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birding in Tasmania

Forests still cover almost half of the island state of Tasmania, and the mix of heathlands, dry and wet eucalypt forests, and buttongrass moorlands provide diverse habitats for a range of species, including 12 endemic species.

The sought-after but elusive Forty-spotted Pardelote is found in the southeast of Tasmania, and throughout Tasmania are Green Rosella, Dusky Robin, Scrubtit, Brown and Tasmanian Thornbills, Black Currawong and Black-headed, Yellow-throated and Strong-billed Honeyeaters. The endangered Orange-bellied Parrot is found in the southwest, but is difficult to find. Little Penguin, and well as visitors such as Rockhopper, King, Macaroni and Gentoo Penguins.

Full Day Tour to Bruny Island – from Hobart


The day tour provides a broad overview of Bruny Island with the chance to visit a number of different locations and habitats.
The tour will begin with a walk with one of our expert birding guides around the Inala Private Reserve, a 500 acre (205 ha) Land for Wildlife property which is home to a variety of threatened species and all 12 Tasmanian endemic birds. View at close range the Endangered Tasmanian
endemic Forty-spotted Pardalote from the purpose-built canopy platform within one of its largest known colonies, raptors such as the Tasmanian subspecies of the Wedge-tailed Eagle and the white morph of the Grey Goshawk from the raptor hide, and the uncommon white morph of the Red- necked Wallaby. Learn about the conservation efforts to protect these species and their habitats.
This tour also includes a guided visit to historic and scenically beautiful Adventure Bay to see beautiful beaches, and cool temperate rainforests containing some Gondwanan and Tasmanian endemic flora. Have lunch by the beach, and stroll along the shore in search of Hooded Plovers,
White-bellied Sea-eagles, and Kelp and Pacific Gulls and, if you are lucky, Humpback Whales, dolphins, Shy Albatross, and rafts of thousands of Short-tailed Shearwaters. Then visit the site of collection of the first botanical specimens of the genus Eucalyptus and learn about the ecology of wet eucalypt forest and the relationship between eucalypts and cool temperate rainforest, and stroll along a streamside reserve lined with giant tree-ferns while searching for the elusive Tasmanian endemic small-brown-birds: Scrubtit, Tasmanian Scrubwren and Tasmanian Thornbill, as well as the striking Pink Robin.
There is also the option of your guide driving you to Cape Bruny, which offers spectacular views of the rugged coastline and Southern Ocean (next stop Antarctica!), and the chance of seeing the Tawny-crowned Honeyeater.

Private tour – departs any day, subject to availability of birding guide.
Tour Code: BH1B1
To add this tour to your itinerary enquiry, please include the tour code.To

Book or Enquire: Email (Please include Tour Code)

 

Forty-spotted Pardalote, an endangered bird that is only found in Tasmania

Important Information

Inclusions: Lunch.
Note: You can reach Bruny Island from Hobart by rental car, or we can arrange private car transfers;
travel time is approx. 2 hours each way with a 15-minute ferry crossing at Kettering (pay direct).
Enquire about a longer stay!

Superb Fairy-wren
Yellow-throated Honeyeater
Hooded Plover

2 Day / 1 Night Bruny Island Tour – from Hobart

Day 1. The tour will begin with a walk with one of our expert birding guides around the Inala Private Reserve, a 500 acre (205 ha) Land for Wildlife property which is home to a variety of threatened species and all 12 Tasmanian endemic birds. View at close range the Endangered Tasmanian
endemic Forty-spotted Pardalote from the purpose-built canopy platform within one of its largest known colonies, raptors such as the Tasmanian subspecies of the Wedge-tailed Eagle and the white morph of the Grey Goshawk from the raptor hide, and the uncommon white morph of the Red-
necked Wallaby. Learn about the conservation efforts to protect these species and their habitats.
This tour also includes a guided visit to historic and scenically beautiful Adventure Bay to see beautiful beaches, and cool temperate rainforests containing some Gondwanan and Tasmanian endemic flora. Have lunch by the beach, and stroll along the shore in search of Hooded Plovers, White-bellied Sea-eagles, and Kelp and Pacific Gulls and, if you are lucky, Humpback Whales,
dolphins, Shy Albatross, and rafts of thousands of Short-tailed Shearwaters. Then visit the site of collection of the first botanical specimens of the genus Eucalyptus and learn about the ecology of wet eucalypt forest and the relationship between eucalypts and cool temperate rainforest, and stroll
along a streamside reserve lined with giant tree-ferns while searching for the elusive Tasmanian endemic small-brown-birds: Scrubtit, Tasmanian Scrubwren and Tasmanian Thornbill, as well as the striking Pink Robin.
There is also the option of your guide driving you to Cape Bruny, which offers spectacular views of the rugged coastline and Southern Ocean (next stop Antarctica!), and the chance of seeing the Tawny-crowned Honeyeater.

Day 2. Generous breakfast provisions comprised of fresh local produce will be placed in your cottage for you to prepare at your convenience this morning.

Leave Inala after breakfast and travel to Adventure Bay to depart at 11.00 am on an award-winning 3-hour eco-adventure cruise from which you will see stunning natural cliff formations, amongst the tallest in the world. There is a possibility of seeing seabirds such as Shy Albatrosses, and possibly White-faced and Great-winged Petrels, Fluttering and Short-tailed Shearwaters and Australasian Gannets, amongst other pelagic species. Being so far south, this is one of the best places anywhere in Australia to search for seabirds, and we may also encounter dolphins, seals, and perhaps even a whale.

Following the cruise, you will be transferred by coach and ferry back to Hobart.


Tour Cost:
Private tour – departs any day, subject to availability of birding guide.
Tour Code: BH1B2
To add this tour to your itinerary enquiry, please include the tour code.

To Book or Enquire: Email (Please include Tour Code)

Important Information

Inclusions: Inclusions: 1x Lunch, Dinner & Breakfast, 1 night cottage-style accommodation with private facilities.
Note: You can reach Bruny Island from Hobart by rental car, or we can arrange private car transfers; travel time is approx. 2 hours each way with a 15-minute ferry crossing at Kettering (pay direct).
Enquire about a longer stay!

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