Инстаграм @tasmaniaparks Tasmania Parks & Wildlife
The Christmas decorations are up! It's time to start looking out for the beautiful blooms of Tasmanian waratah. Our alpine parks offer great opportunities for spotting the waratah in flower. The ‘Christmas decoration’ of the bush is at its peak in December in the Cradle Valley and along the Overland Track, flowering later at higher altitudes. It can also be found at Hartz Mountains, Lake St Clair and Mount Field amongst other locations. Here are a few photos from our staff out in the field taken at Hartz Mountains, Cradle Mountain, Lake St Clair and Mount Field.
We have a fascination with cute fluffy animals and wombats seem to top the list! @irina.maximova captured this wonderful image of a wombat at Cradle Mountain recently and she described it simply: “Cutest moment of last Tasmania trip - wombat encounter.” A great example of a sensitively taken wildlife image, from a distance! Here are some ways you can help wildlife: • Don’t feed wildlife. It will harm them. • Keep a safe distance. If they approach you, remain still. • Don’t shine torches at wildlife unless you have a red light or filter. • Drive slowly between dusk and dawn. This will help prevent killing animals on the road. Help us Keep Wildlife Wild!
@chasinrainbowz has captured the glorious sight that is scoparia in bloom. “A crowded hour of glorious ecstasy.” ~ Charles Whitham (1914) ~ 📷 Frenchmans Cap, Tas, Au - Whitham’s famous quote from the summit of the mountain is now etched along with several others in the new Tahune hut. There is no record that I found of when he visited the mountain. This time of year the wildflowers in the lower slopes around Mount Muller are in full bloom. The endemic richea dracophylla (pineapple candleheath), the largest flowering heath found on the Tasman Peninsula has almost finished its flowering season ... up here in the sub alpine zone, the Scoparia are just beginning to steal the show.” Scoparia, (Richea Scoparia) is a flowering prickly shrub found in the alpine and subalpine areas of Tasmania. It is endemic to Tasmania which makes it pretty special. It flowers in early summer in shades of red, pink, gold, cream, white and more colours in between. It can be found growing in mass in some of our amazing national parks, such as Hartz Mountains, Mount Field, Tasman, Cradle Mountain - Lake St Clair and Ben Lomond. These spiky plants are feared by bushwalkers, but are a welcomed sweet treat for wallabies who enjoy the nectar from the brilliant, sweet scented flowers. Thank you for sharing such beautiful images of Frenchmans Cap Krissy!
Franklin Gordon Wild Rivers National Park - This remarkable wilderness park is a place of dramatic mountain peaks, beautiful rainforest, wild and deep river valleys and spectacular gorges. It lies in the heart of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. While much of the park is remote and inaccessible, several visitor sites give a powerful taste of this wilderness. Along the Lyell Highway a number of stops lead to a variety of short walks and viewing points. @camblakephotography shared this beautiful capture of the vistas available over the park. Cam described simply: “Wild Layers. And they say there are no Tiger out here...? Miles and miles of wild Tasmanian wilderness, a jungle playground for the "extinct" Tasmanian Tiger (Thylacine). We can only dream of the day they are found again...” Thank you for sharing Cam!
Check out this great footage of spring unfolding on the Thee Capes Track, captured by our host rangers, Nick and Jessica Hewenn! Spring is an excellent time for walking in Tassie – colourful wildflowers decorate the landscape, the days are getting longer and the winter chill has lifted (in some parts of the State, anyway!). It can also be a time of variable conditions, bringing wind, rain and even snow, so don't forget to pack your warm and waterproof gear anytime you go out bushwalking. View with sound on for best effect!
