Guided Wildlife & Photography Tours
Tony - Wildlife Guide
Tony’s exceptional wild life knowledge and tracking ability all but ensure educational encounters with our elusive living subjects.
Paul - Pro Photographer
There to assist you with quality creative and technical advice enabling you to achieve your nature photography goals.
Tasmanian Wildlife Tours
Specialising in Wild Platypus & Tasmanian Devil Experiences
The intrepid duo
Tour on the wild side with the intrepid duo,
Wildlife Expert and Platypus Whisperer Tony Conlan and Paul Redding veteran photographer.
Together they offer a unique experience getting you up close and personal with some of Australia’s untamed and exotic creatures, rare and distinctive to our island state of Tasmania.
Tony is a fifth generation Tasmanian with exceptional wild life knowledge and tracking ability. He delivers educational encounters with our elusive living subjects. His communication skills and good humour are a delight. His wealth of experience and outlook on life are enlightening and quite entertaining.
Tony is a true conservationist with a dedicated vision to help our planet through balance and habitat restoration.
Paul’s extensive experience spans most facets of photographic genre. A passionate perfectionist who blew in from the mainland in 2007, he is a nature lover and career photographer of almost 40 years. With as much or little help as your photographic experience desires, he is there to guide and assist you with quality creative and technical advice enabling you to achieve your nature photography goals.
His aim is to bestow technical gems and creative guidance to improve your photographic outcomes.
Making a difference
We actively create and improve wildlife habitat. This incorporates the removal of invasive weeds such as Gorse, Blackberry and Spanish Heath.
Our minimal ground disturbance methods and vegetation replanting enables a healthy recovery of native species. We do not use of chemical sprays.
We offer the opportunity for our clients and community to engage in these activities.
What we do
- Informative guided wildlife tours and photography mentoring.
- Wildlife and Photography Workshops.
- Over night wildlife viewing experiences from our comfortable purpose built hides.
- Habitat restoration consultancy and project management.
Due to the nature of our Tasmanian Wildlife Tours and Photography Workshops it is best to contact us regarding tour availabilty for the particular date that you have in mind. We understand that your availability to attend any of our wildlife tours or experiences may be different to that which is posted on our website. Please feel free to contact us. We endeavour to be flexible with out wildlife tour bookings to make your Tasmanian Wildlife Experience stress free and enjoyable.
- Our Spot Light tours and Platypus Walk are available most days when requested.
- Day and Multi day tours are as advertised on our website.
- Wildlife specific Photography work shops are as advertised.
- Customised Wildlife Tours are available on request.
Wildlife Tasmania is a nature conservation focused company. We are passionate about wildlife education and presenting an enlightening visual experience for our clients. Our aim is to facilitate understanding and reconnection with our wild environment through our Tasmanian Wildlife Tours.
Our Tasmanian Wildlife Tours are unscripted, informative and guaranteed to locate platypus. This is due to years of field experience and knowledge gained from observing natural wildlife behaviour.
We offer a Platypus sighting guarantee and will refund your tour price or invite you to come along to discover platypus at a different time. The choice is yours.
We offer Hotel pick up and return where applicable.
Where do we do it
Mostly in Southern Tasmania, but do have seasonal wildlife tour experiences across the state of Tasmania.
How to book
Wildlife Guided tours and Photography Workshops – Online booking through our website.
Platypus Walk –Online booking through our website, Over the counter at the Geeveston Visitors Centre.
Wild Devil Experience is Currently Unavailable
As well as Guided Tasmanian Wildlife Tours we offer you an opportunity to spend time in the wild alone with the Devils.
Stay overnight and observe natural, wild Tasmanian devils from the comfort of our purpose built deluxe devil hide close to Hobart.
Also enjoy viewing the other nocturnal visitors such as Eastern Quolls, Brush Tail Possums, Pademelon and Bennett’s Wallabies, Endangered Eastern Barred Bandicoots and the occasional Tasmanian Bettong.
About the Hide
- This rustic hide features a large viewing window with one way glass.
- It offers the opportunity to closely view wildlife displaying natural behaviours.
- The facility includes a chemical toilet.
- Basic lighting to observe the wildlife throughout the night.
- We recommend that you bring your own sleeping bag. However we can supply sleeping bags with an internal liner as an optional extra.
- There are two fold out beds in the hide for those who need to rest.
- There are two seats.
- Location: 30 minutes from Hobart.
- Although four people can comfortably occupy our Devil Hides, a we have maximum number of three people per stay due to Tasmanian COVID 19 regulations May 2021.
Getting to the hide
Our driver will collect from your accommodation to arrive at the hide around one hour before sunset and return early the next morning for the return journey.
If self driving, we have parking facilities available at Franklin in the Huon Valley.
- The price for overnight stay in the Devil Hide starts from $150 / person. (Minimum of two people)
Unique Wild Tasmanian Devil Experience
From $150 / person
Platypus Walk & Talk
Strange looking mammals with a bill like a duck and webbed feet. The females lay eggs and the males have poisonous spurs, but the unique characteristics of the platypus don’t stop there.
Challenges to the survival of platypus include climate change, increased urbanisation and habitat degradation.
Platypus are declining in numbers. Scientists are lobbying government to list the platypus as vulnerable to extinction in an effort to encourage additional protection for the species.
They are quite plentiful in our beautiful state of Tasmania. Geeveston ‘Platypus Capital of the World’ has at least eight individuals in the Kermandie River, close to town and accessible for viewing.
Catching a glimpse of these tricky little things can be difficult. However, having knowledge of their habitat, territory and behaviour patterns certainly helps when trying to locate the elusive platypus.
This is where we can help. Our ‘Platypus Walk and Talk’ will not only get you close to the action, but will give you a fresh perspective and appreciation for these amazing creatures.
We can also help you with techniques to capture great platypus photographs.
Where and when to meet
Our guides will meet you at the Geeveston Vistor Centre – 15 Church Street Geeveston TAS. There is ample free parking available and toilet facilities next to the centre. There is also an electric vehicle charging station in the car park.
The start time of your guided walk will be confirmed when booking.
What to bring
- Dress for the weather. It may be cool or damp.
- Best to wear earthy colours.
- Cover up for insects.
- Wear enclosed shoes.
- Camera gear -Please feel free to discuss what outcome you would like to achieve for our recommendations.
- Binoculars. Not essential but they are pretty handy in some situations.
We observe the behaviour of our local platypus on a daily basis and are confident that we can find platypus for your viewing pleasure and deliver a relaxed and informative experience. Our success rate is almost 100%. In the event that we are unable to locate platypus during you ninety minute tour, you will be offered a refund or an opportunity to attend another guided walk session.
In the event that recognised conditions will prevent the platypus from appearing, we may need to postpone the tour on occasions.
We also guarantee that our Tasmanian Wildlife Tours are a unique experience.