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Tasmania’s Best 5 Photography Locations: Bay of Fires

Part 4 of my guide to Tasmania’s best is the Bay of Fires region in the north east.

This is one area of Tasmania that has been getting a lot of attention internationally lately. Consistently voted one of the worlds best/must see/hidden treasure and so on by international travel experts, the area includes Mt William National Park in the north and stretches south past Eddystone Point, The Gardens and Binalong Bay near St Helens.

Bay of Fires, The Gardens

Sunrise at The Gardens, Bay of Fires

The attraction of the area is pristine white sandy beaches fringed by azure seas and orange-red lichen covered rocks right along the coast. It is great for traditional landscape photography, or for getting up close and studying the patterns in the brightly coloured lichen. As it is located on the east coast, sunrise shots are stunning, but you can also be rewarded at dusk with nice pink skies when the weather is clear. The area is easilly accessed by road, and you can chose short walks or follow the coast for as long as you like. The added bonus is that weather conditions up there should be relatively nice – even when it is cold and miserable in Hobart, the north east is often a nice getaway.


Mt William National Park – perhaps Tassie’s most understated National Park, the beaches are remote and beautiful, with a sprinkling of offshore rocks, and very long white sandy beaches. You could probably have a bit of space to yourself too.

Eddystone Point and Picnic Rocks– great rocky coastline around here. The rocks are right on the  edge of the water and are a great subject for long exposure and crashing waves.

Picnic Rocks, Bay of Fires

Picnic Rocks, Bay of Fires

Binalong Bay – a very popular part of the region. Sealed roads, accommodation and food. Beautiful beaches and orange rocky foreshores abound, as do visitors. You could always try St Helens Point or Peron dunes for something potentially a little less crowded, although don’t visit after the dune buggies have been through!

Bay of Fires

Bay of Fires – Beautiful

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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.