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Devils @ Cradle

A Tasmanian devil sanctuary at Cradle Mountain

Committed to Tassie devil conservation and protection

Devils @ Cradle is a Tasmanian devil sanctuary located on the edge of the Cradle Mountain National Park World Heritage area, one of the most picturesque wilderness regions of the state. Devils @ Cradle is a breeding and conservation facility for three of Tasmania’s unique and threatened carnivorous marsupials; the Tasmanian devil, the Eastern quoll, and the Spotted-tail quoll.

The facility conducts conservation programs for the Tasmanian devil including a successful breeding program ensuring the survival of Tasmanian devils in healthy numbers in the wild. Visitors to Devils @ Cradle can experience a variety of tours, each offering a rare chance to watch these extraordinary animals up close while learning from keepers about the challenges they face.

Take a Tasmanian devils @ Cradle tour with Fun Over 50

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Physical rating:
3 - Active/Moderate
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Tour duration:
11
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Treat yourself this Christmas with the awe-inspiring sights and tastes of Tasmania with 11 days discovering Port Arthur Penal Settlement, Tasman Arch, Derwent Valley, Eaglehawk Neck, Bruny Island and more. We celebrate Christmas in Hobart with a long sumptuous lunch and spend New Years Eve in Launceston. You’ll be tempted by heritage, culture, taste sensations and glorious natural scenery whilst also visiting Cradle Mountain, Strahan and Launceston.

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Physical rating:
3 - Active/Moderate
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Tour duration:
11
days

See the icons of the Apple Isle on this in-depth tour of Tasmania. Fly into Hobart for 2-nights and explore the Port Arthur Historic Site. Enjoy an epic Gordon River Cruise travelling to Strahan and Queenstown. Enjoy a train journey on the West Coast Wilderness Railway line before arriving into Tullah. Take in all the sights of Wine Glass Bay with an aerial view whilst exploring the Freycinet Peninsula before heading back to Hobart.

A unique Tasmanian experience

Devils @ Cradle is a world-class facility in a beautiful natural alpine setting, just a few kilometres from stunning Cradle Mountain. The facility focuses on conservation programs for the three largest carnivorous marsupials – the Tasmanian devil, the closely related spotted-tail quoll, and the Eastern quoll. All three are listed as either threatened or endangered in the wild.

Visitors to Devils @ Cradle can experience up-close encounters with the devils and quolls as they go about their day. Award-winning enclosures provide a natural habitat while offering visitors a great opportunity to observe the behaviour of these fascinating animals.

Tours at Devils @ Cradle give visitors an insight into the daily operation of a working conservation facility specifically dedicated to the preservation of one of Australia’s most iconic, yet mysterious creatures. Experienced Tasmanian Devil Keepers explain the intricacies of the animals’ life cycles and highlight current threats such as Devil Facial Tumour Disease.

A Tasmanian devil sanctuary at Cradle Mountain

We’re helping save our Tassie devils

Adopting a Tasmanian devil through Devils @ Cradle contributes to an extremely worthwhile cause. Facial Tumour Disease, a contagious cancer has decreased wild devil population numbers by between 85-90% throughout Tasmania. Visitors can ‘adopt’ a baby or adult Tasmanian devil or spotted-tail or Eastern quoll and help save these unique species. Every time a Fun Over 50 Holiday group visits Devils @ Cradle, a donation is made as part of the ‘Adopt a Devil’ programme. 

“We would like to acknowledge your valuable contribution to our privately owned Tasmanian Devil sanctuary. Fun Over 50 Holidays is currently our only Domestic Wholesale Tour Operator that contributes to our sanctuary by purchasing an additional adoption for each of their guests that visit us. Paired with the entry cost per person, this is a significant contribution to our adoption program and our animal residents.” Wade Anthony – General Manager - Devils @ Cradle Mountain, Tasmania.

Frequently asked questions

How many animals are at Devils @ Cradle?

The sanctuary houses approximately 80 – 100 animals across the three species within industry-recognised programs - Save the Tasmanian Devil Program (STDP) and the Tasmanian Quoll Conservation Program (TQCP.) Devils@ Cradle is a key facility for the Tasmanian Devil, housing approximately 40 devils on site. 

What is Devil Facial Tumour Disease?

First recorded in 1996, Devil Facial Tumour Disease (DFTD), is a contagious and fatal cancer that has decreased wild populations by between 85-90% throughout Tasmania. Characterised by the appearance of obvious facial tumours that first appear in and around the mouth as small lesions or lumps, DFTD develops into large tumours around the face and neck and sometimes spreads throughout the body. It is passed from devil to devil through contact, including biting associated with copulation, feeding, and fighting. 

What types of tours are available at Devils @ Cradle?

Devils @ Cradle sanctuary offers a Day Keeper Tour, Day Feeding Tour, Joey Encounter, Sunset Experience and After Dark Feeding Tour as well as private tours.

When is Devils @ Cradle open?

The facility is open from 9:30 am with Day Keeper Tours at 10:30 am and 3 pm, Feeding Tours at 1 pm and 5:30 pm, and Joey Encounter Tours at 12 pm and 4 pm. As the sun sets, visitors can learn more about these amazing creatures and watch their nighttime antics as they are fed. 

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