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!
The dramatic landscapes of Cradle Mountain – with Lake Lilla in the foreground and Lake Dove at the back
Walking through the wet temperate forest surrounding the Waterfalls Trail in Cradle Mountain National Park
Mount Roland rises from the bright green prairies of Central Tasmania
Islands and lighthouses dot the World Heritage Site surrounding Gordon River
Water flows in the form of gushing rapids through the forests in Cradle Mountain NP
A beautifully colored leaf found in the Heritage Landing, Gordon River
That’s us shivering in Cradle Mountain – Lake St Claire National Park, after it had snowed the previous night
The rugged Cataract Gorge – in the heart of Launceston
A Tasmanian Devil runs around like a busy chipmunk in Cradle Mountain
A colony of Australian fur seals reside on Tasman Island – and the voyage there wa cold and treacherous, yet well worth it
Off the Tasman Peninsula, we spotted the fluke of a whale
A peacock flamboyantly shows off her feathers at Cataract Gorge
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.