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New lease of life for original lighthouse vents

15/05/2018

As part of the ongoing conservation of the Cape Bruny and Maatsuyker Island lighthouses, a team effort has been underway to restore the original bronze vents from the lighthouses' lantern rooms.More

Record visitor numbers at Highfield Historic Site

09/05/2018

Visitation numbers at Highfield Historic Site in Stanley have reached a record high, with 12,535 people visiting in the 12 months ending March 2018.More

Cradle Mountain shuttle bus tender awarded

08/05/2018

A new bus fleet featuring environmentally friendly technology and vehicles with improved accessibility and increased capacity will help to meet increasing visitor numbers following the awarding of the tender to McDermott Coaches.More

Enchanted Walk

30. Enchanted Walk

time 20 minute circuit (1.1km circuit)
access Road C132. 1 hour from Sheffield; 1.25 hours from Devonport. See map
fees Park entry fees apply.
facilities Picnic and toilet facilities nearby
grade Level 2.
what to take Group A items are required
cautions Supervise children, flowing water, severe weather conditions all year round, weather may change quickly, tracks are difficult to navigate when covered in snow
prohibited No pets, firearms or bicycles

A walk to suit all age groups. For company there’s a cascading river, wombat burrows and magical old-growth rainforest. The walk is located in Cradle Mountain - Lake St Clair National Park

Highlights

The walk will take you through buttongrass moorland before entering cool temperate rainforest along the edges of Pencil Pine Creek. Along the track are three interpretive tunnels that kids and kids at heart will find fun to crawl through!

Wombat Burrows  (41º 35' 45" S   145º 55' 34" E)
Along the western bank of the Pencil Pine Creek you will come across several wombat burrows just on the edge of the track. Wombats do occur in the area, although you are more likely to see them around dusk and dawn. The species occurring in Tasmania, the common wombat, is one of three species found in Australia.

The wombat is the largest burrowing mammal. Wombats often dig their burrows in the areas above creeks and gullies. Burrows can be up to 20 m long and more than 2 m below the ground.

The wombats powerful legs and long, strong claws are used in the excavation of burrows. Wombats are unique among marsupials in having constantly growing upper and lower incisors (front teeth), like a beaver. This allows the wombat to cut through obstructions while burrowing. Being marsupials, female wombats have a pouch that in their case opens backward to prevent dirt and debris entering while burrowing!