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Title: A trip to Tasmania, early 2021
Post by: Maggi Young on April 14, 2021, 12:44:36 PM
Alan Ayton, from Victoria in Australia is  very enthusiastic about the  flora of Tasmania.  He and his wife  visited and hiked the Overland Track through the heart of Tasmania’s wilderness back in December 2019. They  saw  some incredible scenery and endemic flora,and Alan posted  many times  about  the things they saw on that trip on his  Facebook page ... https://www.facebook.com/alan.ayton.5
He also posts about  the  flora  encountered on trips on "mainland" Australia!

Earlier this  year   they  visitied Tasmania again , this time to  hike  in the  Cradle  Moutnain area - and  he  shares  his  photos of the trip here. It's quite a trip - only a short  break, but  Alan took loads of  photos!
May take  me  a while to get them all posted!   but - MANY Thanks for  sharing, Alan!

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Tasmania, you are looking oh so fine! 

Tasmania-Meander Falls

A truly magnificent waterfall on the Meander river that tumbles down off the Great Western Tier.  Raging water certainly helped by lots of rain the night before we visited.  The track in was a 2 1/2 hour battle in over numerous flooded creek crossings that don’t normally exist, a track in many sections that were fast running creeks or massive still deep puddles, finding alternate routes or even using downed tree trunks to crawl/walk over, hanging onto trees to cross a raging creek, a climb over the route of 457m.  In all a magical experience to see a great waterfall.
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Tasmania-Meander Falls, ‘The Track’  in to see the Falls
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Title: Re: A trip to Tasmania, early 2021
Post by: Maggi Young on April 14, 2021, 12:46:20 PM
Tasmania-Meander Falls, ‘The Track’  in to see the Falls

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Title: Re: A trip to Tasmania, early 2021
Post by: Maggi Young on April 14, 2021, 12:51:22 PM
Flora of Tasmania

Gaultheria hispida
Snow Berry
An erect, much branched shrub up to 2m tall, much smaller in exposed conditions. The midrib of the leaves and branchlets have reddish bristles, leaves are ellipse to lance shaped, 4-8cm in length.  Small white urn shaped flowers in terminal or axillary groups.  White sepals enclose the reddish capsule giving the appearance of a white berry.  Tasmanian endemic found in alpine heath and alpine sedgeland and at lower altitudes as well.

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Title: Re: A trip to Tasmania, early 2021
Post by: Maggi Young on April 14, 2021, 12:52:55 PM
Trochocarpa cunninghamii
Flat Heath
A spreading shrub, leaves oval shaped with a point about 10mm long,  arranged in two opposite rows.  Young shoots have a covering of dense short hairs. Pink flowers in a crowded terminal spike.  Found in the understory of coniferous heath, heath and deciduous heath, alpine sedgeland , rainforests and subalpine forests in the western and central mountains.  A Tasmanian endemic.

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Title: Re: A trip to Tasmania, early 2021
Post by: Maggi Young on April 14, 2021, 12:54:16 PM
Impressive boulder/scree fields in the Meander conservation area under the Great Western Tiers

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Title: Re: A trip to Tasmania, early 2021
Post by: Maggi Young on April 14, 2021, 12:56:52 PM
Trochocarpa thymifolia
Thyme leaf purple berry / Thyme leaved Heath.
A much branched shrub to 1 metre tall, leaves to 4mm in length, round and slightly convex.  Flowers pink, bell shaped in a nodding terminal spike, flowering during January-February , fruit is a blueish/purple drupe.  Found in montane and subalpine habitats .  Tasmanian endemic.

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Title: Re: A trip to Tasmania, early 2021
Post by: Maggi Young on April 14, 2021, 12:58:06 PM
more  Trochocarpa thymifolia
Thyme leaf purple berry / Thyme leaved Heath.
A much branched shrub to 1 metre tall, leaves to 4mm in length, round and slightly convex.  Flowers pink, bell shaped in a nodding terminal spike, flowering during January-February , fruit is a blueish/purple drupe.  Found in montane and subalpine habitats .  Tasmanian endemic.

