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Wednesday, 26 Mar 2014

GSA gets wildlife education and buzz on honey bees in Northern Tasmania

Wombat patting at Trowunna Wildlife Park.
Wombat patting at Trowunna
Wildlife Park.

Agnes and Nick visited the Trowunna Wildlife Park on Tuesday and joined visitors in a unique and unforgettable wildlife experience. Trowunna has become such an animal friendly place that much of the wildlife is drawn to the sanctuary as a natural safe haven.

Trowunna Wildlife Park is privately owned and an accredited tourism business of Australia. Open seven days, Trowunna is renowned for its interactive approach to wildlife education.

Trowunna started caring for native animals in 1979, and continues to house the world's biggest heritage population of endangered Tasmanian Devils. Visitors can see Tasmanian Devils being hand fed, pat baby wombats, while experiencing an informative and personalised guided tour. There are also echidnas, eagles, kangaroos, snakes, waterfowl and quolls.

Tassie Devils at Trowunna Wildlife Park
Tassie Devils at Trowunna Wildlife Park

"Trowunna Wildlife park has over 60 devils", Agnes said. "They are the biggest contributors to the Tasmanian Devil conservation program". "The Devil Education and Research Visitor Centre at Trowunna aims to highlight the unique carnivorous mammals that live in Tasmania", she said.

Trowunna consists of several micro-habitats perfectly suited to unique native fauna, enabling the park to provide a sanctuary for a wide range of Tasmanian native wildlife.

Trowunna is an integral part of the larger picture of wildlife in Tasmania. Centrally set amongst varying environments, Trowunna provides an oasis to transient and migratory wildlife looking to travel through what are, sometimes hostile environments.

Trowunna's location is a crossroad where animals from alpine, forested, and coastal regions can meet and traverse across safely.

The park is situated on 65 acres of natural vegetation including giant eucalypts, acacias with kangaroos, pademelons, wallabies, potoroos and wombats roaming around the park at their leisure.

Bird species that visitors can view include Goshawk, Falcon, Honey Eaters, Wrens and Rosella to name a few and all nest within the parks forest. Other wildlife consists of quolls, bandicoot and bats mainly seen at night.

Kids love patting the Tassie Devil at Trowunna Wildlife Park
Kids love patting the Tassie Devil at Trowunna Wildlife Park

Trowunna is committed to caring for injured and orphaned wildlife.

The park becomes a release site for many of these animals through a process called 'soft release'. Releasing straight into the wild, known as 'hard release', often does not work because the animal has lost some of its wild instinct.

Soft release is where the animal is cared for at the park and after a while, let roam freely around while its progress is monitored. Release into the wild after this process is much more successful.

The park includes a kiosk, gift shop, childrens playground, barbecue and picnic areas.

Agnes and Nick also cruised their Tassie Motor Shacks campervan to Chudleigh Honey Farm shop while on route from Deloraine to Mole Creek in Northern Tasmania. Chudleigh is 15 km west of Deloraine, along the B12 which connects Deloraine with Mole Creek and Cradle Mountain.

"This unique attraction has a huge range of honey products, including a variety of honey flavours, (including chocolate) nougat and honey ice cream", Agnes said.

"Of course bees wax furniture polish is another Chudleigh Honey Farm product. There are also bee toys and gifts and clothing", Agnes said. There are many varieties of honey available and they include Manuka Honey which is popular due to its potential healing and health benefits.

Chudleigh Honey Farm browsing so much to see!
Chudleigh Honey Farm browsing so much to see!

The range available in the quirky Honey Farm shop includes:


honey skin care products (lip balms, hand creams, foot creams, face creams).

hair care.

baby care.

men’s products.

health care products including bee pollen, royal jelly and propolis.

Agnes says check The Honey Farm opening hours before you call, they are seasonal and they vary during the year.

The shop is closed on Saturday.

Tasmanian is unique among Australia's states and territories for road touring because it has so much to see which can be reached in an easy drive.

Agnes and Nick and their Tassie Motor Shacks campervan  are already back in Southern Tassie as they cruised  to Richmond on track for convict heritage hub Port Arthur.

"We stayed at the Richmond Caravan Park again last night (Tuesday), after stopping at the Ross Bakery for lunch", Agnes said.

For more information
contact: Garth Morrison
Editor Go See Australia and Go See New Zealand Directory
Chudleigh Honey Farm Entrance
Chudleigh Honey Farm Entrance
Wallabies feeding at Trowunna Wildlife Park
Wallabies feeding at Trowunna Wildlife Park

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