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Exploring Tasmania on land or by boat

Remarkable natural features to explore on a boat tour or by foot

With 660 km2, Tasman Peninsula is a great holiday destination for lovers of nature, history and adventure. It is home to the World Heritage listed Port Arthur Historic Site,  the best preserved convict site in Australia, as well as the Tasman National Park, an area of natural diversity and amazing coastal scenery.

Tasman Peninsula Boat Cruise
Cruise along the rugged coastline of the Tasman Peninsula and see caves, arches and amazing rock formations that can’t be seen from land.

Here you can fully take your mind off things on one of numerous bush walks ranging from only one hour to multiple days. You will be rewarded by a variety of native plants, diverse wildlife and stunning views from the top of high sea cliffs.

Some features of the Tasman National Park can only be seen by boat. There are the most colourful caves, funky sea stacks and arches to explore. Marvel at a 130m high waterfall that rushes down the ancient cliffs. See the transition of rock types and literally drift through millions of years of evolution.

Waterfall into the ocean.

The Tasman Sea is home to an abundance of marine animals, too. So make sure you have your camera charged and are ready to capture the local residents including seals, dolphins and albatrosses or even whales on their yearly migration.

Find out more about our Coastal Adventure trips here.

The Hippolyte Rock off Pirates Bay on Tasman Peninsula.
The beautiful Hippolyte Rock in golden sunlight, a landmark East off Eaglehawk Neck.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another wallaby ready to be released

Banjo raised and successfully released

Banjo, one of our Bennett’s wallaby joeys, was brought to us by a lovely family that took her on after  been orphaned, but didn’t have enough space or the facilities to look after her.)

Raised and released wallaby joey.
Another wildlife orphan is ready to be released.
Bennett’s wallabies need milk for about 14 months before they can get weaned. Milk rations have to be reduced  slowly. To prepare the animal for it’s life in the bush, it has to be kept in a large ‘pre-release or ‘soft-release’ enclosure to minimalize stress.
It is always hard to say ‘Goodbye’ to our wildlife orphans, when they are ready to go, but it’s so rewarding as well! We released our little Banjo 3 days ago and she came back yesterday morning to show us that she’s doing well out there. 🙂
We wish you all the best Banjo and watch out for those noisy cars!!
Find out more about our conservation efforts here.

What is the weather like in Tasmania?

Tasmania’s weather conditions

In Tasmania, we have the saying: “If you don’t like the weather, just wait 5 minutes!” Yes, we can have 4 seasons in 1 day! So it’s always a good idea to be prepared and bring your sunnies as well as a warm jacket. 😉

Actually, this summer has been very warm and dry. Nice for all the tourists that came to visit our beautiful island state, but it can get quite difficult for the rural population in Tasmania as well as for animals that depend on rain water.

This week, we got the first wooly weather pattern of the year with strong winds all around Tassie. The sky opened up for us on Monday morning though to sneak in a trip to the seals with some hardcore sailors on board. 🙂 It turned out to be a beautiful morning with lots of seals in the water. We even got treated with a little feeding-frenzy  of gannets, dolphins and seals on our way back up the coast.

Pointing at dolphins next to the boat.
Dolphin watching in Tassie.
Dolphin-watching beside the boat.
Southern Tasmania’s temperate waters are home to a variety of whales and dolphins.

 

Follow this link for more details about our seal swimming tour!

The whales are coming back to Tasmania

Orcas and Southern Right whales have been sighted in Tasmania last week.

I can hardly describe how excited we have been, when we sighted the pod of orcas off Waterfall Bay last week. We’ve noticed  a lot of feeding activities the weeks before with Australian Fur Seals and Common Dolphins rounding up schools of fish. Our highlight so far was to see some Southern Bluefin Tuna appear out of the blue and swoosh past on their hunting mission. These fish can swim as fast as 70km/hour.

Two orcas sighted off Waterfall Bay in Tasmania
Two orcas sighted off Waterfall Bay in Tasmania

On this particular day, all the fishing boats have already left the area and it was thought that the fish were gone. 15 minutes before sunset a cluster of albatrosses caught our eye, followed by 2 distinct blows. We went to investigate and spotted the pod of orcas. One of these amazing hunters managed to catch a tuna and brought it up to the surface.

