Quoll Patrol & Platypus – Australian Wildlife Tour
Spectacular Tasmanian wildlife and platypus viewing with campfire dining
The Experience – Private Charter Tour – 1 day / 2 nights
View a platypus in it’s natural habitat followed by our Quoll Patrol wildlife tour which is Internationally reviewed as one of Australia’s best nature experiences. We start the day with a hunt for the fascinating and elusive platypus before moving on to discover the wilderness, wildlife and tastes of Tasmania on this afternoon/evening tour. Enjoy the ambience of superb campfire dinner followed by sensational wildlife viewing which focuses on the antics of the eastern quoll in its natural habitat. Dine with the forester kangaroos, see brush-tail possums, eastern quolls and Tasmanian pademelons while wombats and Bennett’s wallaby graze close by. We combine this day experience with 2 nights bed and breakfast in Scottsdale.
From 1st April 2023 to 31st March 2024 – on demand pending availability
From 1st April 2024 – only available from April to September as Pepper Bush works towards 2 day / 2 night tours for the long daylight savings months of October to March
Day 1 – Pre-Tour Bed & Breakfast
Self-drive to Scottsdale for your pre tour-day bed and breakfast. Dinner will be at your own arrangements at a local eatery. See our Partners Page for Scottsdale bed and breakfast options which we can include in this package.
Day 2 – Tour Day
9.00 am – Depart your accommodation after breakfast to hunt the fascinating platypus. We search the local ponds and waterways on the outskirts of Scottsdale to view these amazing creatures. Explore Scottsdale and lunch will be at your own arrangements at a local eatery.
Your Pepper Bush guide will meet you at your accommodation. We travel a short distance to view the duck-billed platypus character in its natural habitat in one of the local waterways. The platypus is one of the world’s most unique animals. Along with it’s duck-bill the platypus features a broad, flattened tail, and thick, waterproof fur for warmth and webbed feet. This unusual make-up is always a favourite with wildlife viewers and photographers. On leaving the platypus, we continue our journey to the northeast highlands and Ben Lomond.
Ben Lomond National Park – Departing Launceston or Scottsdale, we travel diverse landscapes before arriving at the base of Ben Lomond. In making the climb we drive up Jacobs Ladder, a series of hairpin bends to marvel at the breath-taking view from the platform at the top. The Ben Lomond plateau has 8 of the 20 highest peaks in Tasmania and it has the highest drivable point in Tasmania where Bennett’s wallaby and wombats may be seen in daylight hours. This spectacular plateau is the largest alpine plateau in Tasmania and is a mountain environment with extensive and dramatic dolerite cliffs and columns. Its scree slopes, swirling mists and frost-stunted forests are reminiscent of a Tolkien landscape.
Campfire Dinner with the Kangaroos
With the forester kangaroos as your dinner companions, enjoy the ambience of early campfire dining. Dinner is a 3-courses starting with a Tasmanian tasting platter of cheeses and smoked meats. Followed by Bush Pattie Yummo Gumbo or Native Spice Salmon/Salad with dessert to finish. Settle back and relax and watch the sun set and see our field of dreams come alive.
Nocturnal Wildlife Viewing
Tasmanian wildlife viewing at its best. You will be delighted and enchanted while sitting by the campfire as the wildlife appear at dusk. See Forester kangaroos, eastern quolls, Tasmanian pademelon wallabies and brush-tail possums feed near the campfire while Bennett’s wallabies & wombats graze close by. At times, platypus, tawny frogmouths, bandicoots and owls can also be viewed. Outstanding wildlife photography opportunities on offer. Return to Scottsdale or Launceston between 7.30 and 8.00 pm
Day 3 – Post Tour Departure
After breakfast, self-drive departure after breakfast or prior to 10.00 am
Product Reviewed June 2023Download Brochure