Forest Secrets

Forest Secrets, Mount Field National Park: Address, Phone Number, Forest Secrets Reviews: 5/5

Forest Secrets
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Speciality & Gift Shops • Nature & Wildlife Areas • Forests
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CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE A fascinating riverside nature walk just 60 minutes' drive from Hobart. Taste the forest with your Forest Flavors tucker-box as you touch, smell, hear, see & learn about the plants & trees along the unique sensory trail. Spot a wild platypus. Kids quiz, yummy prizes. Free Tasmanian forest honey tasting. Delicious forest flavored ice creams and chocolates. Gift shop & Gallery. Beautiful picnic areas. 750m, graded Easy Closed for winter season, May through September
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Derek T
Sydney, Australia35 contributions
Nov 2020 • Couples
Same as Russell falls, magic! The weather was was wet, but don’t worry, the forest canopy protects you from the rain. Take the return track to the car park, keep an eye out for the platypus!
Written November 22, 2020
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Tanya V
6 contributions
Apr 2018 • Family
We had a lovely walk at firest secrets. Our host was wonderful, helpful and full if information. There is a quiz for kids/teens to fill out on the walk, we saw the resident platypus and enjoyed the art sculpture exhibition.
Written April 22, 2018
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Thanks for the kind review Tanya - glad you enjoyed the experience
Written April 24, 2018
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Peta43
Xianyang, China9 contributions
Apr 2018 • Family
Visited Forest Secrets today on our return from Mt Field National Park & Lake Dobson. We were really impressed by the walk around the area which was clearly marked by interpretative panels & supported by clever artefacts. The sensory lunchbox was a great accompaniment & allowed you to use all your senses as you experienced the environment. We saw the platypus which was having a good day as all the people who visited the site today had seen it. I particularly loved the sculpture trail & thought it supported site exceptionally well. I'd love one of those sculptures in my garden! Well done David! We had a great afternoon!
Written April 18, 2018
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Thanks Peta. We aim to please.
Written April 24, 2018
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Robby G C
Toronto, Canada78,235 contributions
Feb 2018 • Couples
We parked and once inside the shop, we received a box with some goodies. There were info panels all over the field. When we stopped to read an info panel, we were recommended to eat the one that was indicated in the box, so that our taste busts would remember what we saw.

For example, there was an info panel about “Who did that scat? They gave us information and then we were asked to use our box. I would say: “I’m the choc coated with honey comb that looks like a wombat.

We followed all the panels, as it was fun!

We were told that we had a great chance to see a platypus. There was place to view the platypus. We waited for a long time. When we finished exploring the field, we watched again with no success. It was fun anyway.

However, we found an echidna for the first time of our life. That was cool!

The owner was very nice. We bought some honey from him. It was delicious!

We were here for over an hour and a half.

This is a must to see!
Written April 16, 2018
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Thanks for reviewing Forest Secrets Robby. Our platypus spotting success rate is about 75% and I guess that means that 25% of visitors don't get lucky - but t's great that you met an echidna instead, and were very pleased that you enjoyed the experience
Written April 24, 2018
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Sundancer6
Melbourne, Australia156 contributions
Apr 2018 • Couples
Forest Secrets is on the way to mount Fields national park. It is an interesting and amusing activity. You are given a tucker box with various food inside and as you walk around there are information signs about the bush, animals, flora and fauna. At certain stops there are instructions to delve into the tuckerbox and how the food relates to the plant. Unfortunately we did not see the platypus but we did see the family of cormorants.
Written April 5, 2018
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Jody W
Lafayette, CO6 contributions
Feb 2018 • Family
We searched for Jody the Platypus but couldn't find her. Saw an echidna though which was nice. The trail is interactive with little treats along the way.
Written February 21, 2018
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IAmamma
Pleasantville, IA100 contributions
Feb 2018 • Friends
This is an interesting activity and if you are luck enough to see the platypus even better. $15 per person seems a little high but everything in Australia is high compared to the US. We did learn some interesting facts. We wish there was a bench available to patiently wait for the platypus. I think younger kids would enjoy this but we were all adults and primarily interested on seeing a platypus in its natural habitat.
Written February 21, 2018
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Mitchell O
Bryan, OH206 contributions
Jan 2018 • Family
If you're traveling with kids, then make time in your Hobart itinerary for Forest Secrets. Even if you don't have kids, we all learned so much about the native trees and plants through the "Tucker Box" trail where you smell, taste, and feel your way through the forest.

The bonus (huge bonus if you are us) is that you have the opportunity to see a platypus in the wild. No cages. No feedings. Just a nearby river and a resident platypus.

The brochure for Forest Secrets claims a 70% chance of seeing the platypus on any given day, and if you don't, they'll let you try again the next day (or when convenient for you) for FREE!

We did see the platypus (for the record we went around 2 PM) and were thrilled! We spent the better part of 30 minutes watching her feed in the river. It was truly a remarkable experience.

Forest Secrets is located about an hour from Hobart and the signage is good so you won't miss it. We spent about 90 minutes there.
Written January 14, 2018
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Thanks for the review, Mitchell O We aim to please, and we love it when people get excited about our fantastic Tasmanian forests - and platypus of course. Hope the rest of your trip lived up to expectations too. David
Written January 18, 2018
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deanjenkins
Melbourne, Australia3 contributions
Jan 2018 • Family
We weren’t sure what to expect on arrival, but really good mix of general interest and quirky fun. Well worth the trip.

Missed the platypus unfortunately.

Written December 31, 2017
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Alan L
Croydon, Australia245 contributions
Dec 2017 • Couples
We passed Forest Secrets on the way to Mount Fields National Park and said we should stop there on the way back. We almost drove passed but turned back and were so glad we did.
It was late in the afternoon, about 3:30 pm, and we were met by David. He gave us a little "tasting box" each. It had 8 little compartments with small tasting samples of different foods which were to be eaten when you reached certain signs. The foods represented the display or tree that you were standing in front of. What a novel way to make you remember what each item was about.
Not only where there things pointed out to you but things you could observe for your self e.g. a family of shags, or cormorants, and lots of other small birds. There were also different sculptures positioned at different spots to keep you amused.
We didn't get to see a platypus but David said if we are still around tomorrow to pop in and spend as much time as we wanted looking for one. We will be back.
Written December 22, 2017
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Thanks for the review Alan. I'm glad that you and Chris got some fantastic photo shots including the video clip of pademelon with joey, and I enjoyed your company. Come back and see us on your next trip!
Written December 27, 2017
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