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Tasmania’s Best 5 Photography Locations: Tasman Peninsula

Monday June 27, 2011

Part 3 of my guide to Tasmania’s Best 5 Photography Locations: The Tasman Peninsula, south east of Hobart.

The Tasman Peninsula is approximately an hours drive from Hobart, and immediately upon reaching the Peninsula you find yourself at one of the most iconic locations in the area – the Tessellated Pavements at Eaglehawk Neck. This area is much loved by landscape photographers due to the dramatic and strong lines that have formed in the rock and the east facing aspect of the landscape – ie great for pre-dawn long exposures.

Sunrise, Tessellated Pavement at Eaglehawk Neck

Sunrise, Tessellated Pavement at Eaglehawk Neck

Further into the Peninsula and you come to some classic walking tracks. Two are easy day walks (Cape Hauy and Cape Raoul) and the third, Cape Pillar needs at least one night away. The cliffs of the region are made of dolerite, meaning they are very smooth, straight and sheer columns of rock, and in some spots 100s of metre in height.

Morning, Cape Raoul, Tasman Peninsula

Morning, Cape Raoul, Tasman Peninsula

You can make your way quite close to the edge of some of these columns and the views along the coast are spectacular. Offshore islands such as the Hippolyte Rocks and Tasman Island add for some interest on the horizon, and lichen and the bleached white branches of some of the low lying shrubs provide some subject matter for more abstract or macro photography.

Cape Hauy, Tasman Peninsula

Cape Hauy, Tasman Peninsula

Another beautiful part of the peninsula is the isolated beach at Crescent Bay. Brown Mountain is at one end of the beach, and a rocky headland at the other, and nice sand dunes run along the back end of the beach. Well worth a visit.

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