An Island of Inspiration: Tasmania

Posted on November 5, 2012 by

We’ve just spent a week exploring Tasmania, an island 150 miles (240 km) away from mainland Australia – so similar yet different in every sense of the word. Having been separated from the continent about 10,000 years ago, Tasmania and its wildlife have evolved into a unique world packed with endemic flora and fauna. It is best known as the natural state, where almost 37% of it are reserves, national parks and World Heritage Sites. Due to all these elements, Tasmania is also home to some of the last remaining species of animals found in Australia such as the Tasmanian Devil.

From the Jurassic dolerite seacliffs of the Tasman Peninsula to the world-famous Cradle Mountain, we traversed the island from the northeast to the southwest, covering as much of the island as we could in a week. For an island of this size, it sure packs a lot in – mountains, beaches, and all sorts of vegetation.  To share with you the sheer beauty of this island, here are some photos Alberto shot over the past week. Enjoy!

Cradle Mountain

The dramatic landscapes of Cradle Mountain – with Lake Lilla in the foreground and Lake Dove at the back

Temperate forests in Cradle Mountain

Walking through the wet temperate forest surrounding the Waterfalls Trail in Cradle Mountain National Park

Mount Roland

Mount Roland rises from the bright green prairies of Central Tasmania

Gordon River

Islands and lighthouses dot the World Heritage Site surrounding Gordon River

rapids in the temperate forests

Water flows in the form of gushing rapids through the forests in Cradle Mountain NP

In the Heritage Landing

A beautifully colored leaf found in the Heritage Landing, Gordon River

At Cradle Mountain overlooking Dove Lake

That’s us shivering in Cradle Mountain – Lake St Claire National Park, after it had snowed the previous night

Cataract Gorge in Launceston

The rugged Cataract Gorge – in the heart of Launceston

Tasmanian Devil in Cradle Mountain

A Tasmanian Devil runs around like a busy chipmunk in Cradle Mountain

Australian fur seal on Tasman Island

A colony of Australian fur seals reside on Tasman Island – and the voyage there wa cold and treacherous, yet well worth it

the fluke of a whale

Off the Tasman Peninsula, we spotted the fluke of a whale

a peacock making an appearance at Cataract Gorge

A peacock flamboyantly shows off her feathers at Cataract Gorge

a pademelon

A cute Tasmanian pademelon lingers close to our cabin at Cradle Mountain

Disclaimer: Our trip was made possible by Tourism Tasmania, but all opinions expressed above are our own.

About Nellie Huang

Nellie Huang is the co-founder of WildJunket. As a professional travel writer with a special interest in offgrid destinations and adventure travel, she scours through the world in search for a slice of undiscovered paradise. In her quest, she's climbed an active volcano in Guatemala, swam with sealions in the Galapagos and built a school in Tanzania.

15 Responses to “An Island of Inspiration: Tasmania”

  1. slioy November 5, 2012 10:52 am #

    Beautiful shots! This is somewhere I've never really considered going until just now, but these photos definitely sell me on Tasmania.

  2. Dayna November 6, 2012 12:41 am #

    Hey guys,

    Nice photos, but (sorry to be a party pooper) you’ve got the captions on the Cradle Mountain (1st & 7th) photos slightly wrong.

    1st photo would appear to be Lake Lilla in the fore ground, with Lake Dove behind, Marion’s Peak to the far right and part of Cradle Mtn sticking up just to the left of it.
    Thus, (for caption of photo 7) while you’re IN Cradle Mountain – Lake St Claire National Park (freezing your butts off) you’re not actually ON Cradle Mountain.

    Sorry. Really nice photos though!

    • Nellie December 4, 2012 7:05 am #

      Oops thanks for pointing that out! We'll make the changes now.

  3. Jesse November 6, 2012 1:14 am #

    Truly some amazing captures to keep. I hope you don't mind grabbing some of this to share in my Pinterest account.

    • Nellie December 4, 2012 7:05 am #

      Of course we'll be more than happy for you to share them in Pinterest, thank you so much!

  4. Paul November 6, 2012 8:22 pm #

    Tasman Peninsula to the world-famous Cradle Mountain are nice places on the world. Have just written a similar article

  5. Kms November 8, 2012 7:17 am #

    Loved seeing these pics! I was fortunate enough to grow up on this island and miss it like crazy! Truly unique and beautiful in all aspects! 1 week is definitely not enough to see all Tasmania has to offer

  6. nandini February 23, 2013 4:07 am #

    beautiful place lovin it

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  11. Donald Saelinger Law April 1, 2013 7:22 am #

    Are these photos real, they are amazing I can't believe we could have such nice places in our world?

  12. Canyoning Wales April 25, 2013 3:25 am #

    Great images, it looks like the land of the lost. Any ideas why its called the Tazmania Devil? It looks friendly enough. Did you get a chance to check out the famous surfing wave, ship stern buff. It's absolutely crazy, I've never been there myself but just looking at the videos alone is enough to give me shivers.

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