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Originally thought to be part of the Australian mainland, Tasmania was first discovered by the Dutch navigator Abel Tasman in 1642. It is often called the "island of inspiration", owing to its large and relatively unspoiled wilderness areas (over 30% of the state is designated as reserves, national parks and World Heritage Sites).
Tasmania's compact size and fertile, uninhabited environment distinguish it from the Australian mainland. It is the most mountainous state in Australia and home to the world-famous Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park.
The rugged mountains and impenetrable forests are part of the reason why Tasmania has resisted human settlement, but it's a paradise for a wide variety of animals, including the Tasmanian devil and duck-billed platypus.
Dove Lake and Cradle Mountain, Tasmania, Australia, February 2007  -  Steve Nicholls
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Steve Nicholls / Dove Lake and Cradle Mountain, Tasmania, Australia, February 2007
Forester Kangaroo family {Macropus giganteus tasmaniensis} a subspecies of Eastern Grey Kangaroo, Tasmania, Australia.  -  Dave Watts,Dave Watts
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Dave Watts,Dave Watts / Forester Kangaroo family {Macropus giganteus tasmaniensis} a subspecies of Eastern Grey Kangaroo, Tasmania, Australia.
Headland coastline clad in granite boulders covered in red lichen, Mount William National Park, Purdon Bay, Mount William National Park, Tasmania, Australia December 2006  -  Steven David Miller
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Steven David Miller / Headland coastline clad in granite boulders covered in red lichen, Mount William National Park, Purdon Bay, Mount William National Park, Tasmania, Australia December 2006
'Last golf for 25000 km' sign Mt Field NP, Tasmania, Australia Southwest NP, Tasmanian wilderness world heritage area  -  Martin Gabriel
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Martin Gabriel / 'Last golf for 25000 km' sign Mt Field NP, Tasmania, Australia Southwest NP, Tasmanian wilderness world heritage area
Turnstone {Arenaria interpres} flock roosting beside water, winter plumage. Tasmania, Australia  -  Dave Watts
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Dave Watts / Turnstone {Arenaria interpres} flock roosting beside water, winter plumage. Tasmania, Australia
Eucalyptus forest and wetlands, near Mt Field NP + Maydena, Tasmania, Australia  -  Martin Gabriel
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Martin Gabriel / Eucalyptus forest and wetlands, near Mt Field NP + Maydena, Tasmania, Australia
Eastern grey kangaroo hopping {Macropus giganteus} Tasmania, Australia  -  Dave Watts
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Dave Watts / Eastern grey kangaroo hopping {Macropus giganteus} Tasmania, Australia
Short beaked echidna, Tasmania, Australia  -  Pete Oxford
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Pete Oxford / Short beaked echidna, Tasmania, Australia
Temperate rainforset, Hogarth Falls, nr Strahan, west coast, Tasmania, Australia  -  David Noton
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David Noton / Temperate rainforset, Hogarth Falls, nr Strahan, west coast, Tasmania, Australia
Montezuma Falls, a temperate rainforest waterfall nr Rosebery, western region of Tasmania, Australia  -  David Noton
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David Noton / Montezuma Falls, a temperate rainforest waterfall nr Rosebery, western region of Tasmania, Australia
Russell falls (45m), Mountfield NP, Tasmania, Australia  -  Pete Oxford
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Pete Oxford / Russell falls (45m), Mountfield NP, Tasmania, Australia
Russell falls viewed from behind the falls, Mount Field NP, Tasmania, Australia  -  Martin Gabriel
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Martin Gabriel / Russell falls viewed from behind the falls, Mount Field NP, Tasmania, Australia
Tasmanian devil {Sarchopilus harrisii} juvenile emerging from den in rainforest, Tasmania, Australia  -  Dave Watts
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Dave Watts / Tasmanian devil {Sarchopilus harrisii} juvenile emerging from den in rainforest, Tasmania, Australia
Tasmanian devil yawning {Sarcophilus harrisii} captive,Tasmania Australia.  -  John Cancalosi
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John Cancalosi / Tasmanian devil yawning {Sarcophilus harrisii} captive,Tasmania Australia.
Tasmanian devil {Sarcophilus harrisii} scavenging common Wombat carcass, Mt Williams NP, Tasmania  -  Dave Watts
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Dave Watts / Tasmanian devil {Sarcophilus harrisii} scavenging common Wombat carcass, Mt Williams NP, Tasmania
Tasmanian devil portrait {Sarcophilus harrisii} taken in the wild, Tasmania. Endangered species.  -  Dave Watts
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Dave Watts / Tasmanian devil portrait {Sarcophilus harrisii} taken in the wild, Tasmania. Endangered species.