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Title: Re: A trip to Tasmania, early 2021
Post by: Maggi Young on April 14, 2021, 12:59:33 PM

Some of the incredible undergrowth in Tasmania’s rainforests.

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Title: Re: A trip to Tasmania, early 2021
Post by: Maggi Young on April 14, 2021, 01:04:01 PM
Leptecophylla juniperina subsp. parvifolia
Mountain Pinkberry, Crimson berry amongst others.
Dense prickly shrub to 1 metre tall, more often than not carrying long lasting colourful berries.  Leaves 6mm in length, linear-lanceolate with a point.  Small bell shaped cream flowers September-December.  Fruit-spherical berry , pink to red in colour.  Common on montane dolerite slopes and wet plains.  There are 3 sub species.  Use to be known as Cyathodes parvifolia.

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A moody Ronny Creek in a wet and cold Cradle Mountain Lake St Clair National Park  - Richea pandanifolia on the right and   Gymnoschoenus sphaerocephalus, button grass, knee to waist height, spikey  brute!



Title: Re: A trip to Tasmania, early 2021
Post by: Maggi Young on April 14, 2021, 01:06:23 PM
Utricularia dichotoma
Fairies Aprons
Carnivorous, stoloniferous herb with an erect flowering stalk 5-30cm high, short in the alpine zone.  Quite often leafless, if present they are spatula like or linear - lanceolate.  Flowers purple, lilac or sometimes white during December to February.  Found in water logged soils, ditches, pools of water from sea level to alpine herb fields and bolster heath. It has small bladders on its roots close to the surface of the soil which trap small aquatic or soil animals and digests them.

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Title: Re: A trip to Tasmania, early 2021
Post by: Maggi Young on April 14, 2021, 01:08:03 PM
Baeckea gunniana
Alpine heathmyrtle
Variable low spreading or arching woody shrub, prostrate in exposed alpine conditions, size-prostrate to 1.5 x .5-2m, leaves are crowded, 5mm long, oblong, thick and blunt.  Flowers are small, white with 5 petals and with a red or green centre during summer, common in moist alpine habitats above 800 m in Tasmania.
Also in VIC, NSW.


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Title: Re: A trip to Tasmania, early 2021
Post by: Maggi Young on April 14, 2021, 01:09:17 PM
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Title: Re: A trip to Tasmania, early 2021
Post by: Maggi Young on April 14, 2021, 01:11:21 PM
Boronia rhomboidea
Broadleaf Boronia, Rhomboid Boronia
A small alpine shrub 20-75cm tall by 50-100cm wide, rhomboid shaped leaves to 13 mm long, stalkless, dark green with a reddish margin.  Flowers-deep pink buds open to white/pink with 4 petals.  Flowering during spring and summer.  Found in moist exposed subalpine areas to 1200m, mainly in the north and northwest of Tasmania, isolated elsewhere.  Also in NSW.  A lovely little shrub


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Title: Re: A trip to Tasmania, early 2021
Post by: Maggi Young on April 14, 2021, 01:12:11 PM
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Title: Re: A trip to Tasmania, early 2021
Post by: Maggi Young on April 14, 2021, 01:14:39 PM
Olearia persoonioides
Geebung daisybush
A woody shrub growing 1.5-3m x 1-2m, smaller forms at high altitudes, leaves variable 2-5vm in length, glossy green above, white to light brown below.
Flowers have 5-7 white ray florets with a yellow disc, with 3-5 per flowering stem from late spring initiative summer.  Found in moist well drained rainforest margins and sub alpine areas of Tasmania.
Unfortunately these had finished flowering.  Photos 3 and 5 show its habitat.

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 Part of Crater Lake on the way up to Marion’s lookout in the Cradle Mountain Lake st Clair National Park. A truly remarkable landscape gouged out by glaciers in the last ice age in Tasmania.
Title: Re: A trip to Tasmania, early 2021
Post by: Maggi Young on April 14, 2021, 01:17:18 PM
Euphrasia gibbsiae subsp. discolor
Broad leaved eye bright.
A semi parasitic herb with a white or lilac, deep lilac corolla, with a yellow spot in the throat and dark purple-indigo striations extending onto the lobes.  Found on rocky places at Cradle Mountain and in the west of the state.  There are many sub species of this species making for interesting identification of them.

