Local Love: 5 Unforgettable Tassie Sights

3 September 2014

Continuing our series looking through the eyes of local photographers across Australia, we come to the southernmost state of them all: Tasmania.

Tassie local Kathryn Leahy has been capturing beautiful moments around the Apple Isle and shared five of her favourites with us, proving that this small island state is big on awe-inspiring sights.

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1. Styx Big Tree Reserve

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 Big Tree Reserve in the Styx State Forest

"I was surprised to find that not many Tasmanians had even heard of the Styx Valley and the Big Tree Reserve. Known locally as ‘The Valley of the Giants’, this untamed old growth forest in the Styx Valley just past Mt Field National Park feels almost trapped in time.

I love exploring the rich, red, tannin-stained river that runs from the isolated south west wilderness - and the trees! Some of the tallest hardwood trees in the world call the Styx home, including majestic Swamp Gums that grow up to 95 metres and are over 400 years old."
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2. Bay of Fires

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 Binalong Bay and the Bay of Fires

"Just as quickly as I hit the road for the Bay of Fires - fuelled with the anticipation of blazing orange lichen covered boulders and squeaky white granite sand, flanked by forests and azure waters-  it dawns on me what the true attraction is.

I arrive and realise it’s the feeling of this area, where quite often I’m alone on a beach with no one around and a sunrise mother nature prepared just for me."
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3. Tasman Island and Pennicott Journeys Eco Cruise

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 Pennicott Journeys Eco Cruise

"This is a Tasmanian experience you simply cannot miss. The Tasman Island Cruise will take you into sea caves, past seal colonies and close to some of the tallest sea cliffs in the Southern Hemisphere.

Combine that with a whale chasing adventure and visiting a remote island rising straight from the ocean topped with a lighthouse, and you have a day to remember for the rest of your life."
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4. Port Arthur Historic Site

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 The Port Arthur Historic Site

"It is true that what happens in darkness, will eventually be brought to light, and never more true than at the Port Arthur Historic Site on the Tasman Peninsula. Walking amongst the prison ruins and surrounding cottages and cruising to the Isle of the Dead, you can imagine early convict life in a place where the prison walls were the forests and the oceans themselves.

You sense the brutality, the isolation and the heartache of families left behind, many for the persecution of petty crimes. Port Arthur, for me, is a moving experience that makes me appreciate the simple things in my life."
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5. Kunanyi / Mt Wellington

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 Mount Wellington

"Most people drive straight to the summit lookout, take a photo and head back to Hobart city, but there’s a lot more to the mountain than first meets the eye. There is a huge network of walking tracks, waterfalls, stone cabins and 360-degree vistas.

My personal favourites are the Myrtle Gully track where you can find echidnas, platypus and waterfalls, the Pipeline Track that leads to a stunning view of the Organ Pipes, the Octopus Tree and O’Grady’s Falls."

 


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About Kathryn Leahy

Tassie local Kathryn Leahy has set herself on a path of backyard exploration and personal discovery. Since her beginnings as a social media explorer, she has been taking the back roads, capturing lesser known gems around her home state and sharing her passion for the outdoors and photography with the world.
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