Surviving journeys
Rare water container made of seaweed

Tasmania enjoys a wetter and more temperate climate than mainland Australia. While there are fewer species than on the mainland, the coastal areas have many types of seabirds, a rich food resource. These were supplemented with seafood and plant foods including fruits, providing a comfortable lifestyle for the nine indigenous groups living on Tasmania and surrounding islands. They did not need to carry food with them on long journeys, sometimes from island to island, but fresh water was carried in bull kelp containers like this model.

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