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The Gorge is home to a unique array of animals including many of Tasmania's native animals - birds mammals, fish, invertebrates, reptiles and amphibians.

There's even a rare Cataract Gorge Snail - yes, who knew!


Because of its island status, fewer introduced predators and a relatively large amount of intact habitat, Tasmania has a diverse mammal fauna and the state is a stronghold for many species which have become extinct, or are on the verge of extinction, on mainland Australia. At least sixteen species of mammals and nine reptiles also call the Cataract Gorge home.

Wallabies enjoy life on the edge of the Cliff Grounds Lawns, where grass meets the forest. On the upper slopes, Wombats, Echidnas and Pademelons forage for food. Potoroos prefer the dense undergrowth in the surrounding gullies.

The fresh waters of the Cataract Gorge Reserve provide vital habitat for native Frogs, Skinks, Reptiles, Invertebrates, Eels and Fish. 

70 species of birds live or visit the Cataract Gorge - 12 of which only live in Tasmania. If you are quiet you will hear and maybe even see many of them during your visit - Honeyeaters, Finches, Thornbills, Wattlebirds, Pardalotes, Robins & Wrens. Visit the Gorge during the evening and you may hear the calls of Bats, Owls or Tawny Frogmouths.

Year round, you will see a flurry of life.

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