10 Things To Photograph in Tasmania, Australia

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(View of Cradle Mountain, taken from Hansons Peak)

It took me 38 years, 51 countries and 7 continents before I set foot on Australia’s southern-most state, Tasmania.  This may not sound like a big deal – except that I am Australian!

I have travelled all over the world in search of adventure, to enjoy breath-taking landscapes, to explore the great outdoors and to photograph diverse scenery.  But like many travellers, I’ve neglected my own country.

This desire to explore more of my own country is what led me to Tasmania, a state that I inexcusably knew little about. 

In more recent years my travel itinerary has been led by my desire to improve my photography, a passion that began at the end of a 15-month career break in 2010.  The exposure on my travels to incredible locations and inspiring people had woken up a creative side of me that had been lying dormant under the excel spreadsheets and deadlines of my ‘regular life’.

This desire to improve my photography skills is what led me to a two-week landscape photography workshop run by professional photographer Glen Campbell (Lightstalkers Scotland).

I had first met Glen on a customised one-on-one photography tour of the Scottish Highlands last year.  Not only did I enjoy the relaxed style of his tour and his informal approach to teaching, but I felt energised by his passion for photography and for his surroundings.  He had also spent a decade living in the country I am from and when I heard he was running a group workshop in Tasmania the following year, I signed up immediately.

(reaching the peak of our 8 hour hike across the face of Cradle Mountain – photo courtesy of Glen Campbell)

 

Exploring Tasmania

The search for perfect light and composition led us along vast outback roads, through national parks, along a river, up a mountain, by the sea and ended with three magical days in one of the most beautiful parts of Tasmania.

I spent two weeks exploring Tasmania with my camera and with a small group of personalities from all walks of life – a retired couple from Scotland, a 76 year old Japanese businessman who refuses to retire, a doctor from London, two solo travellers from Australia and a Tasmanian artist who was keen to explore her own backyard.

At times I felt like I was simply on an Aussie road trip with friends – stopping at bakeries for a meat pie and iced coffee, sharing a pint at the end of the day and laughing over a veal schnitzel at the local pub for dinner, chatting about the footy results and arguing over music choices as we drove through long stretches of the Tasmanian countryside, trying to avoid the potential road kill that took over the roads at dawn and dusk.

At other times I felt like I was a foreign tourist, discovering Australia for the first time.  I shared the excitement of our overseas guests as a kangaroo crossed our path, I was in awe of the wide open spaces and deafening silences, I marveled at the diversity of the landscape we were travelling through and I felt entertained by the quirky character of the small outback towns we visited.

But at all times, I was reminded why I love travelling so much.  I love the opportunity it creates to meet people from all walks of life.  I love that travel ignores the differences that would otherwise prevent our paths from crossing.  I love that it gives me the opportunity to interact with like-minded people, sharing a common interest.

And I love that this common interest of photography takes me to some of the most beautiful locations in the world – like Tasmania.

 

10 Things to Photograph in Tasmania

1. Waterfalls

Mt Field, an area 80 km northwest of Hobart was declared a national park in 1916 and is home to the beautiful cascading Russell Falls, easily accessible on a twenty minute round walk through lush, green ferns.  For more waterfall photography opportunities you can follow the path up to Horseshoe Falls on the same trail.

Russell Falls, Mt Field NP

(Russell Falls, Mt Field National Park)

2. Rainforest

Mount Field National Park offers a variety of photography opportunities from waterfalls, mountain scenery, alpine moorlands, wildlife, lakes and rainforest.  And the rainforest provides a great opportunity to continue shooting when the weather conditions are not in your favour.  In fact, when focusing on macro subjects, the rain can sometimes be your greatest friend.

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3. The River

The diversity of Australia creates a different ‘typical Australian landscape’ image for everyone that lives here.  I grew up in the outback of Broken Hill where coastline is non existent.  So the water scene that symbolises Australia for me is the river – although the tall, thick, lush, green bush surrounding the Pieman River is a far cry from the dry, scarce Darling River I remember fishing in as a child.

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4. Cradle Mountain

Tasmania’s most recognisable mountain peak is Cradle Mountain but it’s more than just a ‘postcard’ shot for photographers.  A number of different vantage points and the ever-changing light and weather conditions create endless opportunities to capture your own interpretation of this often-photographed sight.

