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Mt Field and South West

Upper Florentine Valley World Heritage Area

The Upper Florentine Valley World Heritage Area contains magnificent tall eucalypts and dark green myrtle and sassafras rainforest. After years of campaigning the area was added to the World Heritage Area in June 2013, but the anti-environment Liberal party (both federal and state) are feverishly pushing to delist these forests to once again open them...Read More

Tasmanian Fungi: Upper Florentine Valley

Here are some more images of the Tasmanian fungi which is so prolific at the moment. These were all taken on a recent visit to the wet eucalypt/rainforest of the Upper Florentine Valley. All these images are macro, taken with my 100mm f2.8 and Pentax K-3. I have always enjoyed shooting with a shallow depth...Read More

Sunrise The Needles Tasmania

The Needles Tasmania is an incredibly rewarding hike in the South West National Park just out of Maydena. The walk starts from the car park on the Gordon River Road at the high point with the sign giving the altitude and rainfall data. For the first short while you will follow pink and green tags...Read More

Rainforest Photos Tasmania: Mt Field & Styx Valley

Mt Field and the Styx Valley are close to Hobart and are magnificent places to take rainforest photos. The Tasmanian rainforest is characterised by the dark green of the ancient myrtle beech and sassafras trees, punctuated here and there by the more brilliant green of the tall tree-ferns. At Mt Field, there are a number...Read More

Styx Valley Tasmania

The tall eucalypt forests and dark green rainforests of the Styx Valley Tasmania are a unique experience. The Styx really is an area that captures the imagination with trees pushing past 90 metres in height and the pure green of the rainforest an instant source of refreshment. Visiting the Styx Valley Tasmania The Styx Valley...Read More

Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area expanded!

Some great news this week for forest conservation in Tasmania – the World Heritage Commitee meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia has passed a recommendation to extend Tasmanias World Heritage Area by 172,500 hectares. The new boundaries will now include some of Tasmania’s most pristine wild forests such as the Styx Valley, the Upper Florentine Valley and...Read More

Growling Swallet

The Growling Swallet is a unique destination in Tasmania. As well as being a magnificent rainforest ramble in its own right, the sight of this fast flowing creek falling into the cave opening is something you don’t see everyday. The name is said to come from the roaring sound the water makes as it enters...Read More

Fagus Watch 2013

I did my first walk of the autumn fagus season and thought I’d write up a “Fagus Watch 2013” as an update on the colours. Today I walked to the Tarn Shelf at Mt Field National Park. The forecast was for cloud and even rain but for most of the day the skies were quite...Read More

An Introduction to South West Tasmania

Tasmania’s South West National Park is an awe inspiring region covering more than 600,ooo hectares of pure Tasmanian wilderness. There is only one road that extends into the region which is the Gordon River Road. This road takes you all the way out to the Gordon Dam and Lake Pedder. There is one turn off,...Read More

Macro Photography – Upper Florentine Valley

I recently had a day out photographing the Upper Florentine Valley in south west Tasmania. The valley is a stunning valley of tall eucalypts and intricate deep green rainforest. The valley is very picturesquely surrounded by the mountains of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage area, with the Thumbs being the range that dominates the view...Read More