Taranna is a small Tasmanian town with a lot to offer

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The sleepy settlement of Taranna, just north of the famous Port Arthur Historic Site on the Tasman Peninsula, is a quaint Tasmanian town that is well worth the visit.

While it might not carry the reputation of the island state's more celebrated cities, national parks and mountains, a trip to Taranna is the ideal way to experience local culture and friendly hospitality.

And visitors to the beautiful seaside location may enjoy taking the time to visit its two major highlights – the Tasmanian Devil Park and the Federation Chocolate Factory.

At the park you can watch playful Tasmanian devils running around together or quarrelling at feeding time.

In fact, there is no better place in the world to see such a large group of these unique creatures interacting.

A fabulous breeding programme and dedicated staff ensure lots of little imps can be found roaming the park and these baby devils represent the future of the entire species.

The park is 100 per cent dedicated to wildlife protection and rescue, meaning your visit contributes to the conservation of a variety of precious animals.

Although the devils are undoubtedly the park's prime attraction, don't miss out on the spectacular and mesmerising sea eagle show.

For something completely different, an afternoon at the chocolate factory is an absolute must for all sweet tooths.

As you watch the fine handmade chocolates being produced right in front you, it is virtually impossible not to be tempted by these delicate creations.

Unusual flavours such as apple and licorice mean that no visit is complete without trying something a little bit different.

Whilst there you can also stop by at the excellent Federation Heritage Museum to take in its rich convict history and splendid display of saw-milling and blacksmithing artifacts.

Don't forget to bring all-weather clothing to Taranna – the peninsula is affected by winds from Frederick Henry Bay throughout the year.

Sunset at Taranna

Devil at Tasmanian Devil Park Taranna

Federations Chocolates Range

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  • Rachael says:

    I thoroughly recommend the Devil Park – it is fantastic. It’s three years since we went and I believe there have been a number of improvements since then. At that time there was a ‘bird of prey’ show and it was fabulous.

    The chocolate factory wasn’t quite as wonderful… I loved it, but it wasn’t what I expected. Very low key.

    We also stayed in Taranna as our base for visting Port Arthur and other Peninsula site and it was a great location.

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