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(Cradle Mountain)

5. Sunrise

Sunrise is my favourite time of day for photography.  I feel it encompasses the challenges that make landscape photography one of my favourite genres.  A great sunrise shot feels earned.  Not only do you need to get yourself out of bed at an unnatural hour, you need a great location, you need time to compose your shot, you need the light in your favour and you only have a small window of opportunity to capture the moment.  The opportunities to capture magical sunrise moments in Tasmania are endless – all you need is an alarm clock and a bit of luck with the light.

Sunrise - Picnic Rocks, Deep Creek

(Picnic Rocks, Deep Creek)

6. Sunset

Similar to sunrise, there are a variety of potential sunset locations in Tasmania.  One of my favourites was Friendly Beaches.  The timing of our arrival at one of Freycinet’s most picturesque beaches was impeccable.  We were greeted with an explosion of pastel hues in a sky that resembled a canvas waiting for a foreground to be added.  The surf created a sunset symphony as it crashed into the large rocks scattered along the beachfront, decreasing to a whisper as it reached as far as it could before returning to sea.  It was a location that felt symbolic of the beauty of the Freycinet region and the amazing experience I’d had in Tasmania.

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7. The Wildlife

I grew up surrounded by the unique Australian wildlife that foreigners flock to see – and I still get a buzz out of seeing it in it’s natural environment!

Wallaby Paparazzi - Mt William NP

8. The Countryside

The Tasmanian countryside is as changeable as the weather and provides photographic opportunities even when you are travelling from one location to the next.  This image was captured whilst returning to the farm we were staying in after a morning shoot at Picnic Rocks.  The simplicity of the subject symbolises what I love most about Australia – the wide, open spaces.

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9. The Coast

Freycinet is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world and boasts coastline as far as the eye can see.  Wineglass Bay is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the area, but viewing it off-season from the peak of Mt Amos rewarded us with our own personal view.  A great view does not always make a great photography – but sometimes it does!

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10. The Open Roads

The photographic opportunities in Tasmania don’t stop during transit.  The roads themselves, paving the way through wide, open spaces, create a sense of scale and solitude that can translate well through a lens.

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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. Oh these photos are gorgeous! My first visit to Tasmania finally made me realize how beautiful the countryside can be. Prior to that I was a city girl. Now I’ll happily site by a waterfall for hours!!!

    • Me too! I’ve done the complete circle – grew up in the outback, moved to London and thought I was a city girl and now I crave the open spaces and outdoors more than anything else!

  2. OMG your sunset pic is UNREAL!!!!!!!

  3. Wow – they are all so stunning! I love how you shot Russell Falls – the colour really pops off the screen! I was also mesmerized by the mist in The River shot. Stunning work.

    • Thanks Anita! Yes, the mist in the river shot mesmerised me at the time too and I was really happy with how the photo turned out. Such diversity in Tasmania, I loved it!!

  4. Stunning photos! The sunset photo is amazing! Really hoping to make it to Australia one day.

  5. Wow your photos are fantastic. Tasmania looks so beautiful – especially Cradle Mountain.

    • Thanks Roisin. Yes, it’s a beautiful place and Cradle Mountain is stunning – from both the top and the bottom 🙂

      • Lindsay says:

        Hi Kellie,
        Beautiful photos. But – you need to add Number 11 – aurora australis! Apparently there is a huge amount of solar activity at the moment, photographers are out every night, freezing their socks off in their favourite spots and getting some amazing photos. Type ‘aurora australis tasmania’ into Google images and see what I mean!

        • Oh I know! I saw an article in Australian Geo back in January with some incredible shots and have seen some more recently. I was hoping I’d get a chance to shoot them when I was there in March, but my timing was out – gutted, it would be an incredible sight!

  6. Those photos are absolutely stunning. I love photography but I never manage the take a really really good one. Maybe I will follow a photography workshop as well one day. I also hope to make it to Australia one day. It’s true most travelers forget about their own country while I’m sure there are beautiful places in each country.

  7. I love your pictures, specially the one of the sunset! When we were in Australia we didn’t have the time to visit Tasmania, so it would be a good reason to come back 🙂

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