Reconnaissance Tour of Mt William National Park
I recently returned from a couple of days exploring Mt William National Park with a good friend, and former manager with Tasmania’s Parks and Wildlife Service. We stayed at the very comfortable Icena Farm where we caught up with Nick Mooney, one of Tasmania’s preeminent authorities on our wildlife.
The park has become the place to go if you wish to see the formidable Wedge-tailed Eagle. This is Tasmania’s largest raptor and is listed as vulnerable. We were delighted to see eagles on four consecutive days including our other large bird of prey, the White Breasted Eagle. The weather was kind and afforded some great photo opportunities. This photo shows a wedge-tail in the centre of the expansive landscape as seen from the summit of Mount William.
Tasmanian Wildlife in Abundance
While in the area we travelled down tracks throughout the park and were rewarded with sightings of Pademelons, Bennett’s Wallabies, and our largest macropod, the Forester Kangaroo. The northern end of the Bay of Fires looking south from Eddystone Point Lighthouse is simply spectacular and is not to be missed. This is Tasmania’s most easterly point where a vast expanse of sand dunes and beach meet the crashing waves of the Tasman Sea.
Windfarm at Little Musselroe Bay
As well as doing the short 90-minute return walk to the summit of Mount William we spent time exploring the area surrounding the lighthouse. We also drove north to Little Musselroe Bay to see the windfarm. There are 56 turbines at this $400 million facility. The Wind Farm’s visitor centre is now open to the public. The Tebrakunna Visitor Centre details the history of the wind farm and the region’s Aboriginal background. It also provides a viewing area, which allows people to see a wind turbine up close.
We returned via some Forestry roads and managed to get a puncture for our trouble. The scenery though was worth the detour with pockets of rainforest amongst the largely dry sclerophyll forests. We drove through Goulds Country before arriving back at Hobart.
This tour is part of our East Coast Tour.