Name of tour: Forest and woodland birds of Hobart
Hobart is situated on a steep rainfall gradient, ranging from averages of 500 mm to 1350 mm within a distance of 25 km. This promotes the development of a wide variety of forest types, from grassy woodland to wet forests rich in ferns and mosses, and provides opportunities to see many species of birds. Your specialist Inala guide will share their local knowledge of the best places to find a diverse array of birds, including most of Tasmania’s endemic species, and show you the differing habitat requirements of some of these endemic bird species and their congeners. You will learn of the differences between green and eastern rosellas, yellow and little wattlebirds, Tasmanian and brown thornbills, and black and grey currawongs. This can be tailored to suit your personal level of physical fitness, ranging from gentle sauntering within a short distance of the car park to strenuous hikes. And if you like to add on a night tour, our guides know of good locations to see Tasmanian bettongs and eastern barred bandicoots just a few minutes drive from the Hobart CBD.
Name of tour: Tasmanian endemic birds of the Hobart area
All of Tasmania’s endemic species of birds occur within 20 minutes drive of the Hobart CBD, and our Inala guides know the best places to find them. Your Inala guide will lead you through wet forests rich in ferns and mosses in search of Tasmanian scrubwren, Tasmanian thornbill, scrubtit and black currawong, drier forests to find our endemic honeyeaters, green rosella, dusky robin and the endangered forty-spotted pardalote, and open country to find Tasmanian native hen. This can be tailored to suit your personal level of physical fitness, ranging from gentle sauntering within a short distance of the car park to strenuous hikes.
Name of tour: Mt Field National Park and the Derwent Valley
Your expert Inala guide will drive you from Hobart along the banks of Tasmania’s longest river, inland for 1.5 h to Mt Field National Park. Opportunities to stretch your legs during the drive will present themselves when we stop at a freshwater lake to search for waterfowl including freckled duck, and at a river where platypus are often seen within a few metres. While at Mt Field you can take a leisurely stroll or a strenuous hike beneath giant eucalyptus trees in wet forest in search of pink robins, black currawongs, Tasmanian thornbills, green rosellas and other Tasmanian endemic birds, and see spectacular waterfalls in the streams that flow down the sides of Mt Field. And if you would like an alpine experience, your guide can drive you to the top of Mt Field where you will experience a previously glaciated landscape rich in lakes and tarns, bizarre alpine flora, and have good chances of seeing Tasmanian thornbill, Tasmanian scrubwren, scrubtit, black currawong, yellow-throated honeyeater, and crescent honeyeater. At the end of the day, your guide will chauffeur you back to Hobart.
Name of tour: Southern Forests and Hartz Mountains National Park
In this tour you will taken on a 1.5 h drive from Hobart through the scenic Huon Valley to visit tall wet eucalypt forests and the formerly glaciated alpine landscape atop Hartz Mountain. In the wet forests, your specialist Inala guide will show you giant eucalyptus trees that tower above the rainforest understorey and lead you in search of the superb lyrebird, pink robin, and many of the Tasmanian endemic birds such as Tasmanian thornbill, Tasmanian scrubwren, scrubtit, black currawong, and green rosella. After driving you on to the top of Hartz Mountain, your guide will lead you past alpine lakes and tarns that formed in glacial cirques, show you the aptly-named cushion plants and search for birds such as black currawong and crescent honeyeater. These activities can be tailored to suit your personal level of physical fitness, ranging from a gentle stroll within a short distance of the car park to strenuous hikes. At the end of the day, your guide will chauffeur you back to Hobart.