West Coast Itinerary
Location 1 - From Sheffield we would suggest you don't head too far. Cradle Mountain National Park is just a stone throw away from Sheffield and in April offers some of Australia's prettiest Autumn colours. The world-famous Cradle Mountain landscape is transformed in Autumn by the Deciduous beech (Nothofagus gunnii), also known as the Fagus Tree.
Although early April may be a tad early for the full effects of Autumn to show, head yourself into the National Park and you'll find some great little sections of this tree to photograph.
We suggest you either take the short walk up the Hounslow Track found near the Waldheim Village inside the National Park, or if you are the more adventurous type, and have a good level of fitness, head on up to the Twisted Lakes region on the western side of Cradle Mountain plateau.
Location 2 - Once you have finished exploring the Cradle country region, we suggest you head north west, very north west. Head to the Tarkine region of Tasmania. A relatively untouched region that holds as much beauty as anywhere else in Tasmania. Endless coastlines of rugged, weathered rocks to the ancient and temperate rainforests that make up one of the worlds last and largest remaining cool temperate regions. We highly suggest visiting the region of Sarah Ann Rocks and Couta Rocks for a classic and wild sunset. And we suggest driving the Tarkine Drive to capture all the incredible rainforest views.
Location 3 - Today will see you head down the west coast. There are two ways to travel south from the Tarkine region and that will depend strongly on your vehicle. If you have your own vehicle and are ok to drive on dirt roads, then we highly recommend that you travel down the Western Explorer Rd to Corinna and then onto your next stop of the seaside town Strahan.
If you are in a hire car, you may wish to opt for the route (A2 and then A10) south that can take you via Dip Falls and passed Waratah (a small turnoff). You'll also travel passed some spectacular sights along the A10. As you head south you can take a small detour along the B28 road that has some amazing views of Mt Murchison, the Tyndalls Ranges and overlooks the entire Cradle Mt National Park on a clear day.
Once in Strahan, put your feet up and enjoy this peaceful seaside township.
Location 4 - Before you head off from Strahan be sure to go check out Henty Dunes. A stunning section of dunes and views along the rugged coastline. Worth possibly exploring this later afternoon or early morning to get that perfect light. Also explore the Ocean Beach lookout. This place makes for a perfect spot for sunset shots.
Once you are ready to go head towards the historic mining town of Queenstown en route to Hobart/Launceston. Don't forget to stop on your way out of Queenstown to photograph the Horsetail Falls - which in April should be in full flow. After shooting these falls, don't put your camera away too quickly, as we have another waterfall, Nelson Falls, to shoot as you head your way back east towards Hobart/Launceston.
This section of road (A10) has some amazing west coast rainforest views and loads of places to stop and stretch the legs with your camera in hand. Be sure to stop for a quick break and walk the short Franklin River Nature Walk, some beautiful old trees in this location and the famous Franklin River running along side.
Once you get to Lake St Clair (Australia's deepest freshwater lake) up the road a bit you can stop for the night if you please. The lake at sunset is one to take in. Just rug up as you are located at around 800m above sea level and it can snow here all year round.
Location 5 - After a nice restful night at Lake St Clair its time to head further east towards Hobart or Launceston.
If you choose to go back to Launceston then be sure to check out the Highland Lakes region and Meina. High up on the central plateau you will capture some stunning lake scenes, and surrounding mountain ranges.
If you are heading via Hobart be sure to stop into the quaint little hydro township of Tarraleah. A stunning little township that has both highland cows to photograph and a colourful array of houses lining the main street. Both make for some interesting photographs.