Orcas are extremely intelligent creatures. They hunt in groups and use a technique called ‘endurance-exhaustion method’ to catch fast swimming fish like tuna. Here in Tasmania, we are very blessed that we get to see these beautiful animals  wild and free. The identification process is still in progress. We don’t have the final confirmation yet, but it might be a new pod.

Photographing orcas in Tasmania
Helping with the identification of Killer Whales in Tasmania.

 

To top off the excitement of our orca encounter, we got told that Southern Right Whales have already been sighted off Tasman Peninsula. It seems like the whale migration season has started early this year. Looking forward to more whale sightings soon and to share our photos on the net.

Love the oceans! xx


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Best whale-watching season in Tasmania

Amazing whale-watching in 2015/16

whale calf breaching
A breach of a baby whale

This season has been the best for whale watching in Tasmania. We’ve been blessed this year and got to share with our guests a lot of amazing encounters with Humpback Whales, Southern Right Whales, Dwarf Minke Whales, Blue Whales and Orcas.

Humpback whales tail
A Humpback Whale’s tail

During the Humpback Whale migration, these beautiful animals were putting on a show for us: numerous acrobatic breaches, mothers with calves feeding together and a few very lucky customers even got to see these graceful creatures underwater on our seal swimming trips.

Whales coming close to our vessel
Whales and dolphins swimming past our boat.

Tasmania is one of the few places on Earth with untouched wilderness, unique plants and diverse wildlife. Lets protect this amazing place and look after it for future generations!


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Young Love

Two new wallaby orphans moved into our place to be raised & released

Bennett's wallaby orphan
Our new wildlife orphan Wally.

Only about a week ago, we got a new family member. This cute little guy waving at the camera is Wally, a young Bennett’s wallaby joey.

He hasn’t had to be on his own for too long. Look who moved in with him…

2 wallaby joeys
Rescued wallaby babies Rosie and Wally

Little Rose was a bit stressed and dehydrated but Wally’s company helped her recover. 🙂

Thanks to everybody who has joined or is going to come on our tour! You help us give a bit back and save the lives of orphaned wildlife. All guests of our Seal & Ocean Expedition are invited to come and meet our joeys after the tour (if the animal’s health permits).


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Whale migration

The whale season has started. Southern Right and Humpback Whales (both listed as endangered under the Tasmanian Threatened Species Protection Act 1995) are traveling northwards to warmer breeding areas and can now be sighted on our coast. Keep an eye out and report sighting to the Nature Conservation Branch 0427-942537.

Humpback Whale breaching in Tasman Sea
When breaching, Humpback Whales sometimes propel themselves nearly fully out of the water.

Blue Whale sighting

The biggest animal that has ever existed on the planet!

Blue Whale feeding in Tasmania
A Blue Whale scooping up food.

We got to spend some time with a Blue Whale on our afternoon trip yesterday. Blue Whales are the largest animals that have ever existed on the planet and one of the rarest whale species with an estimated population of less than 2% of their original numbers in the Southern Hemisphere (status: endangered).

Blow of a Blue Whale
The huge blow of a Blue Whale can be seen from a long distance away.

Blue Whales can easily be distinguished by their enormous size (up to 30 meters long) and the huge blow when they surface and exhale which can reach a height comparable to a three-story building. Their tongues alone can weigh as much as an elephant and their hearts as much as a car. Despite being so massive, Blue Whales feed on some of the smallest marine life: tiny shrimp-like animals called krill. An adult Blue Whale can consume 3,600 kg of krill a day!

The open mouth of a Blue Whale
The big mouth of a Blue Whale is nearly as big as our boat.

While sightings of the endangered Blue Whale are rather rare, it is a life-changing experience to observe these impressive giants of the ocean. The best thing about our boat tours in Southern Tasmania is, that we never know what the next day is going to offer. With such an abundance of marine life, there is always a chance of a very special experience!


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Newbie Pad

Pademelon joeyorphaned pademelonNew family member in our wildlife rehab center. Little Paddy weighs only 300 grams and was brought to us a week ago. Please drive with care and watch out for wildlife!

Orca underwater

Orca feeds on sunfishOrca feeding underwaterFree and wild. An amazing gift from the ocean today. We got to watch  Orcas feeding on a sunfish off Cape Hauy this morning, right next to our boat. An unbelievable experience!