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Celebrating 100 years of national parks

26/08/2016

All Tasmanians are invited to celebrate the centenary of two of our most loved national parks, Freycinet and Mount Field, with a major festival at Freycinet and events at other parks, during the centenary weekend of 27-29 August.More

Repairing the infrastructure of Tasmania's parks

19/08/2016

The flood and storm events in June and July of this year had a significant impact on Tasmania's iconic national parks and reserves, and the current damage bill is expected to exceed $6.4 million.More

Festival of Bright Ideas

05/08/2016

As part of the celebration of the centenary of Tasmania's national parks, and in conjunction with National Science Week, a four day community event showcasing science, culture, food, tourism, music, innovation and health is being held on the West Coast.More

Park Ideas - Tamar Island Wetlands Centre

Get close to the mudflats, lagoons and islands of this magnificent wetlands area close to Launceston

For enquiries please find all Tamar Island contacts on the Office locations and contacts page. 

Lots of information for school and other groups who plan to visit the wetlands can be found at the Tamar Island Wetlands Centre webpage.

Guided activities 

The volunteer visitor guides may offer talks and activities on the following:

• raptors and birds in general 
• caring for native wildlife
• wetland biodiversity 
• macro-invertebrate identification. 

To book a talk, please call the Interpretation Centre at least a week before your visit.

 

Things you can do

Walk 

Stroll to Tamar Island along an easy access boardwalk. Walk 0.5 km out to see the lagoon life platform or 1.5 km out to the historic island. 

Visit the Interpretation Centre and learn about the cultural and natural history of the site. 

Look out for and try to identify the wrecks sunk last century. 

Take a picnic or have a barbecue on the island. 

Look for birds hiding in the reeds, wading in the lagoons or perching on the bridges. 

Sit quietly in the bird hide and watch the birds in the wetlands.  

Things you might be really lucky to see and hear

Tamar Wetlands is home to many permanent and visiting animals. Some are rare and endangered whilst others are very shy and elusive. If you are lucky, you might see some of these special residents including: a green and gold frog; a white-bellied sea eagle; a platypus; or birds that migrate between Tasmania and China and Japan, like the crested term and the curlew sandpiper. To help you identify the many sounds of the wetlands, the Interpretation Centre has tapes and CDs which you can listen to, or reference books to read before you go on your walk.