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Pieman River Magical Mystery Tour

The Pieman River snakes its way through Tasmania’s Tarkine region and any visit to Corinna includes a fair amount of time on the river.

Sunset over the Pieman River at Corinna

Sunset over the Pieman River at Corinna

During my 5 day Tarkine Photography Workshop we base ourselves at Corinna and spend our days exploring the rainforest tracks, remote west coast buttongrass plains and of course the Pieman River.

The Arcadia II on the Pieman River at Corinna

The Arcadia II on the Pieman River at Corinna

Cruising the Pieman River

There are two cruise options, and this tour includes both. The first is a half day cruise on the historic Arcadia II, an old huon pine vessel. This cruise takes us all the way to the Pieman Heads, where the Pieman meets the wild west coast. We spend an hour or so here before reboarding and returning to Corinna. Searching for eagles (both Wedge Tailed and Sea) is a highlight of this cruise.

Mist rising from the rainforest along the Pieman River

Mist rising from the rainforest along the Pieman River

 

Rainbow on the Pieman

Rainbow on the Pieman

Sweetwater

The other cruise we do is an early morning chartered trip on the smaller vessel, the Sweetwater, to explore the smaller tributary rivers that the Arcadia can’t reach.

Morning light and mist on the Pieman River

Morning light and mist on the Pieman River

Doing this at dawn often results in stunningly still water, reflections and morning mist. Last year’s trip included some stunning mist which mostly blocked the sun but at times allowed for some quite haunting scenes as we sat in utter silence, immersed in the experience.

The sun trying to pierce the morning fog

The sun trying to pierce the morning fog

 

Reflections on a perfectly still morning. Pieman River Tasmania

Reflections on a perfectly still morning. Pieman River Tasmania

And just like the Arcadia Cruise, this one offers the opportunity to shoot birdlife – eagles are most common, but there are also pink robins and the real prize would be the Azure Kingfisher (which I am yet to shoot).

Sea eagle sitting in an old blackwood tree

Sea eagle sitting in an old blackwood tree

 

Another white bellied sea eagle, Whyte River, Tarkine

Another white bellied sea eagle, Whyte River, Tarkine

My next Tarkine (Corinna) tour runs from May 3-7. 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.