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Sunrise at the Vale of Belvoir lookout

The Vale of Belvoir lookout is a short drive out of Cradle Mountain and on a fine day is one of the few places outside the National Park that you can actually get a glimpse of Cradle Mountain.

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Pre dawn at the Vale of Belvoir lookout near Cradle Mountain

During September 2017 there were huge snowfalls across western Tasmania, including Cradle Mountain. So much so, that many roads were closed and even access to Dove Lake was restricted for a few days. The snow in these shots is a week or so after the peak, but even so there was a lot of snow still around.

Sunrise Vale of Belvoir Lookout

Sunrise, Vale of Belvoir Lookout

Sunrise Vale of Belvoir Lookout

Sunrise Vale of Belvoir Lookout

I came up here with my photography workshop group last month, and we were rewarded with a little bit of sunrise fire in the sky, mixed with fast moving mist and cloud – basically all the drama of an alpine sunrise.

Snow and cloud, Vale of Belvoir

Snow, mist and cloud over the Vale of Belvoir near Cradle Mountain

Just as we were finishing up for the morning, a lovely rainbow appeared which was a nice note to finish on before heading back to the hotel to warm up!

Rainbow near the Vale of Belvoir lookout

Rainbow near the Vale of Belvoir lookout

I have made one previous trip to the Vale of Belvoir, and it was a very mild morning in early January. We in fact camped there before going on to climb Cradle Mountain later that day! Needless to say, there was to be no climbing of Cradle Mountain this time round 🙂

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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.