Touring Tasmania
Australia's Island & Smallest State

By John Sou, Sydney, Australia
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Near my pine cabin at the Cradle Mountain Lodge (in Cradle Valley), there were many native animals including the Wallaby above, which is part of the Kangaroo family. On my way back to my cabin room, while I was walking the wooden plank (a shortcut to the room), the Tasmanian Devil at the left came galloping towards me. I slowed down and quietly snapped this picture. Sarcophilus harrisii is the world's largest surviving carnivorous marsupial






 This is Wychwood Garden in Mole Creek (north-central Tasmania). It is one of the more attractive "Open Garden" displays I've seen in this part of Tasmania. I saw many unusual plants growing including the Californian Tree Poppy (Romneya coulteri) below left and Gunnera tinctoria below right.




  < One of the rather interesting local accommodations was the Pennyroyal Inn in Launceston. It was really "done-up" in traditional style. The main reception building was heavily covered with Parthenocissus quinquefolia. Within the complex, there was a pond with hardy water lilies growing. >

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