Tasmania is the most southern state of Australia, situated south of the 40 degree south parallel. The island is an absolute paradise for photographers and those keen on the great outdoors!

Admiring the view - drawn like me to a beautiful sunset, another enjoys the view and solitude

Bay of fires/Bicheno

This part of Tasmania's east coast runs from Binalong Bay in the south up to Eddystone Point. Its shoreline is characterised by orange colour granite boulders that line the white beaches and brilliant blue seas. Its a must for photographers #bayoffires #Tasmania

I have included shots here from Bicheno because the granite lined foreshores have the same remarkably marked boulders.

A hidden little cove, Bay of Fires

Textures of the Bay of Fires

Textures of the Bay of Fires

Binalong Bay, Bay of Fires

Bay of Fires colours

Sunset at Bicheno

Rock formation Bicheno

Remarkable patterns, Bicheno

Life in many forms, Bicheno

So many colours!

Sunset, Bicheno

Pencil pines, Pine Lake and Central plateau

When you ascend the Great Western Tiers from the rich farmland of northern Tasmania you reach a stark wilderness full of amazing wonders, many found only in Tasmania.

Pine Lake

Pine lake

Waterfalls and river swirls

Waterfalls abound in Tasmania, we only saw a few but they were very therapeutic to photograph.

The main falls at Westmoreland Falls

Montana falls (lower falls)

One of the falls at Westmoreland Falls

Iconic Russell Falls, Mt Field National Park

Guide falls

Guide falls

A small run below the main Westmoreland falls

Swirling patterns, Mt Field National Park

Below Westmoreland Falls

Montana falls (upper)

Horseshoe falls, Mt Field National Park

Matthina Falls

Fungi and other critters

Our visit coincided with the peak of the fungi season. We bumped into a couple who said they had seen very little fungi in April. It was a very different story in mid to late May!

Canary worm

The frozen world of Mt Barrow

Mt Barrow in the state's northeast is an imposing mountain with a nail biting ascent to the top. We made the ascent on a balmy day in mid may where it was still and 4 degrees. It was not difficult to imagine it as an utterly freezing place with bone numbing winds in more normal conditions!

Ice patterns, Mt Barrow

Life goes on

Ice formation, Mt Barrow

Aurora Australis and Tasmanian night skies

For more images see my Aurora Australis gallery, however these were a couple of highlights of imaging the aurora and the night sky (Milky Way) during my time in Tasmania)

The two Magellanic Clouds and a delicate aurora from Cape Tourville looking south, 21 May 2023

The Aurora Australis from Cape Tourville, 22 May 2023

The yellow green arc of the Aurora Australis viewed from Cape Tourville in the early hours of 22 May 2023

The full extent of the Emu viewed from Cape Tourville lighthouse, 21 May 2021

Skies free of light pollution and clean air enable things I thought not possible such as the detail and colours around the Southern Cross viewed from Cape Tourville, Tasmania @42 degrees south. This was a single image at ISO 3200, for 8 seconds shot at f2.8 on the Nikon D850