Exploring Australia: 5 Great Photography Locations in Tasmania

Eddystone Point, Tasmania

(Eddystone Point, Tasmania)

My passion for travel is motivated by a desire to live life instead of existing through it. My passion for photography is motivated by a desire to share these experiences with others – the landscapes that have mesmerized me, the wildlife that has intoxicated me, the people who have inspired me and the cultures that have opened my eyes, broadened my mind and energized my soul.

The more I travel, the more inspired I feel as a photographer.  The more I photograph my travel locations, the more drawn I feel to landscape and wildlife opportunities.

And Tasmania is rich in both, as I recently discovered on a two-week photography-focused road trip.  I was blown away by the diversity of the Tasmanian landscape and recently described  10 very different things to photograph whilst there.

As a 38-year old Australian who was visiting Tasmania for the first time, I found myself shaking my head in shameful irony as I explored the island state.  I have travelled the world in search of adventure, to enjoy breath-taking landscapes, to explore the great outdoors and to photograph diverse scenery – and all along, it was hiding in a region that is only an hour or two hour plane ride away from where I grew up.

5 Great Photography Locations in Tasmania

1. The Southwest

Our Tasmanian adventure began in the southwest region, where we based ourselves just outside Mt Field National Park in Maydena, a quiet little town in the Tyenna Valley.  Our days began alongside the ponds behind our cottage as we successfully searched for the platypus family that calls the water home.

 

The cool and rainy conditions seemed appropriate for our wild surroundings and we spent the days absorbing ourselves in the region’s picturesque nature, feeling we had the place entirely to ourselves.  The photographic opportunities were diverse and endless and in complete contrast to the scenes that were waiting for us further east.

Mt Field National Park has it all – waterfalls, lakes, rainforest, mountain scenery, alpine moorlands and abundant wildlife.  We enjoyed a handful of walks in the park that created opportunities for waterfall, landscape and macro photography.

Russell Falls, Mt Field NP

Lake Pedder can be accessed from a number of different vantage points and was the location of two very different sunset shoots.  The first was on the sandy shore of the lake itself and the second from a higher vantage point with stunning panoramic views.

 

Styx River Valley provides the chance to wander through endless forest, capturing the ever-changing lighting on the large and lush ferns.  It is also home to trees as high as 95m tall that have inspired the name Styx Valley of the Giants.  It is an enchanted area and a reminder of how precious and fragile our natural surroundings are.

2. Cradle Mountain – Lake St Clair National Park

Cradle Mountain is Tasmania’s most recognizable mountain peak and sits within Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park.  It shares the park with Mt Ossa, Tasmania’s highest peak (1617m) and Australia’s deepest lake, Lake St Clair (200m).

One of the reasons I love landscape photography is that a great photography feels earned.  Not only do you need to find and reach a photographic location, you need a number of uncontrollable factors on your side.  Cradle Mountain felt symbolic of that challenge.

Clear and dry conditions greeted our arrival.  It created a great opportunity to capture sunset from the edge of Dove Lake and we returned to similar conditions for sunrise.  But when I was woken in the early hours of the next morning by thunderous raindrops on the roof of my room, I curled up under my blanket for a little more sleep – there would be no sunrise shoot that morning!

 

Another challenge of landscape photography is how to spend the midday hours, when the light becomes too harsh.  This is less of a challenge at Cradle Mountain, as the National Park boasts a number of walking trails.  Leaving the 6 day iconic Overland Track to those with more time and fitness, we began a 7 hour hike from the edge of Dove Lake.  We enjoyed a close up view of Cradle from the top of Hanson’s Peak before climbing across the mountain face and ending with a steep decline through a forest.

I certainly earned my beer that day!

Cradle Mountain Hike

3. Corinna

Corinna, located on the edge of the Pieman River, thrived during the gold-rush days with a population of 2,500.  The remains have now been turned into cottages, creating the opportunity for a therepeutic digital detox.

The photography highlights of the Corinna were capturing sunrise and sunsets from the banks of the river.  The misty and reflective conditions created an almost eerie atmosphere, an environment to completely lose ourselves and forget the existence of anyone else.

