Photo essay: Tasman Peninsula landscape and wildlife

Photo essay: Tasman Peninsula landscape and wildlife

Tasmania Tasman Peninsula wildlife and landscape
Photos: Jewels Lynch

As this was my very first time in Tasmania, I really had no idea what to expect of the weather. So I took lots of layers, everything from gloves and beanies to a bikini. A bag of clothes plus my camera gear meant I wasn’t travelling light. At the time I was still using my first DSLR, a Nikon D7000 with the basic kit lens, a Manfrotto tripod and my iPhone 5.

Port Arthur 2

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It was my first day and I’d had to make a mad dash from Hobart to Port Arthur to make it on time for my cruise with Pennicott’s Journey along the Tasman Peninsula.

We returned much later than expected and I’d had no time to research where I wanted to chase the sun. I decided to look at the maps and just find the closest coastal spot that I thought would have a great perspective.

I got completely lost and after u-turning a few times, reaching a dead end road, and turning around one last time in another direction, the reflection on this small swamp caught my eye.

I stopped the car quite precariously on the side of the road, waded through some soggy waist high grass and decided I just needed to take the shots from there. They turned out alright didn’t they?

tasman peninsula landscape and wildlife

Tasman Peninsula landscape and wildlife

Cruising the Tasman Peninsula is one of my favourite things to do in Tasmania. I visited with Pennicott Wilderness Journeys on a day trip. The landscape is breathtaking. We sped along the extraordinary coastline and come across seals, amazing birdlife and caves.

A pod of dolphins swam alongside our boat, playfully jumping and racing. The rock formations and scenery while on the tour, make it one of my very favourite tours I have ever done.

On my first night I stayed at the Stewarts Bay Lodge. Nature lovers would really love this place. The restaurant ‘Gabriels on the Bay’ was lovely. The food and the scenery from both the restaurant and my little log cabin, with a balcony overlooking the water and trees, was lush and serene.

On my second night I stayed at Edge of the Bay Resort, in the heart of the Freycinet Peninsula, looking over to Coles Bay and great Oyster Bay. My studio apartment was very comfortable and had great views.

My last night was spent in a little beachside cottage at Binalong Bay called the Bay of Fires Character Cottages. It’s a stone’s throw from the white sand, red rocks and azure blue water.

tasman peninsula landscape and wildlife

Tessellated Pavement

I wouldn’t blame you if you thought this place had been artificially created. The place just doesn’t look real. The Tessellated Pavement at Eaglehawk Neck is a naturally occurring geometrical formation of the rocks created over a long time. They are almost perfect rectangles or squares on the flat rock bed along the coastline. It’s a ‘must see’ for a sunrise in Tassie.

Tasman Peninsula 7

While in Port Arthur I visited the Tasmania Devil Conservation Park and saw two of these curious creatures battle it out for their lunch.

I was so excited because I had never ever seen a Tassie devil before, anywhere. As they are an endangered species, I was especially glad to visit them here where the priority is to conserve these amazing and unique creatures.

It was really incredible to watch the animals show off who’s boss by fighting for the daily meal. Boy, are they noisy!

I remember at first thinking his scarred face must have been caused by the tumours the devils are affected by but they were actually caused by the way two devils go at dividing up a meal. Often their own faces accidently getting in the way!

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Fur Seals

New Zealand fur seals are commonly found along the Tasman Peninsula.

This was my first solo road trip as a full time social media influencer. I visited in February. The days were mostly quite warm, although it rained a lot. I’ve also been back to Tasmania in September.

I visited the place in southern Tasmania where my friend Garry Norris grew up. It was fairly cold then.

Tasmania is serene and peaceful. When I’m there I feel much more connected to the earth and nature. I’d go back to Tasmania a million times if I could.

On my list are Wineglass Bay, Cradle Mountain, Maria Island and Flinders Island.

I’d love to visit in the depths of winter and see some snow! Now that would be awesome!

Jewels Lynch was a guest of Tourism Tasmania

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