Day 4-5: Tasmania, Act I

The next major destination of our recent road trip was a 445 km ferry ride South to the state of Tasmania, Australia’s largest island. After crossing the Bass Strait aboard the Spirit of Tasmania, we drove onward to Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.

Tasmania is notorious for its wet weather, but after a long day of bushwalking in mist and fog, the clouds lifted and we finally got a clear view of the picturesque Cradle Mountain.

The plus side of all that rain, fog, and dew is a brilliantly lush landscape:

During our bushwalk around Dove Lake, we were very excited to stumble upon this friendly Short-Beaked Echidna:

This cute creature, looking like a cross between a porcupine and an ant-eater, belongs to one of only two orders of monotremes, or egg-laying mammals. We were very tempted to reach out and pet it, but those spines looked sharp!

Still just our first day in Tasmania, we were delighted to see some wombats too:

We also witnessed heaps of fluffy Tasmanian pademelons bounding through our campsite:

And we got up close and personal with some Tasmanian devils, the world’s largest carnivorous marsupials, at the nearby devils conservation park:

What an exciting first day in Tasmania! On the second day we drove over 400 kms down to the South end of the island, taking stops at the southern end of the park and at Tasmania’s beloved Mt Field National Park, home to the popular Russell Falls:

Check out the rest of the photos from Cradle Mountain NP and from Mt Field NP!

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