Stopover in the cradle

Dove creek waterfall
tree covered with lichen

If one really wants to see big parts of the park, one should do the long distance hiking track. That is really a great thing to do, but for this time, it was not on our list. We had a short stroll around and felt we might return, but later we changed our minds. But as a matter of fact, this is a place to see a really compressed picture of Tasmanian wildlife. Even though a part of this wildlife may be planted and the other one attracted in some way - still, it's here and it's in the wild.

To me the most remarkable part of Tasmanian wilderness is the aboundance and size of lichens, mosses and ferns. They grow up to a size I haven't seen before, they develope shapes and colours as if in a fairy tale. I could have spent ages only gazing at them.

lichen and moss lichen on a dead branch in Cradle Mountain National Park
Celery-top pine Richea

Two very Tasmanian fellows: The Celery-top pine that can be found pretty much everywhere here, is in fact a conifer and therefore should have acicular, needle-like leaves. But it plays tricks with us: the tree has no leaves of what ever shape at all. At one stage in the past, leaves were a bad idea, maybe due to draught. The plant needed something more solid with less evaporation. So the young twigs went green and flat to take over the function. All you see is twigs, no leaves.
The one on the right looks very much like a Bromelia, like a Pandanus or other things that should not be here - in fact, it's a member of the heath family, a Richea. It might be dracophylla or pandanifolia, anyway a beautiful shrub.

Leptospermum rupestre


One of the local Tea trees of Tasmania is Leptospermum rupestre. We found it on many places, never in a thick way, always charming, flowering and decorative.


The plant with the red bell-shaped flowers is a Tasmanian Christmas bell. It may have lost it's calendar flowering in February. Christmas bells also make decorative garden plants when provided with suitable conditions.

Tasmanian Christmas bells?

This little Echidna came along the NP centre main road. It appeared absolutely careless - very different from the shy specimen I came across in Victoria. Still, it was quick and busy, not much time for photographs.

Tasmanian pademelon with joey

Not rare, but really cute: Tasmanian pademelons. They went for their breakfast in early afternoon and did not care at all for visitors trying to get the best possible picture of them. They remained absolutely relaxed as if humans simply weren't there. One might suspect they are paid by the National Park to pose for the visitors.

Bennets wallaby going home from work

The proof! A Bennetts wallaby only minutes after 5 p.m. going home from work. Who, if not staff members, would go here?

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