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Title: Re: A trip to Tasmania, early 2021
Post by: Maggi Young on April 14, 2021, 01:21:14 PM
Euphrasia gibbsiae subsp. discolor habitat

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Continuing on from our recent little holiday to Tasmania, this is the famous Kitchen Hut on the Overland Track at the base of Cradle Mountain, an historic old emergency shelter.   

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Little Horn in front of Cradle Mountain on the most mountainous island in the world, Tasmania.
Title: Re: A trip to Tasmania, early 2021
Post by: Maggi Young on April 14, 2021, 01:23:52 PM
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Cradle Mountain in all its cloudy glory!  Somewhere up there is the summit.

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On the ascent of Cradle Mountain looking towards Fury Gorge.  Another of the countless vistas and views in the Cradle Mountain Lake St Clair National Park.
Title: Re: A trip to Tasmania, early 2021
Post by: Maggi Young on April 14, 2021, 01:24:59 PM
Xerochrysum milliganii syn. Helichrysum milliganii
Snow Everlasting, Milligans everlasting.
A Herb growing to 10 x 5cm when in flower,has overlapping crowded leaves in a rosette. Papery terminal flowers on strong stems with dark pink outer bracts, white inner bracts and a small yellow disc floret, flowering in summer.  A Tasmanian endemic found on the Western and central mountains in coniferous heath, bolster heath, heath, alpine sedgeland, fjaeldmark and short grasslands.  A little beauty which wasn’t quite in flower!

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Title: Re: A trip to Tasmania, early 2021
Post by: Maggi Young on April 14, 2021, 01:29:10 PM
Senecio pectinatus var pectinatus
Yellow alpine groundsel
A stoloniferous herb with basal rosettes, leaves are crowded, oak shaped with rounded crinkly lobes to 3cm.  Flowers are solitary bright yellow on stems to 20cm, flowers during summer.  Widespread across the Tasmanian alpine areas. Also in Victoria and NSW.

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Title: Re: A trip to Tasmania, early 2021
Post by: Maggi Young on April 14, 2021, 01:30:05 PM
another  Senecio pectinatus var pectinatus

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Title: Re: A trip to Tasmania, early 2021
Post by: Maggi Young on April 14, 2021, 01:31:26 PM
"Cradle Mountain, cloudy, misty and plenty of big boulders to scramble over, we didn’t get to the top, a bit foggy and, as the younger generation would say, ‘a bit sketchy’   "

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Title: Re: A trip to Tasmania, early 2021
Post by: Maggi Young on April 14, 2021, 01:33:01 PM
Astelia alpina var. alpina
Pineapple Grass
A mat forming plant with all parts covered with silver scales, more noticeable at the base of leaves and stems.  Leaves are 6-40cm long and up to 2.8cm wide, green-grey green above, grey-silver or brown below.  Flower heads normally hidden amongst the leaves, creamy white in colour during spring, red berries more noticeable later on.  A Tasmanian endemic found in all vegetation types apart from aquatic and short alpine herb fields.  Found on nearly all mountains in Tasmania.

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Title: Re: A trip to Tasmania, early 2021
Post by: Maggi Young on April 14, 2021, 01:33:57 PM
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Title: Re: A trip to Tasmania, early 2021
Post by: Maggi Young on April 14, 2021, 01:36:04 PM
Bellendena montana
Mountain Rocket
A small rounded shrub .5-1m high x 1-2m wide, usually only to 60cm high at high altitudes.  Variable leaves, often obovate to cuneate with 3 lobes at the apex, 1-4cm long, green in colour, leathery and alternate in arrangement, stems are reddish in colour.  White to pink flowers in a terminal cluster held above the plant during summer.  Fruit is flattened and hanging in papery sacs, colour ranging from reds, yellow to orange.  A Tasmanian endemic widespread above 600m altitude. An interesting member of the Proteaceae family.

