We were heading south down the east coast of Tasmania and a few kilometers from Bicheno we saw "Natureworld". Two things caught our attention- they had a cafe (we were hanging out for lunch) and they mentioned Tasmanian Devils, which we hadn't seen yet in spite of camping in several bush locations over the last 4 weeks. It sounded a bit "Disney" but we figured we'd at least stop for lunch. We were surprised- these people really know how to do tourism, and the display of animals was great. First things first- you don't have to pay an entry fee to enter the cafe, and you can watch some of the "free range" animals(kangaroos, wallabies, Cape Barren geese, water hens, plovers and ducks) through the big picture windows while eating lunch. The choice of meals was typical cafe, but the quality was good(fresh!) and not expensive. The staff were pleasant and nothing was too much trouble. Then, hunger satisfied, we paid the entry fee ($11:00 each, again, less than many places) and wandered into a vast area of compounds, aviaries and enclosures with a wide range of native animals (some from interstate). One pleasing aspect was that none of the animals appeared to be short of space, and all appeared healthy. We were proivided with a small bag of animal tucker with which to feed the free range animals, but were asked not to feed those in enclosures. Some of the 'roos didn't need to be asked twice! We latched onto a tour group and listened with interest to a knowledgeable guide providing us with detailed information on the various animals. The star of the show (for us) was the Tassie Devil which we were able to pat in spite of it's fearful reputation (it's all bluff- but don't try to pat a wild one!). Everything was wheelchair accessible, and there was a little "train" to carry those whose mobility isn't the best. I asked a question about the Tiger Snakes and confirmed that the specimen I had closely observed at Zeehan was a local species with a small head, whereas the ones in the enclosures, which originated from the islands in Bass Straight, had evolved much larger heads (because their diet was largely composed of mutton birds).The explanatory signs were clear, easy to read, and informative, and there was provision for kids (not relevant to us, but it's always good to see them catered for). We spent a lot of time in the walk-through aviaries, and our brief stop had turned into 3.5 hours before we knew it.
Not all "attractions" in Tasmania know how to service tourists, but these folk should do well. Highly recommended!!
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