Dawn at Sleepy Bay, Freycinet Peninsula, Freycinet National Park, east coast, Tasmania, Australia  -  David Noton
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David Noton / Dawn at Sleepy Bay, Freycinet Peninsula, Freycinet National Park, east coast, Tasmania, Australia
Red lichen on the rocks at Coles Bay with the Hazards beyond, Freycinet Peninsula, Freycinet National Park, east coast, Tasmania, Australia  -  David Noton
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David Noton / Red lichen on the rocks at Coles Bay with the Hazards beyond, Freycinet Peninsula, Freycinet National Park, east coast, Tasmania, Australia
The Henty Dunes, nr Strahan, west coast, Tasmania, Australia  -  David Noton
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David Noton / The Henty Dunes, nr Strahan, west coast, Tasmania, Australia
The Henty Dunes slowly encroaching on the inland forest, west coast, nr Strahan, Tasmania, Australia  -  David Noton
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David Noton / The Henty Dunes slowly encroaching on the inland forest, west coast, nr Strahan, Tasmania, Australia
Hells Gates, the entrance to Macquarie Harbour, nr Strahan, Tasmania, Australia  -  David Noton
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David Noton / Hells Gates, the entrance to Macquarie Harbour, nr Strahan, Tasmania, Australia
Red lichen on the rocks at Coles Bay with the Hazards mountains beyond. Freycinet Peninsula, Freycinet National Park, Tasmania, Australia.  -  Roberto Rinaldi
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Roberto Rinaldi / Red lichen on the rocks at Coles Bay with the Hazards mountains beyond. Freycinet Peninsula, Freycinet National Park, Tasmania, Australia.
Hawknest Cove, Wineglass Bay, Freycinet NP, Tasmania, Australia  -  Steven David Miller
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Steven David Miller / Hawknest Cove, Wineglass Bay, Freycinet NP, Tasmania, Australia
Friendly beaches, Frevcinet NP, Tasmania, Australia  -  Rob Tilley
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Rob Tilley / Friendly beaches, Frevcinet NP, Tasmania, Australia
Royal penguins (Eudyptes schlegeli). Sandy Bay, Macquarie Island Tasmania, Australia  -  Pete Oxford
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Pete Oxford / Royal penguins (Eudyptes schlegeli). Sandy Bay, Macquarie Island Tasmania, Australia
Royal penguins (Eudyptes schlegeli). Sandy Bay, Macquarie Island, Tasmania, Australia  -  Pete Oxford
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Pete Oxford / Royal penguins (Eudyptes schlegeli). Sandy Bay, Macquarie Island, Tasmania, Australia
Royal Penguins {Eudyptes schlegeli} arguing, Sandy Bay, Macquarie Island, Tasmania, Australia  -  Pete Oxford
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Pete Oxford / Royal Penguins {Eudyptes schlegeli} arguing, Sandy Bay, Macquarie Island, Tasmania, Australia
Tourist photographing Royal penguin on beach on Macquarie Island, Tasmania, Australia  -  Pete Oxford
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Pete Oxford / Tourist photographing Royal penguin on beach on Macquarie Island, Tasmania, Australia
Tasmanian Waratah bush (Telopea truncata) in bloom, below Weindorfers Tower, Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park, Tasmania Island, Australia, December  -  Oriol Alamany
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Oriol Alamany / Tasmanian Waratah bush (Telopea truncata) in bloom, below Weindorfers Tower, Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park, Tasmania Island, Australia, December
New Holland / Yellow Winged Honeyeater (Phylidonyris novaehollandiae) perched by flowers.~Tasmania, Australia, January.  -  Dave Watts
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Dave Watts / New Holland / Yellow Winged Honeyeater (Phylidonyris novaehollandiae) perched by flowers.~Tasmania, Australia, January.
Soft tree fern (Balantium antarcticum) in forest, Tasmania, Australia, January  -  Steve Nicholls
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Steve Nicholls / Soft tree fern (Balantium antarcticum) in forest, Tasmania, Australia, January
A diver photographs in a giant kelp forest (Macrocystis pyrifera). Fortescue Bay, Tasmania, Australia. Tasman Sea. This is the same species of giant kelp which is widespread on the Pacific coast of No...  -  Alex  Mustard
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Alex Mustard / A diver photographs in a giant kelp forest (Macrocystis pyrifera). Fortescue Bay, Tasmania, Australia. Tasman Sea. This is the same species of giant kelp which is widespread on the Pacific coast of No...
