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Tamar Island from Riverside
Tamar Island
Tamar Valley Region
Path to the Tamar Island
Tamar Island
Tamar Valley Region
3 metre high elephant grass
Tamar Island
Tamar Valley Region
Ducks of the Tamar Island
Tamar Island
Tamar Valley Region
Native hen on the lawn
Tamar Island
Tamar Valley Region
Swan & her cygnets
Tamar Island
Tamar Valley Region
Mud pools at low tide
Tamar Island
Tamar Valley Region
Tamar Island at low tide
Tamar Island
Tamar Valley Region
Rill in the mud flats
Tamar Island
Tamar Valley Region

TAMAR ISLAND: a wetland bird haven

TAMAR ISLAND is a picturesque, wetland bird sanctuary on the north western edge of Launceston. Access is very easy, as the trail is boardwalk all the way and it is totally flat. The trail gives great views of the Tamar River and many opportunities to see the many birds of the wetlands. There is a restaurant and shop at the start of the walk. The other attractions of Launceston are also discussed in the LAUNCESTON CITY, TREVALLYN, CATARACT GORGE and TASMANIA ZOO pages.

From LAUNCESTON you are 20 minutes from EVANDALE, LONGFORD, CARRICK, EXETER, TASMANIA ZOO & GRINDELWALD.

You are 40 minutes from BEACONSFIELD, BEAUTY POINT, LILYDALE, GEORGE TOWN, WESTBURY, Mt BARROW and Mt ARTHUR and DELORAINE.

You are 60 minutes from GREENS BEACH, the NARAWNTAPU National Park, Mt BEN LOMOND, Mt BEN NEVIS, SCOTTSDALE, WEYMOUTH, CAMPBELL TOWN, MOLE CREEK, the GREAT LAKE, LIFFEY FALLS and DEVONPORT.

Nearby places are described in the TAMAR REGION , LAUNCESTON, GRINDELWALD, EXETER, BEACONSFIELD, BEAUTY POINT, TASMANIA ZOO, CARRICK and WESTBURY pages.


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FACILITIES: There is a cafe and tourist shop in the Wetland Centre. The telephone is (03) 6327 3964 Launceston is the second largest city in Tasmania. There is a huge shopping precinct in the Launceston CBD. There are more shopping precincts in the suburbs. There is much accommodation in GREATER LAUNCESTON.

SIGHT: The Tamar Island is a wetland bird sanctuary just beyond the north western edge of LAUNCESTON. A 3 kilometre walk takes you to the edge of the Tamar River, but the walk is dead flat and it is on a raised wooden path, which is suitable for wheel chairs.

You will see a huge variety of water birds in the creeks and the swamp grasses. This vista is very different from what you will normally see in Tasmania. It is a wonderful place to have a relaxing walk and many local people visit it regularly.

ROUTE: Drive north on the western side of the Tamar River on A7 West Tamar Road. You will see it just beyond the north west edge of the City.

Click to see the LARGER PHOTO GALLERY.

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Tamar island Tasmania

1/ The Tamar Island wetland bird sanctuary is on the north western edge of Launceston in north east Tasmania. The trail begins at the Visitor Centre, where you can view the nearby birds with binoculars.

Tamar island Tasmania

2/ The entire 3 kilometre Tamar Island trail is on flat raised wooden paths. This make it an easy journey even for wheel chairs.

Tamar island Tasmania

3/ The ponds of the Tamar Island allow you to get close to a variety of birds.

Tamar island Tasmania

4/ From the bird hides on the Tamar Island, you can view birds without disturbing them.

Tamar island Tasmania

5/ This is the view to the south of the Tamar Island across the grass lands. The flat mountain on the centre left is the Ben Lomond Plateau.

Tamar island Tasmania

6/ The grass lands of the Tamar Island wetlands are interrupted by small clumps of isolated trees.

Tamar island Tasmania

7/ This is the view to the east of the Tamar Island. You can vaguely see the eastern suburb of Mowbray on the far horizon.

Tamar island Tasmania

8/ The creeks on the sides of the Tamar Island show a variety of mud flats, which fill with water when the tide returns.

Tamar island Tasmania

9/This view shows the mud flats of the Tamar Island slowing filling with water as the tide returns. It was quite enchanting to watch.

Tamar island Tasmania

10/ At the end of the Tamar Island walk you come to a small hill, where a local grazier once had a home. These European trees are the last remnant of his homestead.

Tamar island Tasmania

11/ This is the peaceful Tamar River on the eastern end of the Tamar Island walk.

Tamar island Tasmania

12/ This shows the channel of the Tamar River used by boats. That day it was very calm and still.

Tamar island Tasmania

13/ This was the lovely view of the Tamar River , as the sun was setting that day.

Tamar island Tasmania

14/ The rills were shimmering in the setting twilight, as I left the enchanting Tamar Island that day.

 

ducks at Tamar Island, Tasmania

1/ A wider variety of wetland birds can be seen, These two ducks are probably a "married" couple.

swan and cygnest at Tamar Island Tasmania

2/ A rare action shot of a swan demonstrating her dominance over her chicks.

swans at Tamar Island

3/ A swan peacefully swims with ducks in the still water of the Tamar River.

plovers at Tamar Island Tasmania

4/ Plovers on the lawn. These birds dominate flat lands and are very aggressive during their breeding time.

native hen at tamar island tasmania

5/ A native hen nonchalantly walks by. These birds are very fast runners.

 

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