Wombats are hands down the best Australian animals, they beat everything else no arguments. And on Maria Island in Tasmania, there are so many of the furry critters that they’ve become an actual tripping hazard.

The island is off the coast of Tassie near Triabunna, and it’s only accessible by ferry. It has been a popular wombie hotspot for ages, but I only just learned about it and felt I must share this information with you all, in case you had NFI it existed.

The wombats here are so darn friendly you can get photos like this, if you’re lucky:

The whole tripping hazard thing is adorable, but also potentially dangerous for the little guys. East Coast Tourism chief executive Ruth Dowty told ABC Radio Hobart back in January that tourists need to be cautious around the wombats of the area, taking care not to chase them or fall on them when taking selfies.

“People are so enthralled with them, and they look so cute and cuddly, but people are getting too close,” she said.

So if you go, a few rules – don’t pick them up (der), don’t get too close if they’ve got babies with them because they’ll freak out, don’t surround them and don’t chase them if they’re walking away from you.

It seems judging from everyone’s Insta coverage though that these wombats have a vibe of the Rottnest Island quokkas – they look pretty friendly so there really shouldn’t be a need to chase any down.

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Wombat and Kangaroos at Maria Island

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The area is beautiful even if you weren’t inundated with wombats, btw.

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I trust and surrender to the process of life. ????☀️

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If you haven’t been to Maria Island yet, please DO IT! we have had it on our list for so long & planned a trip on Saturday because the weather looked good! honestly no photos can do this place justice! We can’t wait to go back & camp for a few nights to really experience all this Island has to offer. The cool ferry (bar on board) that leaves from Triabunna at 10.30 daily costs $40pp (return) & departs the island at 3.30pm. It takes 25-30 minutes. Just enough time to finish your @williesmithscider. Pack a lunch as there is no cafe etc on the island but plenty of spots to have the most picturesque picnic, this shot was taken from our lunch spot! ???? oh and wombats always included wherever you venture ✌???? . . . . . . #tassie #discovertasmania #tasmania #passionpassport #lovethisplace #ourplanetdaily #landscapes #beautifuldestinations #travel #beach #travelgram #mytravelgram #tassiestyle #explore #instatravel #tourism #travelogue #seeaustralia #travelling #igtravel #lifeofaustralia #travelpics #ocean #travelphoto #takemetoaustralia #travelphotography #arountheworld #natgeo #instatassie

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Ridiculous. See ya never, I’m off to build an illegal house in the national park and live out my new dream of becoming a wombat queen, or something.

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