A Photographer’s Guide to Touring Tasmania’s Wilderness

For the last couple of years, I’ve been regularly sailing from Mainland Australia to the beautiful island state of Tasmania. Flying from Melbourne takes just over an hour, and sailing on the Spirit of Tasmania takes approximately 9 hours. The varied selection of landscapes and the intimate proximity of it all make this a special experience. To top it off, a large portion of Tasmania is essentially untouched. Approximately 40% of Tasmania is protected National Parks and Reserves. If you’re seeking to get off the grid and also find the magic in nature,Tasmania is full of beauty. Below are some fantastic spots to shoot with your camera. I have also included a few different places and activity suggestions which are also worth a look.

  1. Cradle Mountain National Park

Just a two-hour drive from Launceston Airport can take you to Dove Lake, home of the breathtaking Cradle Mountain. Like many hills, it can be hard to forecast the weather. Tasmania National Parks have different walks which may take two hours or two days, based upon your degree of fitness and determination. You may expect to find several wombats, wallabies, and Tasmanian devils. It is highly suggested you drive at night with caution to avoid the unnecessary death of wildlife. Animals tend to freeze when blinded by car headlights. Tasmania is also close to the artic, so it is substantially colder than Australia. Bringing warm clothes and thermals is a must.

The region is covered in an assortment of alpine and sub-alpine vegetation. Tasmanian snow gums are located at slightly lower elevations alongside Waratah. Surrounding the mountain inside the valley are tree species such as the Lophozonia Cunninghamii and pandani. They form thick temperate forests with a create a dense mossy undergrowth. The geology of this mountain is dolerite.

  1. Bicheno

Bicheno is situated 176 km southeast of Launceston. It was a whaling town in the early 1800s. Today it’s a charming seaside resort city and the local fishing sector’s catch incorporates considerable amounts of abalone, scallops, crayfish, and trevally. In the photograph below you can view the renowned Rocking Rock, an 80 ton piece of granite. There are a range of intriguing access points on the stones that have a distinctive reddish color because of deposits of red lichen. There’s also a blowhole nearby which shoots water out around ten ft high. At night across the coastal shores you could see a few fairy penguins coming in later around sunset.

  1. Sleepy Bay

Sleepy Bay, in Freycinet National Park is a 30 minute drive from Bicheno. This area is famous for its pink and red granite formations, in addition to a string of jagged granite peaks at a line known as “The Hazards.” If you’re lucky, you may spot some wallabies, brushtail possums, echidnas, and wombats. The sea is abundant with a variety of sea life, from dolphins to humpback whales. Eucalyptus Gum trees and Banksia dominate the region. There are several walks; however, if there is one walk we recommend, its Wineglass Bay. While in this area, check out some of the luxury resorts in the area. Book yourself in a spa retreat, as it’s a fantastic way to unwind after travelling all day. It will make for a great location to view and edit your photos in peace. Consider partaking in a helicopter flight around Wineglass Bay, as you might take some photos of a lifetime.

  1. Horseshoe Falls

Horseshoe Falls is just an hour and a half drive from Hobart in the Mt. Field National Park, where you can also find Russell Falls and Horseshoe Falls. Nestled in moss woods are the towering eucalyptus regnans, the tallest flowering plant in the world. This species is typical of moist woods and cool temperate rainforests. Towards the drops, the trail is framed by magnificent tall tree ferns. The drops are picturesque, a nature photographer’s paradise.

  1. Liffey

Liffey is a place where lots of farms have abandoned homes and sheds. Rumoured to have paranormal action, photographers come here to capture eerie shots. Liffey is also famous for its cascading waterfalls.

  1. Derwent Valley

Derwent River Poplars in May is when autumn and all its colours come to life. This is located in the Derwent Valley just an hours drive from Hobart. Arthur’s Lake is approximately a one hour and 15-minute drive from Launceston, upward in the highland lakes. The region is also referred to as the drowned forest due to the trees which were flooded for Hydro Tasmania, a renewable energy initiative. The lake is full of trout and makes for the best place for a few eerie shots.

Tasmania is full of magic, it’s a place you have to keep coming back too. If you ever consider one day residing here permanently, seek property investment advice today and see how you can make that a reality. By learning how to invest in property, you can create your own personal photography retreat.