Eastern grey kangaroo (Macropus giganteus) family group, male, female and large joey, Tasmania, Australia, February  -  Dave Watts
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Dave Watts / Eastern grey kangaroo (Macropus giganteus) family group, male, female and large joey, Tasmania, Australia, February
Superb Fairy wren (Malurus cyaneus) female Tasmania, Australia  -  Dave Watts
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Dave Watts / Superb Fairy wren (Malurus cyaneus) female Tasmania, Australia
Draughtsboard Shark / Australian Swellshark (Cephaloscyllium laticeps) swims through a giant kelp forest (Macrocystis pyrifera). Like a pufferfish, this species of shark is able to rapidly swell with...  -  Alex Mustard
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Alex Mustard / Draughtsboard Shark / Australian Swellshark (Cephaloscyllium laticeps) swims through a giant kelp forest (Macrocystis pyrifera). Like a pufferfish, this species of shark is able to rapidly swell with...
Cradle Mountain reflected in Lake Dove in evening light, Cradle Mountain Lake St Clair NP, Tasmania, Australia  -  Steven David Miller
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Steven David Miller / Cradle Mountain reflected in Lake Dove in evening light, Cradle Mountain Lake St Clair NP, Tasmania, Australia
Boatshed, Lake Dove, Cradle Mountain, Lake St. Clair NP, Tasmania Australia. Ballroom Forest Track  -  Steven David Miller
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Steven David Miller / Boatshed, Lake Dove, Cradle Mountain, Lake St. Clair NP, Tasmania Australia. Ballroom Forest Track
Dove Lake and Cradle Mountain from Picnic Cove, CM-Lake St Clair National Park, Tasmania  -  Steven David Miller
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Steven David Miller / Dove Lake and Cradle Mountain from Picnic Cove, CM-Lake St Clair National Park, Tasmania
Platypus {Ornithorhynchus anatinus} emerging from burrow beside stream, Tasmania, Australia  -  Dave Watts
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Dave Watts / Platypus {Ornithorhynchus anatinus} emerging from burrow beside stream, Tasmania, Australia
Platypus swimming in water {Ornithornhynchus anatinus} native to East Australia and Tasmania. Poisonous monotreme mammal that lays eggs and then incubates them in a burrow.  -  Dave Watts
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Dave Watts / Platypus swimming in water {Ornithornhynchus anatinus} native to East Australia and Tasmania. Poisonous monotreme mammal that lays eggs and then incubates them in a burrow.
Black swan portrait {Cygnus atratus} Tasmania, Australia  -  Pete Oxford
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Pete Oxford / Black swan portrait {Cygnus atratus} Tasmania, Australia
Pair of Black swans {Cygnus atratus}  Tasmania, Australia  -  Pete Oxford
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Pete Oxford / Pair of Black swans {Cygnus atratus} Tasmania, Australia
Grey Teal (Anas gracilis) Tasmania, Australia  -  Dave Watts
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Dave Watts / Grey Teal (Anas gracilis) Tasmania, Australia
Masked Lapwing (Vanellus miles) wading in shallow water, Tasmania, Australia  -  Dave Watts
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Dave Watts / Masked Lapwing (Vanellus miles) wading in shallow water, Tasmania, Australia
Tasmanian devil {Sarcophilus harrisii} young outside the den, Tasmania, Australia. Endangered species.  -  Dave Watts
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Dave Watts / Tasmanian devil {Sarcophilus harrisii} young outside the den, Tasmania, Australia. Endangered species.
Tasmanian devil adults fighting {Sarcophilus harrisii} Mt William NP, Tasmania  -  Dave Watts
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Dave Watts / Tasmanian devil adults fighting {Sarcophilus harrisii} Mt William NP, Tasmania
Eastern quoll, pale phase {Dasyurus viverrinus} Tasmania, Australia  -  Dave Watts
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Dave Watts / Eastern quoll, pale phase {Dasyurus viverrinus} Tasmania, Australia
Eastern Quoll {Dasyurus viverrinus} dark phase, Tasmania, Australia.  -  Dave Watts
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Dave Watts / Eastern Quoll {Dasyurus viverrinus} dark phase, Tasmania, Australia.
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