Photo courtesy of Morgan Elaine Photography.
The Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park is like no other place in the world for many reasons. It is home to Mount Ossa, Tasmania’s highest mountain (1617m) and Lake St. Clair, the Australian continent’s deepest natural freshwater lake (167m), which was slowly carved away by glaciers over the past 2 millions years. Not to mention, Tasmania and Australia’s only deciduous tree, the Nothofagus gunni, loved for it’s brilliant Autumnal display, calls Cradle Mountain home. Yet, Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park is perhaps most famously known for the incredibly high abundance of endemic plants and birds, meaning organisms that live nowhere else in the world. Recent studies suggest that 40-55% of the park’s alpine plants and 10 species of birds are endemic to Tasmania, further supporting the notion that there’s no place on Earth like Cradle Mountain. Not to mention, wombats are incredibly abundant all throughout the park, and who doesn't love wombats?