Category: Tasmania

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While in Hobart I had an opportunity to go out with my friend Fi to do a sunrise. She knew a good place to go, so she picked me up and took me down to the harbour. It was so surprising as we actually got a sunrise, and a beautiful one. It lasted for quite a while so I was able to get a few different positions.
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One of the main reasons I wanted to come to the east coast of Tasmania was to photograph a tree on a rock, seriously. There is a tree that grows from a rock in Binalong Bay and I’m sure it has been photographed thousands of times, but it didn’t matter, I still wanted to do.
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Working out what to do when you are travelling is one thing, but then sometimes the plans fall apart or you realise you have forgotten to plan anything for a particular day. That is pretty much what we worked out a couple of days ago. We spent some time looking around for things to do in Coles Bay and saw there was a boat cruise to Wineglass Bay, apparently a must stop if you are in the area. 
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Last year my friend and I went to Tasmania, back in June. We loved it, but with only 10 days we really didn’t see a lot. Though I suppose that is always what happens when you go away. On one of our last days there we went to the old convict penitentiary at Port Arthur. Such a fascinating place, but we spent so much time doing all the tours we didn’t have enough time to look around. We found out that you could buy a Ticket of Leave for $10 which meant that you could come back anytime in the following two years, so we both got them. Here is mine.
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Sadly, I have returned home from Tasmania, and I am very tired, but wanted to let you know that I was back. I wanted to show you a couple of photos from Port Arthur, though there will be more.

We spent the whole day at Port Arthur, a very important place in the history of Australia, as it was a convict prison for secondary offenders. I am not going to say much about it now as I am really tired after spending the night on the Spirit of Tasmania. It is a new thing sleeping on a boat. I didn’t mind it, but it was restless.

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We were in the remains of the church and I could see that it was very close to sunset, and while it would have been nice to get lots of photos here, I knew there was somewhere else that I wanted to get photos.

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I don’t know why, but I knew I wanted to get the sunset down at the penitentiary building. With all the rain we have had it meant there were puddles everywhere, and well, they really worked in this image. I do love the way the colours are reflected into the water there. I did do a HDR with this as in other images the building was lost. I think this worked better. It really was the perfect image for that sort of treatment.

As I said, there will be more photos from there, though with almost 6000 photos taken in my time there, I’m sure you realise I have a lot to go through, delete the ones that don’t work, and work on the ones I like. For now I leave you with these two images. I would also like to do some posts wrapping up my trip and sharing the experiences we had along the way.  You will be hearing about Tasmania for a while yet.

The most important thing really is that I know it won’t be my first and only trip to Tasmania. We have already started planning the next trip.

Day 7

When I got up yesterday morning I was treated to a nice sunrise. It was the first one I had seen here. We haven’t seen the sun a lot while we have been here.

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Yesterday started with a trip to the Cascade Female Factory, or in other words a prison for female convicts when they arrived in Tasmania.

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I don’t want to say too much about it right now. I will do a full post on it and what you can see there when I get home.

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I thought I would be walking around the area where the Salamance market is held on Saturday’s in the rain, but after a few minutes the sun come out and it was so nice.

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The sun was coming through the autumn leaves to give a lovely light. It is winter really and you would think the leaves would have left the tree by now, but they were still there.

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Everywhere I went I saw that all the statues had been covered up. I have no idea why. Must be part of the winter festival that is happening here at the moment.

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I went into the city area and can’t help myself. The buildings were incredible. Hobart is a much older city than Melbourne and being a convict settlement it has buildings from that period. I would love to explore them more and spend time learning about them. Unfortunately time is running out this trip.

Last night I was invited to a Instameet, something I’ve never done before. There was a big event on, run by Tourism Tasmania, I believe. It was pretty amazing. They had a mirror maze, OMG, that was scary. You can’t see where you are going and it is so easy to get confused and lose your way. It was good my friend knew how to get out so we managed to do that.

Day 8

This has been a rather relaxing day. We didn’t do a lot. We did go to the Salmanca Market and bought gifts to take home, well I did. Then after we went on an adventure, well sort of.

