What to see on Tasmania island in the other side of the globe. It is located 240 km south of Australia (and one of its states) separated by the Bass Strait. From 1803 the island began to be inhabited by convicts brought here from England – thus the British Empire prevented France from taking control of Tasmania. Later, other settlers gradually began to arrive, which turned out to be naturally catastrophic for the local people – the aborigines. The island is named after the Dutch traveler Abel Tasman, who discovered it in 1642.
I was in Tasmania at the end of December, when summer is in full swing in this part of the world. It was very interesting for me to visit the Bonorong Wildlife Park – some of the species are found only here and nowhere else, and others have the last chance to exist and not disappear from the face of the earth and so after a short bus ride from Hobart – the capital of Tasmania, we found ourselves in the wildlife park “Bonorong”.
What to visit on Tasmania island
- Bonorong Wildlife Park
- Wellington Mountain
- Lake Dobson
- Russell Falls
- The capital Hobart
- Savage River National Park
What to see on Tasmania island, people in love with animals work here and they take care of them with all their heart. Here are bred animals that have lost their parents, injured, sick or are breeding those whose numbers in nature have decreased alarmingly. Strict rules are applied in the park and in order not to stress the animals – guests are not allowed to pet or hug the animals. This can only happen if the animal “shows interest” – the animals are not forced to “communicate” with visitors.
For the pleasure of the guests, food and kangaroo food can be bought and if it allows it can be touched and petted. Any other food is prohibited as it may have an adverse effect on animal health. The word “bonorong” is aboriginal and means a close companion. Various animals can be seen in the park – echidnas, which with the platypus are the only mammals that lay eggs; herbivorous koalas, wombats and kangaroos.
Quolls – cat-like predators, the Tasmanian devil – a small, not at all like the devil, cute carnivore – all these animals are dicotyledons – carry in their bags on their bellies their weak cubs. The activity of the park is educational, breeding and care for injured and abandoned animals. The nature of the island is amazing. This is what I saw and felt when I visited the mountains Wellington and Field.
Wellington Mountain with its peak of 1271 meters is a beautiful backdrop against which stands out the capital of Tasmania – Hobart. The view from the top of the mountain is breathtaking and the eyes can not get enough of the beautiful nature – I try to absorb all this in my mind …. The walk in the Mountain Park National Park was like a walk in a fairy tale – beauty surrounded us from everywhere. The mountain is 1434 meters high – while in the wildlife park “Bonorong” the temperature was over 30 degrees and the sun was burning relentlessly, here the temperature dropped to 12 degrees.
The magical planned walk was unforgettable with the beautiful 37-meter-high Russell Falls, Lake Dobson, formed by the melting of a glacier hundreds of thousands of years ago, and Horseshoe fall. Big ferns and tall trees surrounded us from everywhere. There were also old, timeless giants who lay crushed on the ground, covered with moss and ferns. We were lucky to meet the smallest species of kangaroo in the forest – when we saw it we immediately fell silent, froze and started shooting it – it stayed like that for about 30 seconds, as if posing, then hid in the forest and we looked at each other and smiled happily as winners. . I wish you all pleasant travels and emotions.