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The 11 Unmissable Photo Opportunities in Tasmania

Keep reading for the absolute best photos that you have to capture on your trip to Tasmania.

1. Bay of Fires
North East Tasmania

The fiery orange rocks of the Bay of Fires have become synonymous with Tasmania and you really need to see it for yourself.

White beaches, blue water and orange-hued boulders make for the perfect shot, but don’t just take your picture and leave, because camping on the beach is the best way to experience this area.

Bay of Fires isn’t a single individual bay, it’s actually an area of coastline stretching 50 kilometres on the northeastern coast of Tasmania.

The best locations to visit in the Bay of Fires area for epic photos are Suicide Beach and Binalong Bay.

Fun fact: The orange colour is actually orange lichen, a type of algae that grows on the granite boulders.

2. Dove Lake Boatshed
Cradle Mountain

Dove Lake Boatshed at Cradle Mountain. Best Photos Tasmania.
Dove Lake Boatshed at Cradle Mountain

The Dove Lake Boatshed is an iconic part of the Tasmanian landscape and no matter the weather, your photos will always come out great.

Sat in the shadows of the dolerite peaks of Cradle Mountain, the old boatshed and the glacially carved lake is a real sight to behold.

The best way to experience the boatshed is to complete the Dove Lake Walk, a 6km circuit around the lake that ends at the old wooden hut.

When your Instagram grid is full of Tasmania’s blue oceans, bays and beaches, a trip to the Central Highlands is the perfect way to experience a completely different landscape.

Whilst you’re in the area, the Kitchen Hut is also a cool photo spot.

The Kitchen Hut in Cradle Mountain National Park
The Kitchen Hut in Cradle Mountain National Park

The old building is a sheltered resting place for hikers tackling the mountain summit, although it doesn’t have an actual kitchen inside unfortunately.

3. Wineglass Bay
Freycinet National Park

Wineglass Bay in Freycinet National Park, Tasmania
Wineglass Bay in Freycinet National Park, Tasmania

For this shot alone, Wineglass Bay needs to be on your bucket list when visiting Tasmania.

Located in Freycinet National Park on Tassie’s east coast and only accessible by foot or by boat, you can easily imagine how pristine this area really is.

The one-hour hike to Wineglass Bay lookout will offer a pretty epic shot, but keen photographers take the longer hike up to the top of Mount Amos.

From the Mount Amos summit you’ll be able to capture the best possible photo of Wineglass Bay nestled beneath The Hazards mountain range.

4. The Neck
Bruny Island

The Neck on Bruny Island. Best Photos Tasmania.
The Neck on Bruny Island

The Neck is a small isthmus of land that connects North & South Bruny Island.

From The Neck Lookout you’ll be rewarded with brilliant views of South Bruny, with the D’Entrecasteaux Channel on one side and Adventure Bay on the other.

Sunset is the best time to visit The Neck, and photographers often set up tripods to capture the perfect time-lapse.

Bruny Island is accessible by ferry from Kettering, which is about 30 minutes drive from Hobart.

5. Bridestowe Lavender Estate
Nabowla

Bridestowe Lavender Estate, Tasmania
Bridestowe Lavender Estate, Tasmania

Bridestowe Lavender Estate in north east Tasmania has become a bit of a social media hot spot in recent years.

For a small fee, you can head down in your cutest purple outfit and pose amongst the French lavender crops to your heart’s content.

The lavender flowers are in full bloom in Summer (Dec-Feb), but Bridestowe’s lavender ice cream and lavender lattes are delicious all year-round.

6. The Pinnacle, kunanyi /Mount Wellington
Hobart

View of Greater Hobart from the Pinnacle Summit of Mount Wellington. Best photos Tasmania.
View of Greater Hobart from the Pinnacle Summit of Mount Wellington

Photographers love an elevated viewpoint and the Pinnacle Summit at the top of Mount Wellington (kunanyi in the Aboriginal language) is one of the best.

Because Hobart sits directly at the base of the mountain, the views of Greater Hobart from the top are spectacular, and you can even see all the way to Bruny Island on a clear day.

7. Little Blue Lake
South Mount Cameron

Little Blue Lake via Dales of Derby
Little Blue Lake via Dales of Derby

Little Blue Lake in far north east Tasmania is a natural phenomenon which occurred during the mining period.

The lake was originally a mining hole and is now a vivid aquamarine colour because of the minerals at the base.

As much as the photos make the blue water look inviting, swimming is not allowed because of the high mineral content.

8. Painted Cliffs
Maria Island

Painted cliffs Maria Island. Best photos Tasmania.
The Painted Cliffs on Maria Island via Encounter Maria Island

The Painted Cliffs on Maria Island are a wonder to photograph.

Streaked and patterned with iron oxide layers, the stone really looks as though it’s been painted by hand.

Found on the Painted Cliffs Track, the cliffs are a must-see attraction if you’re taking the ferry over to Maria Island.

9. Hobart Waterfront
Hobart

Constitution Dock on the Hobart Waterfront. Best Photos Tasmania.
Constitution Dock on the Hobart Waterfront

Hobart waterfront (Constitution Dock) is my favourite place to photograph in the city.

Old fishing boats are dotted in between wooden boardwalks, and the Georgian era buildings lining the harbour give you a feel for what Hobart was like back in the early nineteenth century.

10. Richmond Bridge
Richmond

Richmond Bridge in Tasmania. Best Photos Tasmania.
Richmond Bridge in Tasmania

Richmond Bridge in, you guessed it, Richmond is the oldest stone bridge in Australia and one of the best photo spots in the country.

Built by convicts in the 1820s, the heritage listed arch bridge over the Coal River is an important piece of Tasmania’s history as a penal colony.

Sunset is the best time to snap photos of Richmond bridge, when the setting sun shines through the arches and turns the stone golden.

11. Halls Falls
Pyengana

Halls Falls via Waterfalls of Tasmania

Waterfalls always photograph well, but Halls Falls in Pyengana are especially brilliant because of the abundance of lush Tasmanian ferns in the area.

Located inland from St Helens on the east coast, deep blue water is set within cool temperate rainforest and swimming is possible if you can brave the cold waters.

I hope you enjoyed my guide to the best photos to take in Tasmania. Don’t miss my ultimate guide to the best photos to take in Melbourne.