Trip to Tassie

Tasmanian waratah -  Telopea truncata

Tasmanian waratah - Telopea truncata

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.

Port Arthur Penitentiary

Port Arthur Penitentiary

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).

Darlington, Maria Island

Darlington, Maria Island

Kangaroos at Narawntapu NP

Kangaroos at Narawntapu NP

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.

Dove Lake, Cradle Mountain

Dove Lake, Cradle Mountain

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. 

Erwin Wurm's  Fat Car  at MONA

Erwin Wurm's Fat Car at MONA

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: