After an exciting first day to my holiday at Cradle Mountain, I was pumped to discover what awaited me the next day. And I wasn’t disappointed!
My friends at work told me to make sure to visit a place called Ronny Creek and guaranteed that I would see plenty of wombats there. Well, they weren’t wrong!
After registering my walk at the shelter, watched by this wet black currawong, I headed off to see if I could find some wombats.
It was only after a few minutes walk that I stopped to take in my surroundings and get some photos. It was so quiet, just the occasional bird call and the constant, soft babbling of the little streams meandering around the boardwalk.
Then a movement caught my eye near my feet!
This wombat was too interested in eating and couldn’t care less what I was doing, so I took a video of him.
This would have to be my best wombat encounter ever!
And then I started looking around more closely, and what do you know – wombats were everywhere! They blend in so well with their environment they can be difficult to spot, but once you start looking for them, they just seem to pop up out of nowhere!
Wombats are nocturnal creatures however on days that are rainy and overcast they will often come out of their burrow in search if more grass to eat.
I decided to walk on to Waldheim and see what was there. The whole track was about 1 km long but it took me ages, because, you know, animals! 🙂
After only a few minutes walking, this happened!
It snowed! Only briefly, but wow, it was great! Freezing cold, but great! 😀
The pandani palms in the photo above are only found in Tasmania and are the largest heath plant in the world. They are found in sub alpine environments, which is what the Cradle Mountain area is. These plants survive the cold conditions because their old leaves remain on the trunk to provide insulation. (You can see that my holiday was also educational lol)
The sun made a very brief appearance along the way.
And yes, there were more wombats to see on the way to Waldheim!
Most of the wombats seen were busily munching grass oblivious to what was going on around them, but a few times I spied one of the move.
As it was getting late, since I was taking so long watching wombats, I decided to turn around and head back so I didn’t miss the last shuttle bus, otherwise it was going to be a very, very long walk back to the cabin! But I knew I could come back another day and explore what was at Waldheim further.
And more wombats were spotted all the way back to the bus stop. They were probably the same ones I saw before.
It was really exciting that not only were there plenty of wombats to see at Ronny Creek, but that they were often close to the boardwalk making it easy to watch them and take pictures of them. Although it was difficult to see their faces as they were eating and heading away from the boardwalk, so much of the time you just saw their back end!
Here’s a wombat having a scratch!
Back at the cabin in the late afternoon, I was looking forward to a rest after an exciting day of wombat spotting, but I got distracted when several pademelons turned up. They are just too cute for their own good!
I also saw this Forest Raven in a tree near the cabin.
And these two black currawongs turned up looking for a feed. They also got some apple to eat like the pademelons.
That poor bird with the extra long beak! I don’t know why it’s like that. It’s been around for a fair while too, as I noticed several visitors had written in the cabin’s guestbook since 2016 about a black currawong with a long beak (I needed some reading material one night lol).
I took a video of how the bird has adjusted to eating with its extra long beak.
As if all that wasn’t enough excitement for one day, I discovered that night what had been making some mysterious noises the night before. I had just settled in for the night when the noises started again, so I threw on my coat and boots, turned on the outside light and opened the door to find a rather startled brushtail possum!
Of course, I raided my bag of apples again and gave him a few pieces. He wasn’t tame enough to hand feed but he looked like he enjoyed the treat.
What an eventful day!
My next post will be about a walking track that was well out of my comfort zone! 🙂