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Pademelon in Tasmania

Tasmania's special small and cute kanragoo-animals

Best time: April–June

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Similar to a small kangaroo but with far more thick fur, these animals are extremely delightful to watch. Being spread all over Tasmania, these animals prefer to stay in at the daytime, so you are most likely to catch a glimpse of them after the sunset.

Although pademelons are wild animals, they like to be treated, therefore, these guys often dwell in forests near the tourist places. You can watch them all the year round but in winter, you can get even more cute experience watching baby pademelons ambling at dusk and making their first steps.

However, keep in mind that they are wild, so don't reach out hands to feed or stroke them.​

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When is the optimal timeframe for viewing pademelons in Tasmania?

Pademelons in Tasmania are best viewed between the months of April and June, as this is when they are most active and have their offspring. Additionally, this time period offers ideal conditions for vegetation growth, which could contribute to a better chance of spotting these creatures in their natural environment. Show more

What are some prime locations for observing pademelons in Tasmania?

While pademelons inhabit various regions across Tasmania, forested areas near tourist hotspots such as national parks, are recommended destinations for viewing them. Hartz Mountains National Park, located in southern Tasmania, boasts breathtaking scenery and is home to a healthy population of these unique animals. Other notable parks include Mount Wellington and Narawntapu National Park, where a high concentration of pademelons can be found. Show more

How does a pademelon differ in appearance from a standard kangaroo?

Pademelons, being similar to wallabies or the smaller varients of a kangaroo, have a few distinguishable characteristics that set them apart. They have shorter tails, thicker fur, and a distinctive stripe down their back. Furthermore, pademelons are more active during the night and at dusk, whereas wallabies and kangaroos are typically more active in the daytime. Show more

Is it acceptable to touch or feed pademelons if they are encountered in the wild?

It is not advised to feed or touch pademelons if encountered in their natural habitat. Although these animals have an amicable appearance, they are still wild creatures capable of aggression, health issues/illness, and stress. Observers are encouraged to keep a safe distance from these unique creatures and respect their natural space. Show more

In addition to pademelons, what other extraordinary wildlife is native to Tasmania?

Tasmania is known for the diversity of its native wildlife, consisting of animals such as the Tasmanian devil, wallabies, wombats, possums, echidnas, quokkas, and platypuses. The Tasmanian devil, Earth's largest carnivorous marsupial and an endangered species, can only be found on this island. Tasmania also offers opportunities to view unique bird species like the wedge-tailed eagle, white-bellied sea-eagle, and yellow-throated honeyeater, along with various reptiles, fish and insects. Show more

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