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Natural events

Tasmania is a haven for wildlife, including platypus, wallabies and the Tasmanian devil as well as ancient plants. Discover a new side of Tasmania today.

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Natural Events in Tasmania

Tasmania is a haven for wildlife, including platypus, wallabies and the Tasmanian devil, ancient plants (remnants of Gondwana), and vast and pristine landscapes where footprints can still seem something of a novelty.

Summer

Event Location Date
Orange-bellied parrot breeds Melaleuca, Southwest National Park Dec - Feb
Swift parrot breeds East coast, Bruny Island and Maria Island Sep – Mar
Leatherwood in bloom Across the state Dec - Jan
Lavender flowering North-east Tasmania, Tasman Peninsula Dec - Jan

Autumn

Event Location Date
Deciduous beech or fagus leaves change from rust red through to brilliant gold Lake Fenton – Mount Field National Park; Cradle Mountain Late April - May
Flowering of autumn bird orchid, Parson's band orchid, mosquito orchid and midge orchid Various locations across the state April - May
Short-tailed shearwaters (mutton birds) leave for Alaska Bass Strait and south east coast April - May

Winter

Event Location Date
Southern right whales and humpback whales travel north East coast especially Freycinet Peninsula Jun - Aug
Acacia trees bloom - Silver wattle is particularly spectacular Across the state according to species Late July - Aug - Sep
Male little penguins return to renovate old burrows or dig new ones North and east coast Jun - Jul

Spring

Event Location Date
Baby Tasmanian devils, Eastern quolls, spotted-tailed quolls and platypus Across the state Sep - Nov
Short-tailed shearwaters arrive from Alaska Bass Strait and south-east coast Sep - Oct
Tulips bloom Wynyard – north-west coast Sep - Oct
Southern right and humpback whales return south North and east coast especially Freycinet Peninsula Sep - Dec
Waratah flowers Mt Wellington - Hobart Nov - Dec
Little penguins breed along the coastline North and east coast Sep - Mar