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Tarkine Coast Couta Rocks

Couta Rocks

The entire Tarkine coast around Arthur River is incredible, but the Couta Rocks would just about be my favourite spot in the area.

Sunset Tarkine Coast Couta Rocks

Sunset on a calm summer evening at the Couta Rocks on the Tarkine coast

There is a timelessness to the area which is quite special. Waves pounding, wind howling and colours changing either at dusk or dawn.

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Dawn at the same spot on the Tarkine coast


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Another shot of wave patterns at dawn. The white water rushing in and out of this gulch really caught my eye here.

Couta Rocks is just south of Sarah Anne rocks, in fact it would be very easy to spend a good chunk of your day walking and exploring between the two. The coast is very rugged here, and coupled with some ferocious weather and storm clouds you can capture some very powerful images.

Stormclouds at dusk, Couta Rocks

Storm clouds at dusk, Couta Rocks


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Dark grey clouds are a perfect companion to the bleak and jagged rocks of the area


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Sunset on a relatively calm day on the Tarkine Coast

Typically I quite like long exposures in low light settings, but this coastline also provided great opportunities to capture the power of waves hitting rocks. Often backlit by the late afternoon sun and always full of power.

Waves crashing on the Tarkine coast at Couta Rocks

Waves crashing on the Tarkine coast at Couta Rocks

While the west coast is great for sunset, it never hurts to be out in the dawn light either. The results from a shoot on a clear morning were quite serene.

"Belt of Venus" in the western sky at sunrise. Couta Rocks, Tarkine

“Belt of Venus” in the western sky at sunrise. Couta Rocks, Tarkine

These images were captured over many visits to the region over many years. I am heading up this way again in a couple of weeks for a brand new 5 day workshop based at Arthur River which has an extra focus on west coast sunsets. I also have a 6 day “Complete Tarkine” photography workshop scheduled for next autumn which includes two sunset shoots on the coast, as well as 3 nights in the rainforest at Corinna.

Contact me to book a place!

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Luke O'Brien runs a stall at Hobart's popular Salamanca Market every Saturday where his prints and cards are available for purchase. Follow Luke's photographic adventures on Twitter at @lukeobrienphoto, at his Facebook page or by subscribing to his email newsletter.