Wildlife of Tasmania (5)

Wildlife of Tasmania was one of my reasons why I have decided to add Tasmania to our Australian tour. With fewer introduced predators and a relatively large amount of intact habitat, Tasmania is a final refuge for many animal species including the Tasmanian devil.

Animals

Tasmania is a natural haven for Australian wildlife. Bennetts wallabies, seals, penguins and wedge-tailed eagles can be found without venturing too far from the state’s capital, Hobart, and encounters with friendly wildlife are an almost inevitable feature of travels around the state.

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About the size of a small dog, the Tasmanian devil is the world’s largest surviving carnivorous marsupial and is found only in Tasmania. The discordant snarls, screeches and growls they make are believed to have contributed to the naming of the devil and they are often heard fighting over food and during mating.

Tasmanian devils still occur in the wild. It is believed that devils became extinct elsewhere in Australia some 500 years ago. However now there is a new threat for this unique marsupial. Devil Facial Tumour Disease is a fatal disease that has caused a massive decline in devil numbers over much of the State. DFTD is extremely unusual as it is only one of three recorded cancers that can spread and it is passed from devil to devil by biting.

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Wombat

The wombat is a large marsupial found only in Australia. Wombats are nocturnal creatures and have powerful claws and rodent-like front teeth that they use for digging extensive burrows. Being marsupials, the wombat rears its young in a pouch, however in the case of the wombat this is a backwards-facing pouch – a very useful evolutionary variation that prevents the wombat covering its young with soil when digging. Wombats weigh around 25-30 kg and are herbivores, eating mainly grasses, herbs, bark and roots. One of the best places to see wombats is in the late afternoon at Narawntapu National Park in Tasmania’s north.

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Pademelon

The pademelon is a stocky animal with a relatively short tail and legs to aid its movement through dense vegetation. It ranges in colour from dark-brown to grey-brown above and has a red-brown belly. The unusual common name, pademelon, is of Aboriginal derivation. The species is abundant and widespread throughout the state of Tasmania. It is commonly seen around many of the state’s national parks and in the suburbs of Hobart.

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In Tasmania we have visited Tasmanian Devil Zoo where you can donate and support the research regarding DFTD. We have seen there also many kangaroos.

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Freycinet National Park-Tasmania (4)

How to get there?

The park is about two and half hours from ether Hobart or Launceston. The main park entrance and visitor centre are just after Coles Bay township about 25 km from the highway.

What can’t you miss?

The Freycinet Peninsula is effectively two eroded blocks of granite joined by a sand isthmus. Definitely the imposing granite peaks and white sandy beaches are the highlights. The warm, dry weather of the east coast encourages the growth of the dry forest and heath species with wildflowers are commonly seen. It is also a heaven for lizards and frogs.

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What to do?

Freycinet has a wonderful coastal and mountain walking, ranging from short walks to the multiday Peninsula Track. There is also wildlife, wildflowers, sea kayaking, climbing or just relaxing on the beach.

What did we do there?

Our schedule and time at Tasmania was limited that’s why we have chosen for a short walk to Wineglass Bay. It was hot and humid but it’s worth it:) Wineglass Bay has been rates as one of the world’s ten best beaches. It was amazing experience and I truly recommend to visit it when you will be in Tasmania.

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I am coming back

Hello everyone,

Last months, weeks were extremely busy for me. Lots of travelling, work and other activities affected my blog (unfortunately). But no worries- batteries are loaded and I wil try to write missing posts.

What can you expect?

Missing posts from the last months:

  1. Tasmania
  2. Australia
  3. Montenegro
  4. Northern Albania
  5. Dubrovnik
  6. Oslo
  7. Berlin
  8. Rotterdam

Check my blog regularly for the newest updates🙂

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Mount Field National Park-Tasmania (3)

Getting there

Last night we spent in Derwent Bridge to save some time and move already in another area. Mt Field National Park is just about one hour drive from Hobart (the capital of Tasmania).If you will follow A10 (the Brooker Highway) you can’t miss it as there is a clearly marked entrance.

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Highlights

This beautiful national park was added to the Tasmania Wilderness World Heritage Area in 2013 what is only 3 years ago. The park has spectacular glaciated landscapes, eucalyptus forests and an amazing network of excellent walking tracks. You can choose between short walks (15 minutes each) or long full day walks.

Russell Falls– It’s one of the highlights of this National Park. You can get there within 15 minutes from main entrance. For many people this three-tier waterfall is the prettiest in Tasmania.

My opinion

If you like nature this park will be perfect for. We have enjoyed the nice forests and beautiful walks. I would give 7/10 points for this National Park.

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Cradle Mountain-Tasmania (2)

How to get there?

The Cradle Mountain is a mountain in the Central Highlands region of Tasmania. The mountain is situated in the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park.

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At 1,545 metres above the sea level, it is the fifth highest mountain in Tasmania, and is one of the principal tourist sites in Tasmania, owing to its natural beauty. The Cradle Mountain is composed of dolerite  columns, similar to many of the other mountains in the area.

