Tasmania: mountain climbing, bird-watching, fishing, trekking. I won’t go on and on. You might know there’s lots of outdoor things to do in Tasmania. You’ll enjoy fine Tasmanian food and wine even more when you’ve worked up an appetite in the fresh mountain air. And a good dose of exercise will bring on a case of sleeping beauty.
Photo Series: Tasmania Mountain
So Think Tasmania wants to offer some inspiration in the form of these fantastic photos by Dan Fellow. We’ve sung his praises before, and we’ll continue to do so! We’ve also promised to give you quality Tasmanian photos, so this is the first in a series of pictures from Tassie. We’ll put together a theme and showcase some great photography. All you have to do is look and admire.
Tasmania Mountain One: Mt Roland in Spring
What better place to start than with this great spring showing? In the municipality of Kentish in northern Tasmania, Mount Roland can be accessed from the nearby township of Sheffield. Weighing in at 1233m above sea level, this mountain is a stunner in any season.
Tasmania Mountain Two: Queenstown
Heading anti-clockwise around the Apple Isle from Sheffield, next up on our Tasmanian mountain photographic tour is in Queenstown on the west coast. Just to prove beauty is in the eye of the beholder, this mountain is known not for spring flowers, but for copper mining. Yet I think this photo is beautiful and interesting.
*Reader Sally wrote to us to let us know we made a mistake: the mountain you are referring to in the photo is not Mt Lyell, it is actually Mt Owen. Mt Lyell is situated to the left of the photo. Thanks for the correction Sally, and apologies all round for the original mistake.
Tasmania Mountain Three: Mt Nelson Signal Station
On we progress around Tassie until we come to the capital of Hobart. Here it becomes obvious that the wilderness areas of the island don’t command all the mountains. Some border the city too! I’ve chosen a photo from Dan’s collection; not of Mount Wellington, but one taken atop the smaller cousin, Mount Nelson.
Mount Nelson is easy to access from Sandy Bay and has a great lookout over the Derwent River. You can buy delicious hot chocolate at Station Cafe. Or maybe now that daylight savings has kicked in and we are heading towards summer, you might like a cold glass of wine at the outdoor seating perhaps?
Tasmania Mountain Four: Ben Lomond, North East
Located in Ben Lomond National Park and stretching to 1573m above sea level, you can find this beauty 50km south east of Launceston. Known as the place to go for snow-skiing in Tasmania, Ben Lomond also provides a very attractive backdrop to the Fingal Valley region at any time of the year. We skirted the area on a trip to the Bay of Fires and found the autumn weather to be calm and sunny… and altogether pleasant.
To complete the lap of the island and return to where we started in the north west, here’s a photo that also completes the seasonal rotation. It’s winter, there’s snow, and there’s a Tasmanian mountain. Where else could we be but Cradle Mountain? It’s one of the tourism icons of Australia, let alone Tasmania. Hard to choose just one photo (mountain or otherwise) to portray the beauty of Cradle Mountain National Park, but this is the one.
So you’d have to agree: this has been a very quick tour of Tasmania. Mountain photos by Dan Fellow for every season, and one extra thrown in for good luck. And don’t worry, I’m well aware there’s lots missing from the list. We’ll address that issue some other time.