Experience an adventurous wilderness tour in the first genuine Eco Electric Self-Sufficient Solar Catamaran (Gypsy) in Tasmania. With no engine noise to disturb the tranquillity and peace, you will glide amongst the unique flora and fauna of Moulting Lagoon and be able to listen to the sounds of nature. Enjoy the stunning landscape set against the iconic Freycinet National Park, and a complimentary local wine and oysters grown around the lagoon.
White Bellied Sea Eagle
Close for the season
An international wetland reserve, that provides habitat for many rare and vulnerable plant and animal species (95 species of birds, 59 species of fish and 25 plant species) that live in a balanced ecosystem.
Large numbers of waterfowl, particularly Black Swans (up to 15,000 swans) and Australia Shelducks.
One of the Tasmania's most beautiful birds the White Bellied Sea Eagle ( Haliaeetus leucogaster) with wing span that can exceed 2 mitres long and weight of up to 4.5 kilograms.
Chestnut Teal and other shorebird species use the area, therefore the number of birds increases dramatically.
Moulting Lagoon has an international significance, as it houses more than one per cent of the world’s estimated population of Golden Plover and Easten Curlew.
Some migratory birds, such as Golden Plover and the Eastern Curlew are annual
migrants and fly for more than 25,000 kilometres from the Arctic.
Moulting Lagoon is one of the most extensive areas of temperate coastal saltmarsh in Tasmania and is listed as ‘vulnerable’ under the federal Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.
It also hosts 12 other wetland plants listed as threatened species.
There are rare plant species, such as Stenanthemum pimeleoides, which is endemic to Tasmania and is found only here.
Saltmarshes support a diverse number of plant species such as rushes, grasses, sedges, succulent shrubs, herbs and offer an important feeding to birds. Also provides habitation to molluscs, crustaceans and invertebrates, which are vital food source for birds and fish.
Wetlands and saltmarshes are very sensitive because of their complexity and relationship between land and sea.
Seagrass is an important feature of wetland too. It helps to stabilises ground and is a good source of food for fish.
Moulting Lagoon changes constantly because the dynamic of tidal and salty mouth grounds
The coastal ecosystem is fed by plant and animal matter that saltmarshes produce. This helps improve productivity in the ecosystem.
Crustacean in Samphire-Sarcocornia quinqueflora -V Prahalad
Samphire or ‘beaded glasswort’ is the deep red that can be seen along the lagoon shores. European settlers used to eat samphire.
Mimulus repens is a saltmarsh plant
Saltmarshes are also important to stop sediment in the water, which would otherwise make the coastal waters murky and less productive.
Brushtailed possums, wombats, bandicoots, echidnas, pademelons, tiger, wallabies, snakes, blue-tongued lizards and skinks are some of the land residents. Invertebrates such as beetles and bugs, native bees, flies, butterflies and aquatic invertebrates, are part of the local ecology.
This information is courtesy of Tasmania Park and Wildlife Services (PWS) http://www.parks.tas.gov.au
Tasmania Park and Wildlife and volunteers have been counting birds since 1992 (summer and winter) and has one of the largest data bases of bird counting nationally. Moulting Lagoon Eco Tours acknowledges PWS contributions and support