company -- Operator
Tamar River Cruises
Relax with Tamar River Cruises, join us
on board the Tamar Odyssey for the
Batman Bridge Luncheon Cruise (4
hours) -- departs daily 10.00 am.
The Afternoon Discovery Cruise (2.5
hours) -- departs daily 3.00 pm.
Cataract Gorge Cruise (50 minutes) on
board the Lady Launceston -- departs daily
9.30 am, 10.30 am, 11.30 am, 12.30 pm,
1.30 pm, 2.30 pm, 3.30 pm and 4.30 pm.
Our multi award-winning cruises depart from Home Point
For bookings, Phone (03) 6334 9900
-- lines open from 7.30 am to 10.00 pm.
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