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We could see Mount Wellington from the market and there was snow on it, so it had snowed overnight. We were going to the Huon Valley and this is one of the photos I got with my phone.

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Not a great photo, but you get the idea. It was interesting driving in the snow. Not something we have done much of in Australia. We don’t get a lot of snow here, so it is always fun when we do. Well they might here, but from where I’m from, never.

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We went driving to the Huon Valley to go to Frank’s Cider place in Franklin where I found an interesting Church, St John’s. It is no longer used as a Church, but they are trying to save it so it doesn’t get sold and turned into a home.

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There are also some interesting old graves around the Church. It isn’t often you see a church with a graveyard, well not in Melbourne or Victoria, they are nearly always in completely different places.

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We saw some great mushrooms there as well. Love the red ones, I hardly ever see them, so this was a great treat.

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On the way to the Wall of Lollies we saw some great boats moored in the river.

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What do you think, think you will take it up.

We ended up home earlier and have been resting and taking it easy, tomorrow is set to be a massive day. Our last full day here before we get set to go home. Can’t believe the trip is almost over.

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Today’s post is a little late. I got home last night and it took me a couple of hours to go through the 700+ photos I took yesterday on the boat cruise around the southern end of Bruny Island. I kept getting distracted by Masterchef. I decided to get up early this morning and do it.

We went to Bruny Island yesterday to do a boat cruise. The weather forecast was for rain, 90% apparently and it was raining on the way there as well. We had dressed warmly, thermals, everything. A couple of days ago we spoke to a woman who had done it and she said you would get cold, so we put as much on as we could fit. They do give you a massive raincoat type of thing that is great and good to wear.

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I wanted to take photos, but in the end decided to leave the camera bag in the car and just carry the Nikon D750 with the 28-300mm lens. Of course, that also meant the camera would be vulnerable to sea spray and rain mist, so I made sure the camera was wrapped inside a camera raincoat. It was a very good move.

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You do get to see some amazing rock formations and strange things in the rocks, well caves and gaps.

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This spot had an underwater cave and as the waves roll in you get this amazing spray coming out of the cave. It was incredible.

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The destination was to see these guys, the fur seals. They are all the males and they do like to put on a show. They were great.

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There is no doubt that you see some incredible sights.

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As we were getting back to Adventure Bay a rainbow was showing its colours. We saw a few when we were out, but this one was lovely.

The cruise was incredible. I loved it. They take very good care of everyone and, as you can imagine, the fear of seasickness was on everyone’s mind. I felt great. The sea was rough and a few people were sick, but not me.. Would love to experience it in rougher conditions.

One thing I thought they did really well was stopping at the places to take photos and moving the boat so it didn’t matter which side you sat on you would see what they were showing you. They really considered those with cameras and what they wanted to take photos of. I think, however, if I were to do it again I would sit on the right side of the boat.

If you do the Bruny Island Cruise, you will get wet, you are on the open ocean and there will be sea spray. Consider how to keep your camera dry. They take care of you by giving you a raincoat that covers you from head to foot, but your camera is your responsibility. I found the staff wonderful and very helpful. They make sure you are okay and enjoying yourself. I can understand why they have won so many awards.

I have more photos for you now. There is a lot, but really only a small selection of what we saw.

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We left Strahan,after getting my last coffee from the Coffee Shack, this morning and headed to Hobart. It is a fairly long drive, but not without possible stops on the way. Though I have to admit that once I get going I like to just keep going, but we did stop a couple of times.

The first stop was at the suggestion of tassiegrammer on Instagram. He suggested Nelson Falls. We weren’t disappointed.

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With all the rain Tasmania has been getting it was so full and flowing fast. It was also throwing up lots of mist, so I had to constantly clean my filter. I got wet, but it was well worth it.

Next we stopped at Lake St Clair. Here we went for a walk around the edge of the lake.

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We saw rivers meeting, we think it was. The spot is called watermeet.

