Lush farmland, crystal-clear lakes, deep rainforest, turquoise waters, rugged mountains and deserted beaches: Tasmania is a photographer’s playground. Here’s our pick of the seven most photogenic spots in Australia’s most picturesque state.
The whipping winds up here, 1,270 metres above sea level, have reached more than 160kmph, and temperatures might be 10 degrees colder than at the foot of the mountain. But on a clear day, just 30 minutes’ drive from the middle of Hobart, the views make up for the weather.
This 47-kilometre-long coast was named by explorers who saw fires lit by Aboriginals along the beaches in 1773, but the bright lichen on its granite boulders gave sticking power to the name. This dramatic landscape of pale sand, dazzling water, and orange-caked rocks draws visitors to Tasmania’s north-eastern coast and is a spectacular backdrop for some incredible photo opportunities.
Past the jagged point of the Tasman Peninsula you’ll find see the raw, untouched beauty of the Cape Raoul Cliffs. The 14km return hike is well worth the striking views you’re rewarded with—see out to Cape Pillar and then west to Hobart and Bruny Island—while the majestic towering columns will leave you in awe.
Located in Freycinet National Park, Tasmania’s oldest, Wineglass Bay is a near-perfect curve of white sand and the bluest water you may ever see. An iconic destination for honeymooners, kayakers, and bushwalkers, Wineglass Bay is about a two-hour walk from the entrance of the national park, and a two-and-a-half-hour drive from Hobart. Arrive early enough in the day and you may have the entire beach to yourself.
Welcome to the world’s largest commercial plantation of lavender in the world and therefore one of Tasmania’s most photogenic spots. This place is pure magic year-round, hitting a zenith between late December and late January, when the lavender is in full bloom and dizzying to behold.
Caused chiefly by erosion, a tessellated pavement is a geological wonder. The most famous case of this rock formation? You got it, Tasmania’s Pirates Bay. The rugged coastline in this unique bay in Eaglehawk Neck is strewn with these formations.
Sitting over 1,500 metres above sea level, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the most popular (and beautiful) tourist attractions in Tasmania. Bring your best camera and pair of hiking boots – the Cradle Mountain hike is a strenuous 6.5-hour return hike that involves clambering over large boulders for hundreds of metres.
With the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III, you won’t need years of training to take beautiful photos. Advanced, compact and with a brand new interface, you’ll be able to capture the rugged beauty of Tasmania’s landscape with the click of a button.
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