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The area around the mountain has a large number of day walks, as well as being one terminus of the. Overland Track. The Overland Track winds through a variety of landscapes to its opposite end – 80.8 kilometres (50.2 mi) to the south – at Lake St Clair, Australia’s deepest lake.

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The mountain is climbed by tourists virtually year round. It is a strenuous return hike from the Dove Lake car park with a recommended allotted time of 6.5 hours. The climb up the rocky part of the mountain involves scrambling over large boulders for several hundred meters. The entire climb is exposed to any bad weather that may arrive quickly, while climbing the upper slopes in winter can be dangerous due to slick ice on the rocks and heavy snow covering holes and other hazards.

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We had a car what helped a lot to get there. You can buy different passes to enter the Cradle Mountain ( one single entrance or a multiple entrance to all national parks of Tasmania). For us this option was the cheapest one, we entered 3 National Parks🙂

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Different options

You can do different walks. All depends how much time you have and in how good shape you are. We did 6 km around the Dove Lake. You need to be lucky with weather in Tasmania. It can change rapidly. As you can see on my pictures it was cloudy this day but no rain so pretty good conditions for Tasmania.  If you ever will be in Tasmania this National Park is one from the most beautiful ones.

Northern Tasmania (1)

How long to stay?

While planning out trip to Australia it was difficult to choose detailed destinations, try to see as much as possible and enjoy in the same time. For me Tasmania was on my list to see. We decided to stay 4 and 1/2 days, you will think it is crazy because the island is huge and you can spend there easily 5 weeks. Unfortunately we are very limited with our vacation. If I could I would stay a few days longer.

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How to travel around?

I have booked our tickets with JetStar from Melbourne to Launceston (due to cheaper rates than to Hobart) and don’t regret afterwards. We have been checking some options with a travel agency which organize some tours around Tasmania but the prices were very high and their program didn’t include things which I wanted to see.

At the very last moment we booked a car ( 2 hours in advance)- I know, a bit spontaneous decision🙂  At the end we drove around and did 1600 km but will spread it in a few posts to not make you tired of Tasmania🙂

Day 1-Northern Tasmania

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We arrived at Launceston at 11.00 what gave us almost a full day of exploring. We were a bit disappointed as the weather didn’t look promising (less than 20 degrees and rain) but after less than 20 km of driving it changed completely and we had a lovely, sunny day (what doesn’t happen too often in Tasmania).

Having a car gives you an opportunity to stop as many times as you wish. We went for a lunch to local bakery and tasted local sweets. Driving is also not very difficult (on main roads) except small roads in the mountains.

Our major stops were:

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We had them more to enjoy beautiful landscapes.

Hope you enjoyed! Next 3 posts will be from different National Parks. Stay tuned!

Dubai-The city of “the most”-Part 2

Practical information

Before our trip I read a few others blogs to find some info about Dubai. What was repeated constantly is that or you will hate Dubai or you will fall in love.

uaeThe United Arab Emirates is an Arabic country where the major religion is Islam. Not sure if you visited already other countries with a similar profile but I was very positively surprised. Women ( tourists) wear “normal” clothes: tops, shorts, dresses. I felt safe, nobody bothered me, commented my outfit etc. The positive feeling was exactly opposite to situation which I had in Tunisia or even Paris or Brussels where man constantly bother you. You only have to have in mind that in case you want to visit a mosque you need to be covered.

DAY 2

Getting up and catching a taxi was a part of our morning’s rituals. Our visiting started at The Mall of Dubai where we usually had a breakfast. You can find over there a huge selection of bars, restaurants with various choice (Asian, European, Bio food , Mexican, American and many more).

The Dubai Fountain

Just outside of The Mall of Dubai you can see The Dubai Fountain which is the world’s largest choreographed fountain system set on the 30-acre manmade Burj Khalifa Lake, at the center of the Downtown Dubai. When I have seen the show it was a huge WOW. It definitely made the biggest impression on me.

You can see the show during day and by night until 23.00.

The old Dubai

Our next stop was the old, authentic Dubai. This time we took a metro from The Dubai Mall to Al Ras metro station (Green line).

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You can do a nice walk in this area. I would suggest you to take also a water taxi to have a nice view from the water.

The souk

In the old Dubai one of the major attractions is the souk where you can buy almost everything. I enjoyed some orient  herbs and local clothes.

If you need a break  try some local smoothies or shakes by the Creek.

The Dubai Marina

This part of Dubai was definitely one of my favorite. It is a very modern area with high buildings next to beautiful marina full of yachts.  It is a “Must seen”!

The Mall of Emirates

Our last point of the trip was the Mall of Emirates-The biggest shopping mall on the world. Don’t think that we don’t do anything else like shopping🙂 You can go skiing if you like-All options are available there.

My opinion

I love big cities and Dubai is one of those places where I feel the positive energy. It reminds me a bit of New York. You can definitely forget about your current life over there and explore new things. What is the most important for me that I felt safe! Don’t forget the Dubai is the city with the MOST high building , the MOST big shopping mall, the MOST fancy hotels. I could count many more but I will leave it up to you to discover🙂