- Hone your skills with expert tuition from wildlife photographer Sue Flood
- Photograph endemic species in the wild including Tasmanian devil, quoll and duck-billed platypus
- Explore the beautiful, uninhabited Maria Island, refuge to endangered wildlife
- Your local guide is one of Tasmania's top wildlife and birding experts
Tasmania is a photographer's dream with breath-taking landscapes, habituated wildlife, incredible colours and superb lighting. It is home to many unique and endangered mammals many of which are marsupials. It is also home to two species of monotreme – the duck-billed platypus and the short-beaked echidna. This egg-laying group of mammals were once widespread but are now only found in Australia and New Guinea. As well as mammals, Tasmania is also home to a wealth of birdlife including twelve species found nowhere else in the world.
After a night in Hobart, the first part of this trip will be spent exploring Bruny Island, one of Tasmania’s many shore islands which has its own eco system. All 12 endemic bird species can be easily spotted as well as abundant mammals including the world’s only wild white wallabies. The coastal landscape is stunning with the next stop south being Antarctica, making it feel like the edge of the world. The group will explore the island by boat as well as having access to 1,500 acres of private land at Inala Private Reserve, home to wildlife conservation for nesting forty-spotted pardalotes and wedge-tailed eagles. Viewing hides and platforms are dotted throughout the reserve.
Heading inland to the mountains, rivers, lakes and waterfalls of Mount Field and Cradle Mountain National Park, time will be spent exploring on foot both during the day and at night, in search of some of Tasmania’s most iconic residents.
Located in the far north is Narawntapu National Park, often referred to as the ‘Serengeti of Tasmania due to the abundance of bird and wildlife. Spend two nights exploring the scenery and wildlife of this region before heading southeast to the stunning sandy white beaches of Freycinet National Park. Here, experience a night excursion to see Tasmanian devils.
Lastly, spend a day walking and searching for resident wildlife on the sublimely beautiful Maria Island. Uninhabited other than a park ranger with no permanent accommodation for visitors, the island is a Noah’s Ark for endangered birds and mammals, many of which are easily seen during the day. It is also home to a rich Aboriginal heritage and a World Heritage site that predates Port Arthur.
Why should I join this group tour to Tasmania?
The wildlife of Australia and in particular Tasmania is unique, and with few predators, some of the wildlife here has been saved, literally from the brink of extinction. Combined with the wonderful wildlife is some spectacular scenery, ranging from soaring mountains to rugged coastlines and stretches of white sandy beach. Plus, the people of Tasmania are incredibly charming. Wildlife guides here are some of the best in the world and your guide, Nick Mooney is one of Australia’s top wildlife and birding experts with a particular specialism in the Tasmanian devil. Add to this the company of Sue Flood plus the perfect opportunity to extend your stay down under to visit family or friends or just further explore the country.
Sir David Attenborough has recently narrated a documentary about Tasmania after its producer flew to the UK to request his involvement in person. Viewable on YouTube, David Attenborough's Tasmania gives a fascinating insight into the magical scenery and weird and wonderful wildlife that inhabit this island state.
Do I have to be an experienced photographer to join this tour?
Whether you have a simple point and shoot camera or a sophisticated SLR, Sue Flood will be on hand to give you tips on how to improve your photography skills. Therefore, you don’t need to be an experienced photographer to join. The maximum group size of just ten people will allow Sue time to spend time with you at the different locations to help you get the perfect shot and develop your wildlife photography skills.
There will be some scope for nocturnal photography and in certain places, there are restrictions of red-coloured low-intensity light to ensure the wellbeing of the wildlife.
What wildlife will I see on this group tour to Tasmania?
Marsupials including wombat, quoll, wallaby, kangaroo, possum, bandicoots, long-nosed potoroo and Tasmanian devil. It may also be possible to see the near albino forms of Bennett’s wallaby and brush-tailed possum. The two species of monotreme, the echidna and duck-billed platypus can be found throughout although the latter are more prevalent in the north.
Birdlife is rich and varied including a range of species from raptors, including goshawk, falcon and eagles to seabirds such as albatross, shearwater and penguin. Some of the rarer species include the wedge-tailed eagle, Australia’s largest bird of prey and the forty-spotted pardalote, one of Australia’s smallest and most endangered birds.
Around Bruny Island there will also be the chance to see fur seals, dolphin and if lucky even whales.
What happens on a typical day?
Most days will be active, spent in search of wildlife, with plenty of time to photograph wildlife. Early morning and late afternoon light is perfect for photography so there will be some early starts in order to try and get the best sightings and shots. Night excursions will also be a common theme as many of the endemic species are nocturnal. There will be some short day and night walks plus a few overland journeys, with the longest taking around five hours. Regular rest stops will be made to stretch legs and take photographs.
What is the accommodation like in Tasmania?
Accommodation included in this tour is varied and ranges from a turn of the century wool storage and treatment facility to an 1878 homestead in a coastal setting, a modern hotel in the mountains and motel style accommodation in a pretty fishing town. Overall accommodation is comfortable and well located for activities during the day.
How fit do I need to be?
Moderate levels of fitness should be fine with no rough terrain or long strenuous hiking involved.
What is the food like in Tasmania?
Tasmania is known for its quality fresh produce and small-scale artisan producers. Local homegrown and often organic delicacies include farmed salmon, honey, truffles, cheeses and beef. During your tour, breakfast will be continental with cereal, fruit, yoghurt and tea/coffee. Lunch will generally consist of a packed lunch eaten in the field. Dinner will consist of two courses with several options for main and a choice of either a starter or dessert. Drinks (soft and alcoholic) are generally not included but at lunch and breakfast fruit juice and water will be made available.
Is November the best time to travel to Tasmania?
November is spring in Tasmania and a lovely time to explore both in terms of temperature and wildlife activity. The weather can be variable, and you will be visiting a range of areas from the coast to mountains up to a height of around 1,300 metres. Layers are the best clothing including a raincoat and a jumper or fleece for altitude and night touring.
For a detailed itinerary or to book your place on this tour, please contact us.