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Four Fave Photo Spots in the Derwent Valley & Central Highlands

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In this week’s good news story, it’s almost springtime! Secret daffodil fields will appear, bare branches will burst with blossom, baby animals will take their first wobbly steps (or hops), and we’ll hopefully stop feeling like we’re north of the wall.

The impending unthawing of fingers is excellent news for photography enthusiasts. Pack the camera and take a leisurely spring getaway through the scenic Derwent Valley and Central Highlands. Because we care deeply about how many likes you get on Instagram, we’re willing to divulge four of our favourite spots to capture those photographic stunners.

New Norfolk

This pretty town on the banks of the Derwent River is one of the oldest settlements in Tasmania. We can see why you’d pick this spot if you had first dibs! Early settlers planted countless poplar trees, which look amazing around New Norfolk today. The river is so scenic and is beautiful to photograph. For a top view of the town, take a short drive to Pulpit Rock Lookout.

Fill your belly with scrumptious local, seasonal food (and get your history fix) at The Agrarian Kitchen Eatery & Store in historic Willow Court. Treat yo’self to a luxurious stay at Woodbridge on the Derwent (c1825), a grand Heritage-listed, convict built Georgian mansion on the riverside. Continue on to Bushy Park and spend the night at Heritage-listed Hawthorn Lodge, a lovely bed and breakfast that’s been welcoming guests since 1869, and is famed for being ‘the home of hops.’

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Mt Field National Park

Tasmania’s first national park is a big playground for photographers, with its diverse landscape of stunning vistas, lovely walks and abundant wildlife, not to mention its amazing waterfalls! Russell Falls is the star attraction, and has a history of being adored by photographers—it even featured on Australia’s first stamp! Now that’s some serious street cred.

To refuel after all that exploring, two solid bets for lunch and refreshments are Waterfalls Cafe & Gallery and The Possum Shed Cafe.

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Curringa Farm

They say you should never work with kids or animals, but if you love that sweet adrenaline rush, head to Curringa Farm at Hamilton. Between Billy the adorable farm dog and the sweet little lambs, you’re bound to get heaps of warm and fuzzy captures, while the gorgeous rural setting makes for some stunning landscape shots. The peaceful location away from bright city lights also means it’s a top spot to take magical photos of the night sky. Make the most of your visit and spend a night or two in the beautiful accommodation on the farm.

Lake St Clair

Lake St Clair is the deepest freshwater lake in Australia, and was formed during several glaciations over a casual two million years. So you could say any photos you take have been long in the making! There are some spectacular walks through the Lake St Clair / Cradle Mountain National Park, ranging from short to long, with plenty of opportunities to take epic, impressive shots of the lake and surrounding mountainous landscape.

Stay at nearby Derwent Bridge (keep an eye out for wombats), with both the Derwent Bridge Wilderness Hotel and Derwent Bridge Chalets & Studios offering comfortable, cosy accommodation.

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For more info on the region, see Derwent Valley / Central Highlands. For our three day and five day journey guides, see Derwent Valley Journeys. If you’re interested in a guided photography tour, see Shutterbug Walkabouts – Photography Tours and Outdoor Workshops.

And don’t forget to tag @hobartandbeyond and #HobartandBeyond if you’d like to share your photos with us—we love seeing what you get up to on your adventures!

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