So the time is getting near for my latest adventure to the beautiful state of Tasmania, this time during the cooler months so the range of photographs will be different from my previous visits.
So far, the plans include the historic convict ruins of Port Arthur, the entire east coast including Freycinet National Park and the Bay of Fires, before venturing across towards Launceston. Using Launceston as a base for a few days, we will be discovering such interesting areas as Ben Lomond, Liffey Falls and a number of small towns around the region will be great camera fodder.
Next, we will be heading towards the north west and the town of Stanley, where the main natural feature ‘The Nut’ stands proudly above the town being surrounded by fur seal colonies and an abundant array of other wildlife. Undecided as to which route we will take to get to the top (there is a chair lift & zigzag walking track), The Nut has approx 1km of walking track with 360 degree views.
Following on from Stanley, we are travelling to one of the most recognisable national parks in the state, Cradle Mountain and due to the cooler months and the turning of the fagus there will be an abundance of pristine and colour-filled images coming your way. Staying at Cradle Mountain Lodge will provide easy early morning and late afternoon access to the walking tracks and Dove Lake for sunrise and sunset.
The western coast then calls for a visit, of which the cute little town of Strahan will be our base for sunset over the sea and a cruise down the river discovering the convict history and natural beauty of the area. The main image that I use for promoting my photography was taken nearby on the Henty Dunes, a large mass of sand dunes known for discovering and tobogganing.
Following on from a full day cruise up the Gordon River on a new vessel just 3 days old with Gordon River Heritage Cruises, we will be finding a nice little spot for sunset over the river looking for those glorious reflections.
Heading out of Strahan to Hobart on our last major drive of the adventure we will be stopping in to Hogarth Falls, Pumphouse Point and Mt Field National Park for a number of other great photographic opportunities so look our for this part of the trip. Upon our return to Hobart, Fran and I have been invited to Wintermore at Frogmore Creek. Wintermore is a night of Jazz, great food, amazing wine (my favourite) all by the fire, what a way to end the day!
Saturday’s in Hobart, the must do for visitors and locals alike is Salamanca Markets, consisting of arts, crafts and local produce, it is one of the best around. This will be our morning to relax and take in the relaxed nature that Hobart has always made me feel, catching up with a couple of other local photographers will be highlight of the trip.
Our last few days exploring Hobart and surrounds will include walks, waterfalls, jet boats, walking on air and all the relaxed beauty that Hobart and beyond has to offer.
So that’s the basics of it, keep checking in on the Journal and our Instagram to keep up with our adventure, the amazing fresh local food and drink, breathtaking sights and friendly people.