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Title: Re: A trip to Tasmania, early 2021
Post by: Maggi Young on April 14, 2021, 01:37:04 PM
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The rugged beauty of Tasmania’s wilderness. From the ascent of Cradle Mountain.
Title: Re: A trip to Tasmania, early 2021
Post by: Maggi Young on April 14, 2021, 01:38:37 PM
Planocarpa petiolaris
Alpine Cheeseberry
A small woody shrub , 15-30cm high by 30-50cm wide.  Leaves are crowded, 7mm in length rounded and taper to a point, and white underneath.  Flowers are tubular with 5 petals and hairy lobes and flowering during spring-summer.  Fruit is a dark red/black drupe.  A Tasmanian endemic found above 1200 m altitude on dolerite mountains of the central plateau and south east.  Quite a beautiful little plant.

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Title: Re: A trip to Tasmania, early 2021
Post by: Maggi Young on April 14, 2021, 01:39:45 PM
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Title: Re: A trip to Tasmania, early 2021
Post by: Maggi Young on April 14, 2021, 01:44:36 PM
Gentianella diemensis subsp. diemensis
Tasmanian snow gentian
Not quite in flower but always beautiful to see.
A rosette herb with leaves spatula shaped to lanceolate 20-30mm by 5-10mm.  Flowering stems can be unbranched or sparsely branched.  Flowers are white and sometimes with violet-grey veining on the inside.  A Tasmanian endemic which is widespread and occurs in all the mountain regions of the state.     G. diemensis ssp. diemensis, picture taken on the side of Cradle Mountain. Plants die after flowering so definitely don’t hold onto fruit.

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Title: Re: A trip to Tasmania, early 2021
Post by: Maggi Young on April 14, 2021, 01:47:38 PM
 Pimelea sericea
Alpine rice flower
A shrub to 70cm tall with leaves that are green above and hairy below arranged in a opposite formation.  Flower heads at end of branches ranging in colour from pink to white.  A Tasmanian endemic found in alpine heath and coniferous heath in the eastern and central mountains. Photos 4,5,6 show its habitat.

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Title: Re: A trip to Tasmania, early 2021
Post by: Maggi Young on April 14, 2021, 01:50:02 PM
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Cushions galore on the face track at Cradle Mountain.  Not to sit on of course, naturally the plant variety incl.  Donatia novae-zelandiae and Pterygopappus lawrencei .

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Title: Re: A trip to Tasmania, early 2021
Post by: Maggi Young on April 14, 2021, 02:07:59 PM
Pterygopappus lawrencei
Sage cushion plant
An all time favourite of mine which I’ve posted many times before.  Seen here in flower at the base of Cradle Mountain.  A Tasmanian endemic found on most mountains as either a dominant or sub dominant in bolster heath. Small solitary white flower heads in summer.

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Title: Re: A trip to Tasmania, early 2021
Post by: Maggi Young on April 14, 2021, 02:09:34 PM
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Title: Re: A trip to Tasmania, early 2021
Post by: Maggi Young on April 14, 2021, 02:11:17 PM
To round off Alan's photos from the trip :
 
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The picturesque Dove Lake from the side of Cradle Mountain.

Many thanks, Alan for  sharing your photos!
Title: Re: A trip to Tasmania, early 2021
Post by: ashley on April 14, 2021, 02:32:50 PM
Really wonderful.  Many thanks Maggi and Alan.
Title: Re: A trip to Tasmania, early 2021
Post by: Alan A on April 14, 2021, 02:42:56 PM
Thanks Ashley, and thanks Maggi for posting.  Hopefully one day we will open up to visitors from overseas again and people can visit this wonderful little island again.
Title: Re: A trip to Tasmania, early 2021
Post by: ashley on April 14, 2021, 04:51:55 PM
It was great to see your photographs Alan.  A few years ago I hiked for a few days from Scotts Peak Dam SW further into the national park.  Although it was early winter, frosty and flowers scarce, the plants were really fascinating.  Your photos reminded me to go looking for my own, lurking somewhere on an old hard-drive ;D

