Wombats the main attraction at Cradle Mountain

THE Australian winter may have sent many of us scurrying for shelter but it hasn't stopped a couple of wombats from enjoying the beautiful surroundings of Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park in Tasmania.

The mother and joey were filmed crossing a road - there's a joke in there somewhere - by a pair of tourists from Singapore who were clearly smitten by the cute Australian natives.

However, Ranger in Charge Cradle Mountain Kate Burton said the sighting wasn't a rare occurrence and a trip to the park during the colder months was the perfect time to see them in their natural habitat.

"Wombats are fairly easy to see at Cradle Mountain at any time of the year," Ms Burton told Seniors News.

"However in winter, they can be observed grazing more during the short daylight hours due to the extreme weather conditions.

"Visitors can see between five and 30 wombats on a stroll in the Park at Ronny Creek, usually an hour before sunset if the weather is fine."

Wombats aren't the park's only tourist attraction with the world heritage area a breathtaking combination of wild beauty and unforgettable experiences.  

"Winter at Cradle Mountain is a magical time of year with snow-capped peaks, frozen icy tarns, roaring waterfalls and rainforests carpeted with spongy mosses and lichens," Ms Burton said.

"Other creatures that may be seen at Cradle include the Tasmanian Devil, Spotted-Tail Quoll, Eastern Quoll, Brushtail Possum, Pademelon, Bennetts Wallaby, Platypus, Echidna, Black Currawong and Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo."


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