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Liffey Falls, Great Western Tiers

Water has to be my favourite subject to shoot. For a dynamic moving image, nothing is better than fast flowing creeks and waterfalls, and the added plus to Liffey Falls is the number of cascades. The main fall itself has a couple of tiers with numerous rocky ledges, dispersing the falling water into dozens of smaller cascades. The water then pools and flows over boulders to another low ledge, which, with the main fall as a backdrop adds some great perspective to the moving water.

Liffey Falls, Tasmania

Liffey Falls, Tasmania. Nice spring flow after a wet winter in norther Tas this year.

Liffey Falls: Getting There

Liffey Falls is located in the Great Western Tiers not far out of Deloraine in northern Tasmania. There is a turn off from the A5 highway about 1 hour out of Deloraine (or 2.5~3 hours from Hobart). The falls themselves are a part of Tasmania’s world heritage listed wilderness area, but the walk itself is quite short – and very rewarding. In the area you can also visit Pine Lake & the Great Lake, which allows even car-based visitors to experience alpine Tasmania including stands of Pencil Pine, which live for 1000+ years, and are endemic to central & western  Tasmania. The area also contains some spectacular dolerite peaks and scree slopes – another uniquely Tasmanian sight.

Liffey Falls, Tasmania

Liffey Falls, Tasmania

A word of caution – shooting this way involves either wet feet, or shelling out for the latest in Gumboot Technology. Either way, just make sure not to slip when walking through creeks with your camera – even if it means using your tripod as a makeshift walking frame!

Liffey Falls, Tasmania

Early morning meant no bright sun burning out the falls or causing shadows & bright patches.

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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.