The Wildiaries Experience |


Tassie Devils & the Tarkine

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Available between October 08, 2015 — October 12, 2015

Duration of tour 5 days 4 nights

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An immersive wilderness and wildlife tour to discover Tasmanian native animals and the Tarkine.

The video (below) is a show reel of Wildiaries film from Mountain Valley - hopefully you will see this location's signature animal, the amazing Tasmanian Devil!

This is one of our very favourite places in Tasmania, where we've spent days filming the state's native animals in the wild. 'Dine with the devils and quolls', walk in a jurassic wilderness, sleep beneath 600 year old trees and discover waterfalls in the million-year-old landscape of the Tarkine. 

Greg Irons from Bonorong Sanctuary who owns the Tarkine Wilderness Lodge, tells us about his passion for animals and the valuable work he pioneered at Bonorong.

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  • A unique Tasmanian wild animal photo opportunity focused on wild animals including Spot-tailed Quolls and Tasmanian Devils. 
  • The experience of a wilderness stay on a private sanctuary and beneath 600 year old trees in a millions of year old forest.
  • Exploring a private nature reserve on the Leven River, watching platypus by day, visiting a glow-worm grotto and immersing yourself in the glorious Tarkine wilderness. 

A short drive from Launceston or Devonport the wilderness of northern Tasmania offers a unique perspective on this post-jurassic land that few visitors get to experience.

Tasmania's iconic animals are found nowhere else on Earth. 

On this trip your focus will first be on Tasmanian Devils. At a private nature reserve you will wait for devils and other nocturnal animals, quolls, that come in to forage at night. Sit warmly behind glass in the comfort of your log fire and take photographs. If you're lucky, the devils can wander within centimetres without even knowing you are there.  

In the morning you'll watch Platypus cavorting in streams, Padamelons and Native-hens grazing on lawns and hear the cacophony of Yellow Wattlebirds. You can take a walk into the southern beech forests.

In the second half of your journey you'll head west into a wilderness camp on the Tarkine. Here you'll learn about the values of this ancient untouched forest and get the chance to walk through its hundreds of year old trees. At night you'll enjoy home-cooked food and learn about the Tarkine Devil Project.  


This is a wilderness trip. Mountain Valley is located on a private nature reserve with basic quad-share log cabin style accommodation. The following nights will be at the long house and safari tents (twin share) at Tarkine Trails. These are a 40 minute walk from the nearest road. To get there, you will need to carry your clothes for two days and a sleeping bag (provided). Your guides can help you with this if need be. 

This tour is very special for its focus on wilderness and wildlife. What’s most special about these places are they are nestled in the heart of northern Tasmania in breathtaking landscapes. Despite the lack of luxury, they are both routinely rated 5 star on Trip Advisor.   

We will also be doing quite a bit of walking on this trip. If you think you would be incapable of walking unassisted for up to 4 hours at a time, this trip may not be for you. 

Day 1 (D)

From Devonport / Launceston it is a 1-2 hour drive to reach Mountain Valley where you will be met and welcomed when you arrive. After settling into the accommodation, we will set up the night’s wildlife watching and take an afternoon stroll to explore the immediate surrounds of this stunning private wildlife sanctuary. You are really at the behest of the animals who decide when or if they will emerge this evening. Night in log cabins at Mountain Valley. 

Day 2 (B, D)

Take a stroll at dawn to look for platypus and birdwatch before heading back for breakfast (hamper provided). In the morning you can do a walk along the Leven River, returning for lunch. In the afternoon there is the option for you to head off to explore the national park at Leven Falls or do an afternoon walk in the valley. That afternoon / evening you set up for nocturnal animals again … each night can be quite different. Night in log cabins at Mountain Valley.

Day 3 (B,L,D)

After a hearty breakfast you will drive to your drop-off location for Tarkine Trails. You will leave our own vehicles at a suitable location and take the Tarkine Trail minibus deep into the forest. On arrival there it is a 40 minute walk to your accommodation which is nestled beneath 600 year old trees. After lunch local expert guides will take you on the first of your walks into the Tarkine. The evening will be spent around the fire in the long room, where you will be treated with a meal of local cuisine. Night in safari tents at Tarkine Trails.

Day 4 (B,L,D)

Today we will spend the day walking and exploring the Tarkine. Your guides will take you on secluded circular walks past waterfalls and along ridgelines. During the walks you will carry little more than a small day pack and we’ll picnic at lunch, returning to the long room to reflect on our day. Night in safari tents at Tarkine Trails.

Day 5 (B,L)

Our last chance to enjoy the Tarkine we will have a relaxed morning and a short walk to the Philosopher’s falls. Returning for lunch we will prepare for our short walk back to the vehicles and the 1.5-2.5 hour drive back to Devonport or Launceston for ferry or flights out. 

*B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner


At Mountain Valley accommodation is ‘quad-share log cabins. The rooms are comfortable and basic - don’t expect luxury.  Nevertheless, we are here to enjoy the surroundings and wildlife, and this experience is unsurpassed, so you won’t be disappointed. At Tarkine Trails you live in the rainforest. The very special accommodation is in large safari-style twin-share canvas tents. The Tarkine Longhouse is our kitchen/dining area with fireplace and deck with view into the rainforest canopy. At each location meals will be supplied.     



What to Bring

Pack as though you are going on a walking holiday. All your food and accommodation is provided, so all you need to bring are your walking essentials. Mountain Valley is log cabins with normal bathrooms. Because the Tarkine Trails is more remote, you will need to pack lightly. Washing facilities are Japanese-style - a wooden shelter with views of the rainforest and large bowls filled with warm water. Toilet is a shared drop-composting toilet. It is asked that you do not use soaps or detergents in this location.   

  • Your camera.
  • Warm and wet weather clothing
  • Day pack
  • Soft bag for storing clothing
  • Warm jacket / jumper
  • Thermal top
  • Torch
  • Waterproof coat with hood
  • Waterproof pants
  • Small towel (chamois is best)
  • Water bottle
  • Gloves, beanie




  • All meals as specified in the itinerary (above)
  • Guides, wildlife experiences and walks.
  • Overnight accommodation (standard quad share in Mountain Valley, limited twin share available for a supplement), twin-share in Tarkine Trails.  



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Per person, quad-share (Mountain Valley), twin-share (Tarkine Trails).

Note, there are two twin-share cabins available at Mountain Valley for a supplement. 

Available between October 08, 2015 — October 12, 2015

Duration of tour 5 days 4 nights

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