North East Tasmania Tourism

Unique Experiences

Bridport Wildflower Reserve

Bridport Wildflower Reserve is a very special place, boasting one of the best displays of flowering heath in spring. It is part of the Granite Point Conservation Area, and over 180 vascular plant species grow here, in very distinct vegetation communities. Three of the vegetation communities are considered endangered, and four are listed as vulnerable - indicating the high conservation values in this area.

Animals: Amateur naturalists have collected information over many years in this Reserve, and have so far identified 14 species of native mammals, 7 frogs, several reptiles and 49 bird species! Among these are four threatened species, including the Eastern Barred Bandicoot, Spotted-tail Quoll, Wedge-tailed Eagle and the Green & Gold Frog.

Rocks & Soil: The rocks of the Reserve are the same Devonian granites that occur in Wilsons Promontory (Victoria), through the Furneaux Islands, and down Tasmania's east coast. Overlaying the granite are younger sands. They formed part of an extensive desert dune complex, which covered the north-east and Bass Strait when the climate was much colder and drier. This was at the height of the last glaciation, about 20,000 years ago, when Tasmania was still connected to the mainland. Although the soils are nutrient poor, a great diversity of plants manage to survive.

People: These are the homelands of the original peoples, the Leenarranaa and Paabarrangnaa clans. Aboriginal people made cutting and scraping tools from various types of rocks. The stone tools (artifacts) are scattered throughout this entire area. They used a variety of plants and animals for food and medicinal purposes. Some birds also formed part of their daily diet. The land and the living environment is considered to be connected to people through the actions of the (Aboriginal) Creator Spirits which also reside within the environment. In 1833, land grants were made to the first pastoralists, who probably used the Reserve as a rough grazing run. The first settlers also burned the heath and woodland vegetation to promote 'green pick' for their stock.

Looking after our Reserve: We're lucky to have this area of intact natural landscape on our doorstep. As a welcome visitor, or a resident, please help us take care of it by observing the following:

  • Stay on formed tracks
  • Please report any damage or illegal activities to the National Parks and Wildlife Service in Bridport

Please remember, the following are NOT permitted:

  • Cutting or removal of vegetation
  • Vehicles or motorcycles
  • Littering
  • Dumping of rubbish or garden refuse
  • Fires
  • Hunting or weapons
  • Pets (apart from dog exercising in the allocated area)

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Beaches & Fishing

Beaches & Fishing

Walks & Waterfalls

Walks & Waterfalls

Arts & Crafts

Arts & Crafts

History & Heritage

History & Heritage

Sports & Adventure

Sports & Adventure

Food & Wine

Food & Wine

Gardens & Romance

Gardens & Romance

Suggested Itineraries

Suggested Itineraries

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Events

Annual Arts Festival

While elsewhere in Tasmania people are tucking up by the fire and going into winter hibernation, North East Tasmania comes alive to celebrate and showcase local arts and crafts annually on the June long weekend.

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Bridport CWA Market

The Bridport CWA Market is held on the first Saturday of every month, undercover in the CWA Hall. There is a large range of fresh local fruit and vegetables, home-made jam, sauces and cakes. Jewellery, plants and bric-a-brac are also available.

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