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Tasmanian Waterfalls: Nelson Falls

Nelson Falls is a perfect spot to break up the long drive through Tasmania’s World Heritage Area on the way to/from Tasmania’s West Coast. The walk is flat, along boardwalk and is no more than 10 minutes each way. The track follows Nelson Creek to a viewing platform right in front of one of the best Tasmanian waterfalls. The creek itself is very picturesque, you just need to watch out for water splashing on your lens – as per the shot below 🙁

Lush green Tasmanian rainforest along Nelson Creek

Lush green Tasmanian rainforest along Nelson Creek

Close to the falls I found a small eddy pool, with tannin foam swirling around in circles so I donned the gumboots and waded across the creek. Long exposure photos along rivers and creeks is one aspect of photography I enjoy the most. Firstly, the Tasmanian rainforest is simply a very peaceful and enjoyable place to spend time and secondly, the effect of long exposure on fast flowing water is always rewarding – and Nelson Falls was no exception. There are lots of opportunities to make interesting compositions of water flowing over mossy green rocks. Just make sure you watch your footing if you step off the viewing platform!

Nelson Falls, Tasmania

Tasmanian waterfalls – Nelson Falls

I visited these falls early in the morning in order to avoid the harsh contrast caused by bright midday sunlight which really makes rainforest photography very unrewarding – plus I had a pressing engagement on Mt Murchison with the Fagus later that day!

Nelson Falls, Tasmania

Nelson Falls, Tasmania

In any case, Nelson Falls is a great place to stop and soak up some great Tasmanian rainforest scenery. Enjoy.

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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.