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The Island of Tasmania: Australia in its Natural State

There are few places on earth that posses the many faces of natural beauty than Australia and its surrounding islands. From the stark, rugged beauty of its arid outback to the wet, flora-rich tips of the north, Australia is a continent that represents nearly every climate, terrain, and shade of nature found on earth. Because of its wealth of natural spectacles, Australian culture has learned not to conquer nature, but to live in harmony with it. Nowhere in the country is this more obvious than the island of Tasmania.

Tasmania is part of the southeast corner of the Australian continent that, along with the territory around Victoria and New South Wales on the mainland, is considered to be of temperate climate. Yet, because the island of Tasmania sits some 240 kilometres (150 mi) south of the eastern side of Australia, is has remained remarkably untouched by industry and overdevelopment, particularly in recent generations. Nearly 37% of Tasmania is protected by national reserves, and a new generation of a committed “Green movement” have made tremendous strides to continue to protect the habitat and environment.

Mountains Like You’ve Never Seen!

Tasmania has tried its hand at several industries throughout its long history as both a colony and Australian state. However, mining and agriculture have mostly given way to a booming tourism industry, with the main attraction being Tasmania’s spectacular natural habitat. Chances are, if you have a trip in mind for Tasmania, you’re coming to see the breathtaking mountains, rivers, rock formations, and exotic wildlife.

Although the island is now volcanically inactive, much of Tasmania’s landscape is accented by Jurassic dolerite rock, which is basically hardened magma and lava from eons-old volcanic eruptions. In fact, Tasmania has more of this dolerite rock than any other place on earth. The result is a wealth of natural “sculptures” that serve as monuments to this enchanting island. It is for this reason that Tasmania has become of the world’s favourite eco-tourism stops, particularly for those who wish to photograph its iconic terrain and wildlife.

Among the many regions of the island known for its captivating mountains and rock formations, the most sought after tend to be Mount Ossa, which is located in the world famous Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park and is Tasmania’s tallest mountain, standing at 1,617 metres, certainly worth visiting should you come for a holiday to Tasmania.

Rivers, Lakes, and Bays!

Many of the mountain ranges give way to spectacular rivers, lakes, and waterways that are renowned for their burgeoning, diverse ecosystems. The azure splendor of Dove Lake, for example, lies at the base of the famed Cradle Mountain region, and features lush, forested landscapes around the lake as well as a lovely hiking trail that can be completed in one to three hours, perfect for an easy-going day trip.

A larger body of water is the famed Wineglass Bay in Freycinet National Park. Located some 125 km northeast of Hobart, the capital of Tasmania, Wineglass Bay in home to a wide range of fascinating wildlife and terrain. Jagged, provocative rock formations surround the bay and mix with a sandy beach. In short, the Freycinet Peninsula brings water, mountain, and forest together in perfect harmony with one another, and makes for a wonderful place to visit while in Hobart.

All of the rock formations in Tasmania also make for some of the world’s most beautiful waterfalls. Perhaps the best place to see and photograph waterfalls in Australia is in Mount Field National Park, where you can see the many faces of Russell Falls. Unlike the massive Niagara or Victoria Falls, Russell falls features a series of smaller, enchanting waterfalls that feature several different curtains and tiers. Lush forests surround both the falls and Mount Field National Park, creating a simply magical natural landscape.

Traveling To Tasmania? Don’t Forget Your Camera . . . and Rechargeable Batteries!

If you’re planning on taking your next holiday in Tasmania, chances are you’re a person who appreciates nature and enjoys camping, hiking, fishing, or the outdoors in general. Whether you’re bringing your fishing gear or hiking boots on your next trip, you definitely don’t want to forget your camera! Professional and amateur photographers alike have flocked to Tasmania in order to try and capture the natural beauty of this land. And while a photograph cannot truly capture what it is like to stand at the bottom of Russell Falls or look out across the azure Wineglass Bay, your photos will indeed take you back to the magic of Tasmania whenever you look at them.

Avid photographers with SLR-style cameras will certainly want to bring along a wide array of lenses for photographing Tasmania. Wide lenses are particularly useful in capturing the grandiosity of the Tasmanian landscape; smaller, pocket-sized digital cameras are less apt to give you the same perspective.

On the other hand, you’ll also have the opportunity to photograph plenty of wildlife up close, and get close to impressive natural sites as well. For this kind of photography, both an expensive SLR as well as a good-quality pocket camera, such as the Canon Elph, will do you well during your time in Tasmania. Also, be sure to bring plenty of batteries with you for your digital cameras. Because of Tasmania’s strict environmental standards, it is best to bring rechargeable batteries with you, since disposable alkaline batteries are very bad for the environment and frowned on in Tasmania. There are also many battery chargers on the market today that offer a wide range of features that are perfect for travel.

Visit a New World That’s Not Too Far Away

Eons ago, the island of Tasmania was connected to the Australian continent. But since it has separated, Tasmania has evolved into a world unto itself, altogether different in climate, environment, and culture from the rest of the Australian mainland. It is for this reason that Tasmania makes for a wonderful place to travel – a chance to discover a new world that isn’t very far away!


3 Responses to “The Island of Tasmania: Australia in its Natural State”


  1. 1 Lydia Daugherty Sep 20th, 2010 at 5:24 am

    Thank you, for expressing so much enchanting information about a precious Eco~system network.

    I dearly would love to go visit on a vacation and to look about for a place to take such wonderful
    photos.

    These are endearing along with all the in-depth information to go with it.

  2. 2 Cam Williams Jun 3rd, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    What a great article. Tasmania really is a place full of natural beauty. A place I recommend everyone should visit is the Far North Coast. I visited recently and absolutely loved it; not surprisingly since I am outdoorsy kind of guy! If anyone out there is interested in knowing more about this area of Tassie, have a look at this article – http://blog.discovertasmania.com/discoveries/on-the-edge-of-the-world

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