Tasmania is special because it has a lot to offer in a very small space. Australia is huge and can seem really daunting when you’re faced with 1,200 to 2,000km trips every other week. In Tasmania, I only had to drive a few hundred kilometres to see a completely different landscape. For a landscape and nature photographer, it is a dream come true. Tasmania also has some great mountains and really good walking tracks. Where hiking is concerned, Tassie takes the cake. Australia’s mainland just doesn’t compare.
Best places to visit in Tasmania – Mount Amos
I went to Tassie in December 2014 for 10 days. My itinerary took me up the entire east coast. I also visited Port Arthur and Bruny Island in the south. Here are some of the wonderful places I visited in Tasmania. Follow me on instagram @gregorsnell
When I think about my visit, my most impressive “wow” moment was hiking Mount Amos on the Freycinet Peninsula. The view of Wineglass Bay was simply stunning.
Hiking Mt. Amos was epic. The weather was great and there were no other tourists on the track, mainly because most people think it’s a difficult hike.
In reality it is a short two-hour hike to the summit and the reward is what many consider the best views of Wineglass Bay. It was recommended to me by a ton of locals and travellers so I had to go.
The hike starts from the main parking lot and is honestly a half day for any modestly fit person. Go for it, you won’t regret it. Ask the park rangers for advice on weather beforehand though. I would not try if it’s raining.
Bay of Fires
Another memorable moment was exploring the area around the Bay of Fires.
Abseiling Gordon Dam was cool. It’s a remote and interesting location. The operator Aardvark Adventures were great and come highly recommended.
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary is a must do if you’re an animal lover. It’s close to Hobart and can be easily visited on a half-day trip. It’s a fantastic place to see wildlife.
Lake Pedder is another place that is teeming with wildlife. I saw a spotted quall but didn’t have time to take a photo.
I was listening to the radio that morning driving out to Lake Pedder and the host was interviewing an opium farmer who had his crop broken into and some flowers stolen.
He was not happy and overall I found it a humorous interview. About 40 minutes later, we passed this huge opium field and I had to pull over to get the shot.
Interview with Greg Snell
If you were to revisit a city would you rather go to Launceston or Hobart, why?
Launceston. I got less time to explore it and some of my best Tassie friends are from there. And the beer is meant to be good.
If you were to go back to Tasmania with your family, where would you take them?
Tell us a bit about your background. What do you do and where does your work take you?
I studied Adventure Tourism Business Operations at the College of the Rockies in British Columbia, Canada. That should give a brief idea of my background.
My work takes me all over the world. I’ve been to over 50 countries.
Did winning Tourism Australia’s Best Jobs change your life?
Yes. Absolutely. My experience was an opportunity to learn and push the limits of a position that had never been done before and may never be done again in the future.
I had a lot of freedom to create and steer the Wildlife Caretaker job (in South Australia) in the direction I felt best sold the state as a destination.
I was able to experience a six-month position unlike any could have previously imagined.
Is living in Australia very different to living in Canada?
Canada and Australia have a similar colonial past with Britain, and even though the settlement history differs, the social structures are quite similar still to this day.
We have similar healthcare systems, education, political structure, UK alliance, resource based economies, etc. etc.
However the obvious difference is that of geography and climate.
Being born in the winter and having lived in the mountains, it was a welcomed change to find myself on some of the most epic beaches in Australia.
What kind of travelling do you like to do the most?
I like to explore new places that intrigue my sense of discovery. I like finding stories in my surroundings and connecting with the people who call the location home.
I also like getting out into the wild and visiting vast open spaces. Recently I have turned towards documentary style travel with the beginnings of TGTL.
I believe we can build a stronger future by engaging with local communities who empower positive change through action. This is the essence of our series and what I hope to portray on the screen.
You have some amazing photos on Instagram. Are you professionally trained?
Thank you. No I am not. I guess years and years of taking photos has helped train my eye. I also am lucky to own a very good camera. I shoot with a Canon 5D Mark III and three lenses, 16-35 L 2.8 / 24-70 L 2.8 / and the 70-200 L 2.8. It’s a pretty sweet little kit.
Anything else you’d like to tell the world?
Yes, if you’ve enjoyed this interview and want to follow along on my current adventures, check out Travel Global Think Local (.com) we just secured the initial capital to begin filming and the first three episodes and we begin production this May. It’s going to be epic!!