South Bruny National Park lies at the southern tip of Bruny Island off the southeast coast of Tasmania. The park encompasses all of the coastline and some of the hinterland between Fluted Cape and the southern part of Great Taylors Bay. The park offers plenty of opportunities for walking, from the short stroll to the remains of an old whaling station at Grass Point, to the more demanding Labillardiere Peninsula circuit. The walk at Grass Point commences at the Adventure Bay entrance to the national park. The track is well formed, suitable for families, keeps close to the coast and is mainly flat with a few gentle ups and downs. The views definitely make it worthwhile. @andrewwilsonphotography_ captured this beautiful image on a recent visit. Thank you for sharing with us Andrew!
Tasmania is one of the best places to view the aurora australis or southern lights, but unlike their northern counterparts, these lights are often nothing more than a subtle glow. When charged solar particles get caught in the earth's magnetic field, they interact with the atmosphere and release light, in a shifting oval around the geomagnetic poles. However, while there are land masses and people below this oval in the north, in the south we always look down at it - unless you are based at Tasmania's sub-Antarctic reserve Macquarie Island! The position of the southern geomagnetic pole means that mainland Tasmania is about as well positioned to see these glows as New Zealand. The aurora can occur at any time of year and any time of day, but it is only at night that we can perceive them - and even then, unless it is a very strong aurora, a camera might be the only way to pick up the colours. These images were taken at midnight last Sunday on the Three Capes Track by host ranger Jess Hewenn, who said that the southern horizon was faintly glowing to the naked eye. "It was enough to capture on my DSLR, but not strong enough for a walker to pick up on his phone - he got a screen full of black!"
Maria Island is special place, where breathtaking, wild beauty and close encounters with wildlife are everyday events. It’s a place of layered history, where wild ideas and visionary schemes have been sparked, and extinguished. And it’s a place where nature is a steadfast companion, and new adventures are everywhere to be found. Here you can experience World Heritage-listed convict history, and discover the stories of the many people who have tried to tame Maria. You’ll climb mountains and look over blue seas, swim in crystal clear bays and walk soft, white beaches. You’ll feel nature all around you – in the touch of the sea breeze, the smell of the forest and the sight of the wildlife that is protected here. This is a wild and gentle island, a place to linger, to leave ordinary life behind, and be enchanted. bit.ly/leaveordinarylifebehind
Ancient rocks turned sideways, intriguing sea caves, shipwrecks, humped hills covered in wildflowers, and astonishing Aboriginal cave middens, are just a few of the features of this beautiful coastal park. Although it’s a small park, Rocky Cape offers day visitors a wide variety of coastal experiences, from small sheltered beaches to banskia-dotted hillsides with sweeping views out over Bass Strait. Here you can also learn about Aboriginal life on the north-west coast, when caves were first occupied 8 to 10,000 years ago. And the beauty is not just found on the surface. Venture underwater as @bogholesbuckethats did and you’ll find an incredible display of marine species, kelp, sea sponges and more. Thank you for sharing with us Loic! . . . . . . . . . . #tasmaniaparks #tasmania #discovertasmania #australia #seeaustralia #tasmaniasnorthwest #rockycapenationalpark #rockycapenp #undertheocean #kelpforest @bogholesbuckethats
Tasmania’s Three Capes Track experience is a bushwalk. But it’s not like any you’ve experienced before. There’s you, a pack, and 46 cliff-hugging kilometres of track that’s so well crafted you’re free to enjoy your experience rather than watching every step. And the views are just about endless… @steffpoort put it simply: “Sitting on top of the world... at the bottom of Australia! 🌏🏞❣️” Thank you Steff for sharing with us! . . . . . . . . . . #tasmaniaparks #threecapestrack #tasmania #discovertasmania #seeaustralia #australia #hobartandbeyond #edgeoftheworld #ontopoftheworld #hike #hiking #tassie #australia #mountains #trek #track #ocean #view #nature #greenery #capehuay #capepillar #arthurspeak @steffpoort