Tasmania is magnificent.  In addition to the high country & buttongrass moorland, the old-growth forests in the west are truly stunning.  I hope a way can be found to protect them further because they are unique and irreplaceable.
Title: Re: A trip to Tasmania, early 2021
Post by: Alan A on April 14, 2021, 11:50:56 PM
i agree totally!
Title: Re: A trip to Tasmania, early 2021
Post by: shelagh on April 15, 2021, 11:40:42 AM
Wonderful pictures thanks to all concerned. Always fancied Tasmania but I'm afraid I'm too old now.
Title: Re: A trip to Tasmania, early 2021
Post by: Gail on April 15, 2021, 12:34:04 PM
Always fancied Tasmania but I'm afraid I'm too old now.
That is of course rubbish Shelagh! If you have always wanted to do something, you should do it, as soon as pandemic permits....
Title: Re: A trip to Tasmania, early 2021
Post by: ruweiss on April 15, 2021, 08:46:00 PM
Fascinating landscape and plants.Most of these plants are quite new to me and probably
impossble to cultivate in our climate.
Many thanks to Maggi and Alan
Title: Re: A trip to Tasmania, early 2021
Post by: ArnoldT on April 15, 2021, 09:43:31 PM
Everytime I hear of Tasmania think of Eucryphia lucida and the fabulous leather wood honey
Title: Re: A trip to Tasmania, early 2021
Post by: Maggi Young on April 18, 2021, 02:45:28 PM
Late  in December 2019, Alan made  a trip to trek the  Overland  Trail in Tasmania - I'll add some  photos  from that here too.

Apologies from Maggi - they may be  "out  of  time  order" but I hope you'll get  a  flavour  of the  trail nonetheless.

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Hello Tasmania, good to  see you  again!

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"Don’t think we could of asked for a better forecast on the Overland Track this week considering the last 4+ weeks of snow and blizzards. Fingers crossed it holds out!!"


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A forest of Pandani’s, Overland Track December 2019.

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Overland Track December 2019,Looking over Button grass plain

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Reflections on the Overland Track
Title: Re: A trip to Tasmania, early 2021
Post by: Maggi Young on April 18, 2021, 03:20:51 PM
 
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Little Horn looming over the Twisted Lakes at Cradle Mountain. Quite a beautiful scene to soothe the sore leg muscles!

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Moody skies over Barn Bluff on the plateau behind Cradle Mountain.

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 Advancing across the alpine plateau towards the Pelion Mountains. Bleak and Beautiful.

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 the trail goes on... Looking towards the Pelion mountain range.
Title: Re: A trip to Tasmania, early 2021
Post by: Maggi Young on April 18, 2021, 03:24:36 PM
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The classic view of Mount Oakleigh from Pelion hut across the button grass plain. On the left in the distance you can see Barn Bluff and the slight hump at the base of Mt. Oakleigh is Cradle Mountain. 

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Sunset over Mt Oakleigh from Pelion hut posted
Title: Re: A trip to Tasmania, early 2021
Post by: Maggi Young on April 18, 2021, 03:28:02 PM
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Overland Track 2019    Mount Ossa, highest point in Tasmania, 1617m.

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Richea scoparia and mountains. On the way to the top of Mount Doris, next door to Mount Ossa.

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From Mt. Doris looking back to Mt. Oakleigh on the right, Cradle Mountain middle right and Barn Bluff middle left.

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Glaciers have been at work here leaving behind scree slopes, deep valleys and buttress shaped mountains. Beautiful country!

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‘Endless Views’ Mt. Oakleigh on the near right and Cradle Mountain in the distance slightly left.Glorious views from the side of Mt. Doris
Title: Re: A trip to Tasmania, early 2021
Post by: Maggi Young on April 18, 2021, 03:34:18 PM
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‘Endless Views’  2 looking towards the Du Cane Range from Mt. Doris.

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Mountain views just past Mt. Ossa with skeletons of what could be Athrotaxis cupressoides (Pencil Pine) from a past Bushfire.   Sadly these do not regenerate like a lot of our natives can after fire.

