We’ve taken a survey and it’s conclusive* – there’s no better animal in the world than the good old Australian wombat. Don’t believe us? It’s ok, you just need to see one of these adorable stumpy little creatures in real life and you’ll soon be a believer. To help sway you, we’ve pulled together the four best places to see wombats in Tasmania. So grab your friends and get going to see these amazing creatures in real life.
1. Ronny Creek at Cradle Mountain
If you’re up on Cradle Mountain, then Ronny Creek is the place to go if you want to spot a wombat or ten. A wooden walkway takes you through grassy fields and next to streams, where you’ll have a chance to view these amazing creatures. Wombats graze on the side of the wooden pathway and at times wander on the boardwalk itself. There’s a carpark at the start of the track, so you can keep going back day after day to get your wombat fix.
Stay: For a luxe trip away to Cradle Mountain, you really can’t go past the King Billy Suite at Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge. Relax in your private outdoor hot tub surrounded by nature, before retreating back into your spacious suite with a double sided fireplace and king sized bed.
2. Maria Island
This island off the east coast of Tasmania is a hotspot for these cute little critters. In fact, there are so many wombats scattered around this picturesque national park that they’re practically a tripping hazard! Wombats are known to wander out and greet the ferry as it pulls into shore, but for a guaranteed chance of spotting these guys then you’ll want to head to the island’s grazing fields. Once you’ve finished snapping a pic with your new furry friend, you can explore Maria Island’s white sandy beaches and striking landscape.
Stay: Maria Island has limited accomodation options – you can either camp or stay in the old, converted penitentiary. If you’re looking for something else, then you’ll either want to stay at nearby Triabunna or you could travel back to Hobart for the night.
3. Mount William National Park
In the far north east of Tasmania is this stunningly delightful national park that’s home to a large number of wombats. Keep your eyes peeled as you explore the wilderness for some of these stubby marsupials. While you’re there, be sure to give yourself time to relax on the park’s white sandy beaches with the crystal clear water lapping at your feet.
Stay: There’s loads of great accomodation options around Mount William National Park and the Bay of Fires.
4. Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
If you want a guaranteed chance of seeing a wombat, then you really can’t go past the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary on the outskirts of Hobart. This ethical outfit is Tasmania’s largest round-the-clock wildlife rescue service which aims to get all their animals back into the wild. When you visit you’ll not only see wombats, but will catch wallabies, Tassie devils, echidnas and eastern quolls.
Stay: If you’re looking to indulge yourself while you’re in Hobart, then you’re going to either want to stay at Mona Pavilions at the Mona museum or MACq 01 Hotel by the city harbour.
What to bring to help you spot wombats in Tasmania
If you really want to take this wombat gazing seriously, then throw on a camouflage outfit to blend into the background and pop on a decent pair of walking shoes. Most importantly, bring your camera for those all important pics!
* A straw poll of the office counts as a full blown survey right..?