St Columba Falls State Reserve, 60 Great Short Walk - It may be a short 30 minute drive from St Helens, and a short 15 minute walk to the falls, but those are the only short things about this experience. The standout is the falls: at more than 90m, one of Tasmania’s highest. The walk to the base of the falls is definitely another highlight. It takes you through cool and shady rainforest that has some of the tallest tree ferns you’ll see anywhere. Once at the lookout you’ll crane your neck as you watch the South George River tumbling down in a delightful series of steep cascades. Return uphill via the same track. And this beauty from @glenn_photographer is just downstream! Thank you for sharing with us Glenn! . . . . . . . . . . #tasmaniaparks #tasmania #discovertasmania #australia #seeaustralia #northerntasmania #stcolumbafalls #60greatshortwalks #60gsw @tasmania @australia @northerntasmania @glenn_photographer
The reds, blues and greens of Flinders Island. Makes you want to go there! @tscharke said “The amazing colours of Flinders Island as seen from Sawyers Bay. One of my favourite seascape destinations. Mount Strzelecki can be seen in the distance.” Thank you for sharing with us Luke! . . . . . . . . . . . #tasmaniaparks #tasmania #discovertasmania #australia #seeaustralia #northerntasmania #flindersisland #sawyersbay @tscharke @tasmania @australia @northerntasmania
The beauty of Mount Roland from an unusual perspective. The stunning backdrop to the Kentish Municipality, Mount Roland is a landmark that can’t be missed if you’re travelling in the northern half of Tasmania in the area around Sheffield. Its ever changing colours reflecting the weather conditions and light make it a popular subject for photographers, professional and amateur alike. Walking tracks take you right up to the summit where spectacular views reward the adventurous. Beautifully captured by @atulhaldankar Thank you for sharing with us Atul! . . . . . . . . . . #tasmaniaparks #tasmania #discovertasmania #australia #seeaustralia #tasmaniasnorthwest #mountrolandconservationarea @atulhaldankar @tasmania @australia @tasmaniasnorthwest
Throwback to when @vertigrator visited Walls of Jerusalem National Park a few years back. “It’s worth the climb. Going up Solomons Throne…” It sure looks worth it Craig, thank you for sharing! . . . . . . . . . . #tasmaniaparks #tasmania #discovertasmania #australia #seeaustralia #northerntasmania #wallsofjerusalem #solomonsthrone @vertigrator @tasmania @australia @northerntasmania
Russell Falls is one of Tasmania’s most treasured places. The falls delight every visitor and can be reached by a very easy track that suits wheelchair users and those with strollers. You can return from the falls via the same track or follow the creek back by crossing the bridge below the falls. @atulhaldankar captured this beautiful image of the walk to the falls during a recent visit. Thank you for sharing with us Atul! . . . . . . . . . . #tasmaniaparks #tasmania #discovertasmania #australia #seeaustralia #hobartandbeyond #mountfieldnatinalpark #mountfieldnp #horseshoefalls #60greatshortwalks #60gsw @atulhaldankar @tasmania @australia @hobartandbeyond
Echidnas, or spiny ant eaters as they are sometimes known, are a common sight in Tasmania. They are particularly common in dry open country on the east coast and are also found on open heathlands and in forests and can sometimes be seen slowly wandering along roadsides in its characteristic rolling gait. This little one was captured by @vertigrator and we thought it is too cute not to share! . . . . . . . . . . #tasmaniaparks #tasmania #discovertasmania #australia #seeaustralia #tasmaniasnorthwest #northerntasmania #hobartandbeyond #eastcoasttasmania #echidna @vertigrator @tamania @australia @tasmaniasnorthwest @northerntasmania @hobartandbeyond @eastcoasttasmania
A view of the Fossil Cliffs on Maria Island that’s pretty special. @tscharke shared this capture and described it like this: “That time I shot a sunrise on Maria Island and the cloud made it look like Bishop and Clerk mountain was erupting. One of my favourite patches of @tasmania.” Thank you for sharing with us Luke! . . . . . . . . . . #tasmaniaparks #tasmania #discovertasmania #australia #seeaustralia #eastcoasttasmania #mariaislandnationalpark #mariaislandnp #fossilcliffs @tscharke @tamania @australia @eastcoasttasmania