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Some of the obstacles you face on the Overland Track, gnarly roots which can trip you up in a blink of an eye. These are from Nothofagus cunninghamii, the Myrtle Beech, a beautiful rainforest tree with dangerous roots.
Title: Re: A trip to Tasmania, early 2021
Post by: Maggi Young on April 18, 2021, 03:37:45 PM
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Du Cane Hut.oldest hut  on the track - 1901 an old trappers hut from a bygone  era , now 'emergency only'  hut

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Hartnett Falls.

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The Du Cane range with The Acropolis and Mt Geryon from Bert Nichols Hut.
Title: Re: A trip to Tasmania, early 2021
Post by: Maggi Young on April 18, 2021, 03:41:40 PM
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‘Water, Moss and Beech trees’ beautiful Tasmanian rainforests

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Never ending vistas to look at.

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Moody skies over the alpine plateau behind Cradle Mountain. 

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Lake St. Clair, Tasmania. The end of the Overland Track and starting point for Pine Valley hiking. It’s also the deepest lake in Australia. Idyllic stroll along the lake the day after finishing the Overland Track.

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Overland track December 2019  Some of the beautiful scenery just past New Pelion hut, lovely Richea pandanifolia standing tall under light Eucalyptus forest beneath the high point of Tasmania, Mt. Ossa
Title: Re: A trip to Tasmania, early 2021
Post by: Maggi Young on April 18, 2021, 03:49:44 PM
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The classic view of Mount Oakleigh from Pelion hut across the button grass plain. On the left in the distance you can see Barn Bluff and the slight hump at the base of Mt. Oakleigh is Cradle Mountain

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Title: Re: A trip to Tasmania, early 2021
Post by: Maggi Young on April 18, 2021, 03:52:38 PM
  Ewartia meredithiae 
 The Rusty Cushionherb is a herbaceous plant forming a compact mat or cushion  2-6cm tall x 20-30cm wide, flowering in summer with white daisy flowers with a rusty red centre, this one was only just opening up, so no red centres yet.  Can be found in alpine boggy areas of the Tasmanian central plateau and western Alpine areas


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Title: Re: A trip to Tasmania, early 2021
Post by: Maggi Young on April 18, 2021, 03:55:49 PM
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Bay of fires, Tasmania. Part of the beautiful east coast of Tassie.

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Advancing across the alpine plateau towards the Pelion Mountains. Bleak and Beautiful.

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Mountains, Richea scoparia and Cushion plants.
Title: Re: A trip to Tasmania, early 2021
Post by: Yann on April 18, 2021, 11:10:42 PM
Fantastic flora and stunning landscapes  :o
Title: Re: A trip to Tasmania, early 2021
Post by: Maggi Young on April 19, 2021, 12:34:09 PM
A stunning place - and  amusing to me that Alan calls it a "little" island" ! Not  from my  perspective  it  isn't!!
Title: Re: A trip to Tasmania, early 2021
Post by: Alan A on April 19, 2021, 01:09:29 PM
Well for us on the mainland here, it is a little Island :D :), Thanks again for Sharing Maggi.
Title: Re: A trip to Tasmania, early 2021
Post by: Tristan_He on April 19, 2021, 06:48:04 PM
Completely beautiful. I'd love to go - maybe one day...

Also am I alone in having a bit of a giggle at the colonial names? I particularly liked 'Mount Doris' (wealthy maiden aunt who financed an expedition perhaps?) and 'Windermere' (we've run out of ideas for names). I also liked Kia-Ora, because of the childhood memories.... [for overseas members, Kia-Ora was a brand of orange squash popular in the 1980s]
Title: Re: A trip to Tasmania, early 2021
Post by: Yann on June 01, 2021, 08:22:00 PM
what a diversity of landscapes and wildlife  :o
Title: Re: A trip to Tasmania, early 2021
Post by: Reedsalvey on April 26, 2022, 10:50:12 AM
Wow, I now know exactly where I want to go on my next vacation. Nature is fascinating! And you have taken wonderful photos that will surely attract new tourists to Tasmania. I will look for discounts for this trip on hoopladoopla.com (https://hoopladoopla.com/category/travel). Now it is so difficult to plan trips because of the rise in the price of everything, and I want the vacation not to become a significant blow to the family budget. Does anyone know any other ways to save money during such a trip? Share your experience.
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