38. Springlawn Nature Walk
||1-1.5 hours return (700m one way)
||It is half an hour from Devonport (ferry terminal). Take the
Frankford Highway (B71) to the junction of Bakers Beach Rd
(C740) and follow to the Narawntapu National Park. The last
2km of road is unsealed but suitable for all vehicles. See map
||Park entry fees apply. Passes may be purchased from the
Narawntapu National Park Visitor Centre during business hours.
Self registration is also available outside business hours
||Toilets and electric barbecues are available near the start of
the walk. Powered and non-powered camping grounds are
also located in the National Park.
||Group A items
||No pets, firearms or bicycles
The walk starts at the Narawntapu National Park Visitors Centre and meanders through a paper bark swamp forest
along a raised timber boardwalk. A bird hide along the track provides an opportunity for a rest and a look out.
When not dry, the lagoon is home to a diverse range of water birds with Springlawn often teeming with native
wildlife. When it is dry, be sure to look out for birds of prey.
Springlawn is a fantastic place to view native wildlife. Here, common wombats, Bennetts wallaby and Tasmanian pademelon
reach some of Tasmania 's highest densities.
Before European settlement, the Forester kangaroo occurred
in the general vicinity of the Park but disappeared during the 19th
century. They were re-introduced to the Park in 1975 in an effort to
re-establish them close to their former range and ensure conservation
of the species.
The Springlawn area also has a rich concentration of birds. Here you
may see a variety of robins, wrens and fantails. You may also hear the
sharp call of golden whistlers. Around the lagoon over seven different
species of ducks as well as herons, swans, cormorants, coots, bitterns,
grebes and many other water-birds have been observed. A bird hide in
the melaleuca swamp at the lagoon offers an ideal spot for birdwatching and
photography. For closer viewing of birds, binoculars are recommended.