It was a great place and the walk pretty easy. We also had lunch there as well. They were very heavy on the salt, but it was nice. The pumpkin soup was incredible, I wished I had ordered it.

Next we thought we would check out The Wall. The admission price was $12, which we ummed about, did we really want to pay $12, but decided okay. Then when we got to where we pay it said “No Cameras Past This Point”. That did it for me, I was out of there. I just think what is the point if we can’t take photos. I want to show people where I have been. Put up photos here and on my social media sites.  Now instead of good publicity I am telling all my photography friends, or anyone who wants to take photos don’t bother going. They obviously haven’t learned how important social media is and what it can do for them.

The rest of the trip was fairly uneventful. We did see lots of water though. Many of the rivers are running to capacity and fast. Some have burst their banks and flowing into parks and along the sides. Thankfully the road was high enough.

We are now here in Hobart and staying in a very nice place. Just had dinner at Prossers, which was also great. So lots planned, but time to get some sleep. Off to Bruny Island tomorrow.

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Today we were up and out by 8 and headed down to the water to get ready to catch our boat for a cruise with World Heritage Cruises. We started in Macquarie Harbour, then to Sarah Island, up the Gordon River and then back to Hell’s Gate, or Macquarie Heads. The first thing we noticed, well once I had my large latte from the Coffee Shack, was that it was very foggy. I mean very.

We were supposed to start with going to Hell’s Gate, the lighthouses I showed you yesterday, they are also called Macquarie Heads, but as it was so foggy and would be hard to see, we went to Liberty Point first and took a look at the salmon and fish farms.

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This is one of them and the fish are being fed. I’ve never seen anything like this before. I think I thought they would be different. They were really interesting. Some have nets, I think the ones being used, and then there were some without.

After here we traveled to Sarah Island. It was a convict settlement in the early 1800’s. Convicts who re-offended once they arrived were sent there, though Andrew, our tour guide there would probably have more information.

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It is a small island, and once Port Arthur was built this stopped being used for convicts. If you want to know why then you will need to go and do the tour. Andrew was great and has a great way of getting everyone engaged in the story of the island.

We then set off for the Gordon River.

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It was so stunning, even with the fog. It was so still and calm. Though the mist did make it very hard to take photos. I had to carry a cloth in my pocket so I could keep cleaning the end of my lens. I think I did an okay job with it. I don’t know if it was raining or the fog was very thick, but I suspect it was raining as well. Crazy day.

We did stop in one place, Heritage Landing. We were allowed off the boat to take photos and walk around the rainforest there. It is very different to the rainforests I’m used to. The Huon Pine tree is very big here and the forests seem to be more about them.

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I just took lots of photos of the little things. I did wish I had taken my macro lens with me. Again we were given a presentation on the Huon Pine and why it was special.

We then headed to Hell’s Gate.

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It was great to get up close to the lighthouses. We went out to sea a little, but not too far. We all stayed on deck, which was fun.

Though heading here I had a little accident. I am fine, the D750 is fine, and well the 28-300mm is fine, but it seems the lens really had an issue with the lens cap, and, well, today while I was walking out onto the deck of the boat, it rejected the cap and it went flying across the deck and into the water. I tried to recover it, but the water is really too cold for that kind of rescue. Oh dear, I hope NIkon won’t be too upset.

I have been using their camera, the D750 from Nikon Australia exclusively for this whole trip, which has been wonderful. It is nice to try new things, or try them again. I used this camera when I went to the US last year. I still have the 28-300mm lens, which will be returned soon. Nearly all the photos from the last few days were taken with that lens. Some from Queenstown were taken with the 14-24mm around the mines.

The tour was great, it lasted for six hours and a wonderful lunch was included. The staff were friendly and helpful. There was so much information given and I do feel like I have a better understanding of the area now. I would highly recommend a tour with World Heritage Tours if you come to Strahan.

I have more photos now, which I will put into a gallery for you.  We are headed to Hobart tomorrow, it will be very sad to leave here and I really look forward to getting back to the west coast on another visit.