Our Latest News

Bruny Island Quarantine Station - now open five days a week

13/10/2014

The Wildcare Inc Friends of the Bruny Island Quarantine Station and the Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) are pleased to announce the Quarantine Station will be open five days a week from 10am to 4pm over the summer months.More

Strategic fuel reduction burn for Ansons Bay

08/10/2014

The Parks and Wildlife Service is continuing its fuel reduction burning program with a planned burn of about 425 ha in the Ansons Bay area of Mt William National Park.More

New Cockle Creek bridge completed for tourist season

07/10/2014

A new bridge at Cockle Creek in the far south of Tasmania has been completed, just in time for the start of the busy spring/summer tourist season.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.