Tasmania - Ideal Destination For Landscape Photographers (Part 2)

6/28/2012 3:04:41 PM

Lonely looking tree

It’s not just the coastline that’s rugged in Tasmania. The inland scenery can be quite stark and striking too. This shot was taken not far from Meadowbank Lake while driving back from Mount Field National Park, just before a heavy rain shower.

The Hazards

Description: Freycinet National Park

This image gives you a good idea of the scenery and light in Tasmania. Freycinet National Park on the east coast is home to the The Hazards, a rugged cluster of granite mountains.

Constitution dock, Hobart

Hobart is the capital city of Tasmania but there is very little hustle and bustle. This is constitution Dock at dawn with Mt Wellington in the distance.

Horseshoe Falls

Description: Horseshoe Falls

Horseshoe Falls

This is a good example of the need to take care while photographing. We clambered across several very slippery, mossy rocks to get to this exact spot, nearly slipping several times.


You’ll find slightly run-down and abandoned-looking huts and outhouses everywhere in Tasmania. These two looked curiously compelling sitting side by side in the middle of a field underneath a threatening sky.

Lichen – Coloured Rocks

Description: Lichen – Coloured Rocks

Lichen – Coloured Rocks

This is British Admiral Beach in King Island, in the Bass Strait. There’s an enormous amount to photograph just on this island alone.

Mount Kate Hut

Description: Mount Kate Hut

Mount Kate Hut

This is Mount Kate Hut in the Cradle Mountain National Park, a place with a wide ranger of photographic opportunities.

Ian Rolfe shares his images of Tasmania.

Melbourne-based landscape photographer lan travels the globe capturing stunning scenery and leading workshops. He has won many awards and received over 2,500 acceptances at photographic exhibitions both in Australia and internationally. Snippets of his portfolio can be viewed at

Ian says that Tasmania is one of his favourite locations: ’It’s a landscape photographer’s paradise,’ he explains. ‘Sparsely populated, it still has many areas that are pristine, wild and spectacular.” Ian believes that this can be partly attributed to the island’s location, ‘Tasmania is 40 degrees south of the equator, so the light is amazing.’

As far as Ian is concerned, one of the biggest problems facing visitors to Tasmania is where to start, ‘Over 35 per cent of Tasmania is designated either state or national park and there are even World Heritage areas. Choosing a specific location can be a bit overwhelming.’

Ian has a slight advantage over those making their first trip to Tasmania, having travelled there at least once each year for the past 30 years. ‘I love the island so much that I have visited it on more than 70 occasions.’ He recommends that newcomers plan their trip very carefully: ‘Much time can be wasted and disappointment follows when you realize that you cannot walk to every locations for photography are quite a hike from the main tourist sports.”

Ian agrees that the wilderness areas of Tasmania do deserve particular caution, ‘Areas like the Tarkine are remote and require good planning.’ He suggests that specialized photography tours frequently represent the ideal solution, ‘I find it best to travel with like-minded people into these remote areas as they have local knowledge and cater for your specific needs. ‘Beyond the main island of Tasmania itself, Ian also enjoys visiting the islands in Bass Strait that also form part of the state of Tasmania: ‘The islands are even more remote and should be visited on separate occasions to the main island, as these is so much to see and explore.’

Does Ian ever sense his love of the island diminishing? His answer is a resounding no: ‘I will never tire of visiting.’ He insists, ‘I have photographed some remarkable places. However, the light and rugged landscape of Tasmania calls me back year after year.’


Local knowledge and shooting advice

Description: Freycinet National Park Is the joint-oldest national park in Tasmania

Freycinet National Park Is the joint-oldest national park in Tasmania, having been founded in 1916. Featuring some rugged scenery on the eastern coastline, it has plenty of photographic potential and is an absolute must for anyone interested in capturing coastal scenery and dramatic seascapes. Freycinet Lodge is an excellent place to stay and guided photography-based tours of the area can be booked. It takes two and a half hours to get to the region from the capital city, Hobart, so an extended visit is advisable.

  1. The scenery is dramatic and there is plenty to photograph. Allow as much time as you can!
  2. The view of Wineglass Bay from the top of Mt.Amos is spectacular but it’s a steep and demanding climb.
  3. Bicheno and Friendly Beaches, to the north of Freycinet, are also superb spots for coastal scenery.

Mount Field

Local knowledge and shooting advice

Description: Mt Field National Park

The other joint-oldest national park in Tasmania is Mount Field National park in central Tasmania. The last know wild thylacine (also known as the Tasmanian tiger) was captured there in 1933. Again, there is some stunning scenery and plenty to photograph. Camping facilities are available, as are the Lake Dobson cabins which are owned by the government. During the winter months, you can even go skiing in this national park.

  1. Russel Falls and Horseshoe Falls are both situated within Mount Field National Park.
  2. There is a ‘tall tree walk, which involves strolling among some towering and magnificent swamp gum trees.
  3. You’ll find an abundance of unique Australian fauna in residence, particularly visible around dusk.

Photographer essentials – Did you know?

Peter Dombrovkis devoted much of his life to photographing the Tasmanian landscape and suffered a fatal heart attack while photographing on the island. The first Australian to be inducted into the International Photography Hall of Fame, it’s worth looking up his work for some inspiration.

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