Photo opportunities in North West Tasmania
While photogenic at any time of the year, the North West of Tasmania has a particular sparkle throughout the summer months. The temperatures are reasonable, with most days sitting around 25 degrees Celsius, and the sunshine turns the azure waters of the north-west beaches into playgrounds for residents and visitors.
A key part of experiencing the region is taking memorable photos, capturing moments to reminisce on for years to come. North West Tasmania has a variety of popular photo opportunities; from capturing friendly wombat neighbours at Cradle Mountain to the iconic lighthouse at Mersey Bluff, there's an array of opportunities to capture the best vacation snapshot.
Mersey Bluff Lighthouse
The Mersey Bluff Lighthouse, which stands at the entrance of the Mersey River, is distinctive because of its red and white colours. The river mouth is also the opening for which Spirit of Tasmania enters and docks from its journey across Bass Strait. Walk along the path from the popular Drift Cafe and enjoy rocky coastal views as you make your way to the lighthouse for a photo!
The Giant Penguin in Penguin
Tasmania is well-known for little penguins (Eudyptula minor) which are the smallest species of penguin. While there are Many places to view the little penguins in the wild across the coast, be sure to stop for the ultimate penguin photo op in the charming town of Penguin. Unlike the little penguins, which can be hard to capture on camera - this one will happily smile for his photo.?
Wombats at Cradle Mountain
We might be a little biased on this island, but we think we have the best neighbours; they're nice to look at and they keep to themselves! ? You likely won't be able to pass through Cradle Mountain Lake St. Clair National Park without coming across one of these friendly creatures, so be sure to keep an eye out.
The Cradle Mountain Boat Shed
The boat shed at Cradle Mountain is one of the most popularity photographed locations on the Cradle Coast, and everyone who has witnessed the scenery in real-life can see why. As you wander around Dove Lake, you can feel the quiet calming presence of nature and the history of those who walked the land many years before us.
A scene visible from many angles across the Cradle Coast is the stunning backdrop of Mount Roland. Situated behind the quirky town of Sheffield (town of murals), the mountain range offers a popular walking track with two ways to tackle the ascent and descent. It also makes a great photo opportunity from the top, with expansive views of the north-west coast, but if you're not in for the six hour bushwalk, the view from the rolling hills below makes for a computer backdrop-worthy picture.
A perfect excuse to venture off the highway, Guide Falls is a great reward for very little effort. These falls flow just a 20-minute drive out of Burnie; the region's second biggest town. There's a viewing platform above the falls, accessible from the parking area, with also an option to get a little bit closer below.
The Nut at Stanley
The Nut at Stanley is one the region's must-experience and must-photograph locations. It makes for a beautiful photo from almost any angle, and in just about any weather. This ancient volcanic plug is the backdrop to the lovely little village of Stanley; which is known for its delicious seafood and charming character. To get to the top of The Nut, you can either walk up a short steep track or treat yourself to the chairlift.?
Picture this for a perfect photo op spot: a quiet Tasmanian settlement with a surprising waterfall cascading off the side of the village. That is exactly what you will find in Waratah! Picturesque all year, but if you happen to come in winter you might just see some snow, which adds to its wonder.❄️
A less travelled part of our patch that offers true Tasmanian visual appeal is the countryside surrounding the small village of Marrawah. Situated on the far north-west of the state, what makes this area particularly beautiful are the rolling hills of farmland, full of grazing livestock, which meet the sea, and all of the wild West Coast elements. There's nothing quite like golden hour on the West Coast of Tasmania - where the next stop after the great big blue is South America!
The Edge of the World
A place that lives up to its name, The Edge of the World feels like it was the first place on earth, with its wild waters and rugged coastline. Jagged rock formations at nearby Sarah Anne Rocks demonstrate how the environment has shaped the landscape. Harsh storms and gusting winds are the elements which give the Edge of the World and the entire Arthur River areas its character and prehistoric visual appeal.
Arthur-Pieman Conservation Area
The beautiful Tarkine coast holds so much valuable Tasmanian history and heritage. The drive alone to this rugged and magnificent place is worth writing home about and once you arrive, the opportunities to experience nature are endless. For the best photo, wait until just after the sun has set and all of the colours in the sky light it up for their final display before the darkness of night takes over.??
One of the 30 tallest mountains in Tasmania and the highest in the West Coast range, Mount Murchison dominates the skyline from the Tullah roadside. For those willing to climb it, it's a fierce out and back with incredibly rewarding views along the way - all worthy of photos. If you're simply passing through, the picture from the side of the highway will do just fine too. For an added moment of serenity (and if the weather is cooperating), pull into Lake Rosebery and capture the reflection of the mountain on the water.✨
Montezuma Falls and the Suspension Bridge
This tall Tasmanian waterfall and hotspot for both visitors and locals provides an excellent opportunity for photos as well as testing your limits. The narrow suspension bridge which crosses over the stream below provides an excellent vantage point for viewing Montezuma Falls. Bonus points for your photo if you can manage to get the bridge AND the falls in together!
The Strahan foreshore puts on a show especially as the sun goes down - but is photogenic at any time of the day! Boats come and go from various jetties and the heritage buildings make a beautiful backdrop for any photo of the village. As you walk along the foreshore, you'll witness different angles to capture its beauty. Let creativity lead the way!
Sarah Island, experienced best through Gordon River Cruises, tells tales of wild western convict past. The long jetty that extends outward from the island (which sits in Macquarie Harbour) is the usual suspect for photo opportunities, but you may find yourself capturing different moments as you explore the island on a guided a tour.
Nelson Falls is a regional gem and as been coined a favourite waterfall by many visitors. It's perfectly cascading tiers make for a wonderful classically Tasmanian photo, with lush West Coast rainforest surrounding the falls.
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