Meander Falls, listed on the must-have 60 Great Walks brochure, are 22 km from Deloraine and used to be a further 2:30 walk from the car park. However, they had a major weather event and trees, debris and washaways have trashed the track to the point where it may never be opened again. I'm writing this 12 months after the event in late 2011 and that was the word at that stage so don't go there before you check with the relevant authorities. Deloraine Tourist Information Centre has its pulse on what's happening there.
We were at Coles Bay looking for an accomodation at a small shop in the area. Well she gave a few proposals but we took our time to decide to get better value. But that's not the issue as she actually gave a dirty look at my daughter (who spoke in fluent aussie english) which I interpreted as racist. I wanted to question her but my daughter stopped me and asked me to forget the encounter. I suppose once you go out in the countryside you expect this sort of behavior.
There are three kinds of snakes in Tasmania, all of them are venomous. The most common one is the Tigersnake which is the only one I've seen there.
Usually they are quite shy creatures and move out of your way and only attack when feeling endangered. So be sensible: don't try to catch one!
Tasmania is a place full of nocturnal wildlife (as is the rest of Australia). All sorts of marsupials begin to come out to look for food starting when the shadows get long and continue throughout the night. They love the areas near the roads; some like to graze on the shorter grasses that have been mewed near the roadsides. But whatever the reason, be careful and drive slowly enough to be able to react should you see little eyes looking at you, reflecting in your headlights! If you're living in the area or plan to do a lot of night-time driving, consider at least getting some of the passive deer-alerts (like they show at Gardner's Supply in the US). They work for kangaroos and other animals, too. In Australia the Wilderness Shops sell them, and there are Wilderness Shops all across the country. Please don't add to the massive roadkill statistics. (PS- sorry for the poor photo quality, but you get the point that they are hard to spot, even when right in front of you!)
Now, I don't know how you'd react when you went to the male toilet and saw the urinal occupied......................by a possum........... licking the urine up! Casual though I portend to be, I must admit the event even evicted surprise from me. I'm shaking my head still as I write!
Still, the wombat under our motorhome, the penguin seeking shelter under the minibus and the Spotted-Tailed Quoll darting around outside our motorhome are all worthy of mention, though not quite as noteworthy perhaps.
These occurences took place at Cradle Mountain (first two), Bicheno and Lake St. Clair, so there is an even spread across Tassie. Thus, if the natives decide to get friendly with you, all I can suggest is - have your camera handy, unlike me when all of the aformentioned happened.
I don't have a picture of them, I've never seen one and, quite frankly, I never want to. If you've headed south seeking to avoid the world's 10 most deadly snakes (all in Australia), a few crocs (and we all know what they can do), the box jellyfish and all the wondrous other items that live in the natural world that are not quite benign then you may be in for a surprise.
Nearly one person per week ends up having an ambulance called out to them in Hobart in response to an ant bite. Sort of like shootings in big towns in America. The aptly named Jack Jumpers have a nasty set of nippers, are extremely poisonous and, worst of all, the little devils are aggressive like you wouldn't believe.
They're black with yellowish nippers and, fortunately for tourists, most of the bites occur in people's backyards because they love freshly tilled soil.
Just remember, you have been warned not to play in the garden!
Almost all the dead animals you see by the side of the road were hit either at dusk or during the night.
They’re nocturnal, so by day, you rarely see any of them.
Don’t drive at night, or if you really must, make sure it’s only for a few kms.
It’s no wonder so many of them get hit as nowhere else in Australia have I seen the forest literally meet the sides of the roads and highways so much....when you’re driving you’re in animal territory and your visibility ahead on the winding highways at night would be as good as nothing.
I’ve never seen so many dead animals anywhere than I did in Tassie.
In my region, when you see a dead animal by the roadside, it’s usually been mostly eaten by crows or eagles or squashed so flat it’s not so recognisable as the cute furry creature it once was - however in Tassie, somehow the bodies are for the most part still intact....lying there by the roadside in the death position, legs in the air or body contorted..... even someone like me who’s quite used to seeing roadkill found it quite disturbing.
Also stop and think that all the animals you see killed, have only been there for a few hours (by the next night the Tasmanian Devils will have eaten them up and crunched their bones so nothing is left)
The winding Highways can be very very narrow, in some cases too narrow to even paint white lines on (deceptive when highways are drawn more like almost straight major highways on maps but they really aren't)
Roads in to National parks can be in quite bad condition, narrow, gravel and sometimes pot-holed, so you need to drive extra carefully.
You may also need to watch out for a wandering cow or two, or in our case, wandering chickens !
If ever there was a powerful testament about how not to handle the environment, this would be it. Contrast this denuded landscape, which you might think at first looks nice and sandy, with the picture of the nearby Gordon River in the "Getting Around" section.
What's happened here is that all the river bank has been poisoned by a copper mine further upstream (now closed) and the tailings have killed every living thing in their path.
Instead of lush growth of native species all is barren where the toxins have touched. Don't let this happen to your neighbourhood!
Tasmania’s roads are narrow and windy. In a split second, you can clip a guardrail leaving your rental car badly damaged.
The walk down from Cradle Mountain in the the twilight was worth every treacherous second once we were down . . but was a curse inducing adventure at the time.
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