Nature and Wildlife
Tasmania is a treasure trove of natural wonders with stunning landscapes, unique plants and animals and a rich diversity of sea life. Being a compact island, it's easy to access its many diverse environments - from alpine ranges, wetlands and grasslands to coastal heaths and vast temperate rainforests.
The island's glaciated landscapes were shaped by previous ice ages and many of Tasmania's plants and wildlife are living evidence of the breakup of the super-continent of Gondwana, millions of years ago. This natural wonderland supports a population of mammals, birds, frogs, reptiles and invertebrates, many of which are ancient in origin and endemic to Tasmania including the Tasmanian devil, eastern quoll, pademelon and bettong.
Tasmania's plant species are also as diverse as its many environments and include a huge range of eucalypts, ancient conifers such as the Huon pine and Australia's only native deciduous native plant, the Fagus.
For the nature lover, there's plenty to discover in Tasmania.