 

Our ‘midday challenge’ was easily met on the Pieman River Cruise.  A warm sunny day provided the perfect balance between photographing the mirror-like reflections along the river, searching for white-breasted eagles in the trees and closing our eyes to enjoy the sun and silence.  A brief stop at Pieman Heads let us stretch our legs whilst capturing a coastal scene littered with skeleton-like wood.

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4. Mt William National Park

Lying in the northeast corner of the state, Mt William NP was one of the photography highlights of my visit.

Changeable weather treated us to magical light in an area that was full of photography opportunities: from the remote farmhouse we stay in outside the park, to the lichen-covered rocks on state’s coastal edge, to the wildlife encounters that outnumbered the human ones.

Rainbow - Australian Countryside

I was grateful for more than one visit to Deep Creek as the opportunities to capture Picnic Rocks are such that I was quite overwhelmed on my first visit and left without a decent shot.  But by the time we left our final shoot there, it had become one of my favourite locations of the trip.

Sunrise - Picnic Rocks, Deep Creek

Eddystone Point provided an inspiring sunrise location as we walked past the lighthouse and climbed onto the rocks that provide a great foreground to the surf that announced the start of another day with a thunderous crash.

Sunrise - Eddystone Point

5. Freycinet 

Located on the east coast of the island, Freycinet has something for everyone – campers, hikers, fishermen, families, backpackers, artists, cyclists and even those just wanting a comfortable holiday of good food, wine and relaxation.

And of course – photographers!

We were treated with perfect conditions and inspiring locations.  Exploring Freycinet felt like wandering through an evolving landscape painting, created with vibrant reds and oranges in the morning, updated with cooler blues during the day and replaced with pastel hues in the evening.

Sleepy Bay provided a fleeting but fiery start to the day, with the light of the rising sun catching the lichen-covered granite rock formations.  It was such a great location for a sunrise shoot that we found ourselves there more than once.

Sleepy Bay (Freycinet) provided such a great location for sunrise that we returned for a second day

Coles Bay sits at the foot of the orange-granite peaks of the Hazards and is not only the perfect base from which to explore the Freycinet National Park and coastline, but a great location for a sunset shoot.  The white, sandy beaches provide easy access to the idyllic seas and the rocky coves created an atmospheric foreground to the Hazards, a symbolic background of Freycinet.

Sunset View of Hazards - Freycinet

Mt Amos provided an opportunity to leave our tripods on the car, choose a lightweight lens and get some exercise.  The reward for navigating up the sleep and slipper rock face was stunning views of Wineglass Bay, recently voted as one of the top ten beaches in the world.  With the sun shining, it was a postcard-perfect moment of one of the most photographed locations in Tasmania.

The Friendly Beaches lived up to its reputation as one of Freycinet’s most picturesque beaches and was the location of my favourite sunset of the trip.  The light of the day was replaced with the light of a full moon in a location that felt symbolic of the beauty of the Freycinet region and the amazing experience I’d had in Tasmania.

Tasmania was one of Australia’s best-kept secrets for some time.  But it’s wild and rugged inland and idyllic beaches are a secret no more.  Be sure to get there before everyone else!

 

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Kellie is a traveller and photographer who is most at home when exploring the world beyond it. Through the intersection of her travel, writing and photography passions, she shares her experiences to inspire others to create there own. The desire to live life instead of existing through it has introduced Kellie to inspirational locations throughout seven continents and from this a passion for landscape and wildlife photography has evolved. She feels a particular connection to the polar regions and Africa. You can see more of her photography at www.kellienetherwoodphotography.com

Comments

  1. OMG–your photographs and Tasmania is incredible. I hope you’re thinking of eventually publishing a gorgeous coffee table book of your work.
    Jagoda

  2. I’m a Taswegian who’s been abroad for almost two years. Thanks for reminding me what a beautiful place I’ll go home to someday.

    • You are welcome, it’s certainly a beautiful place for you to return to! I’ve been living abroad for more than 12 years and have just spent 4 months exploring the state (SA) I left behind…I’ve fallen in love with Australia all over again!

  3. Thanks for sharing your fabulous photo of Tasmania. They bring back many great memories of our honeymoon where we spent one month touring around the island.

    I love the photo looking down on Dove Lake – it is amazing!

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