After field work I took a quick R & R trip to Tasmania. It was not exactly relaxing - being Type A I had many stops planned - but I did enjoy the trip immensely.
First I stopped by the historical convict settlement at Port Arthur. Then I moved onto another convict station (Darlington) on Maria Island. The island was a haven for local wildlife. There were many kangaroos and wombats! And Maria Island has one of the only stable, non-diseased populations of Tasmanian Devils in the world. I did not see one but I did hear them at night. The island history was also fascinating and I enjoyed seeing the old building remains and visiting the remaining historical buildings on the island (the old penitentiary is now used as hostel-like housing for visitors).
Next, I made my way to Narawntapu National Park. They are supposed to be known for numerous wombats - I saw not a one! I did see many birds, kangaroos, wallabies, and pademelons.
Cradle Mountain was my next stop and it was beautiful! I saw my only echidna on this trip as well as a few more wombats. I also found my only orchid on this trip as well! Also many of the paths were raised to prevent harming the alpine vegetation.
I stayed a couple of nights in Hobart and got to check out the MONA, Tasmanian Museum and Botanical Gardens. The Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) was fantastic. I saw many paintings and sculptures of modern and historic artists that I had only seen online - I was very excited! The Tasmanian Museum had great exhibits on the local fauna (including the extinct Thylacine) and history of the state. And of course I could not go to a state capital city of Australia and not visit the Botanical Garden!
Then it was back to Brisbane for more seed counting...
Some more pictures from my trip below: