Tasmania Wildlife Tours Specialist
Tasmania wildlife tours with Pepper Bush Adventures are based in north-east Tasmania, Australia. As a family run business we provide high level nature experiences. We have been touring since 1998 and offer short break tours which depart on request. We tour through the regions stunning landscapes which are home to Tasmanian wildlife and birds.
Tasmania’s island status has produced a pool of wildlife subspecies, some of which feature on our tours. Tasmania’s marsupials are largely nocturnal so after-dark tours are best to highlight their true behaviour. We have created two authentic wildlife experiences with two tours based at remote cabins on private lands.
You will enjoy the ambience of a crackling campfire in Tasmania’s outdoors as Bushie and Ben whip up a tasty campfire dinner while you wait for the sun to set. On dusk, you will see the trees, forest floor and fields come alive when wildlife emerge for their nightly feed.
Our guides cruise around the backroads to alpine mountain peaks, pristine beaches, and ancient forests. We visit to the majestic craggy peaks of Ben Lomond and stroll the long white beaches of Mt William National Park. We walk amongst the forests to unearth their secrets.
Bushie and Ben use their local knowledge when visiting the regions flora and fauna rich landscapes to provide birding tours. The coastal heathlands, lush pastures, diverse forests, and waterways are home to hundreds of birdlife. Tasmania has twelve endemic bird species, with eleven known to habitat north-east Tasmania.
Roadside finds are always thrilling. Bushie and Ben have a keen eye to spot the wandering echidna. They also visit streams and farm dams to find and view the fascinating platypus. In warmer months, the backroads can produce a range of reptiles like the blue-tongued lizard and tiger snake. The forests too, produce some amazing birding finds.
Superb wildlife and birding tours are waiting for you when you tour with Pepper Bush Adventures. Bushie and Ben are keen to share what they know to help you get the most from your time in Tasmanian.
Craig ‘Bushie’ Williams has local knowledge passed down from a long line of foresters and all-round bushies. Growing up in the bush, he is a quick-witted 6th generation Tasmanian, skilful campfire cook and raconteur. Bushie is the founder of the company and had a vision to showcase the region to the world. His hands on knowledge of wildlife and where and when to find them is the core strength of his work. While touring the regions backroads and with sharp eyes to spot what many wouldn’t see, Bushie is passionate about his “Bushie’s Backyard” and the flora and fauna that shares it.
Ben Williams joined Pepper Bush Adventures in 2015 from a working background in forestry and aquaculture. For many years Ben has been aware of wildlife and birding interpretation and is now an outstanding guide. Ben has fine tuned his birding skills to provide sound regional tours. He has good grasp of ‘expecting the unexpected’ when seeking out wildlife. Ben sees wildlife behaviour that is not in textbooks and indeed, wildlife behaviour that textbooks say doesn’t happen.
Pepper Bush Adventures is included in the Tourism Registry of the Australian Tourism Data Warehouse, listing AU0087390 as an Active Tourism company TASOP0043
Tasmanian Wilderness Tours & Conservation
Maintaining the Peace and Tranquillity
We are fortunate to have access to an amazing property to conduct our Quoll Patrol wildlife experience. Our international visitors are in awe of the wide-open spaces and it’s a place of peace and tranquillity and we work tirelessly to let it remain so.
Positioned in the centre of a large field, which was once farm grazing land, is a rustic cabin which is the base of our wildlife viewing activities. From the year 2000 we shared the facility with hunters, and we could only use the property outside of hunting seasons. But after the owner sold to a forestry company in 2005, we took the opportunity to lease the area and transform it to a private wildlife reserve.
We developed the venue with shelter, campfire, and dining facilities. It is situated on a wildlife habitat and feeding strip where eastern quolls, Bennett’s wallaby, pademelon, forester kangaroos, wombats and brush-tail possums visit or reside nearby.
Sadly, the property’s hunting past still haunts us and it is an ongoing effort to keep illegal hunters and their dogs off the property and keep our wildlife safe. As well as wildlife tour operators we have become poaching rangers. We monitor trail-cameras, install locked boom-gates, and conduct security checks regularly between tours, all of which comes at a financial expense.
Some of the wildlife are regular visitors so there is a bigger emotional attachment to our need to protect them. These endearing furry creatures are worth the emotional baggage and our clients assist us to protect them with a percentage of our Quoll Patrol tour sales going towards leasing and safeguarding the property.
We are also diligent in monitoring the wellbeing of the property’s wombat population as the dreadful mange disease whips through wombat populations throughout Tasmania.
Mt William National Park & Ben Lomond National Park
Both these national parks do not have the icon status of other parks in Tasmania and are less developed for visitors. Their visitation is much lower which is why we choose to visit them and why it is more important to leave them as we find them.
Mt William NP was established in 1973 to protect coastal heathlands and dry sclerophyll plants. We are very aware of the conservation value of this windswept coastline.
Ben Lomond NP was declared a national park in 1947 and is Tasmania’s premium downhill ski destination in the winter. Due to the diminishing wildlife habitat in north-east Tasmania, Ben Lomond plays an invaluable role in regional wildlife conservation.
We support both these lower profile national parks with respect and client’s park pass fees being passed on to contribute to the maintenance of the parks.
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