There are plenty of things Tassie does well and epic sunrises (and sunsets) are certainly one of them. While red sky in the morning is said to be a sailors warning (or is it shepherds?), there’s nothing quite like watching the sky burst into a myriad of colours to put a smile on your dial (impending weather or not).
If you are a big fan of saying hello to the sun, then you’re probably keen to find new locations to see this beauty. We’ve put together a list of a few special places to watch the sunrise in Southern Tasmania, that might tickle your fancy.
1. kunanyi/Mount Wellington
Of course, it isn’t a trip to Hobart unless you have watched the sunrise from the pinnacle of kunanyi/Mount Wellington. Facing east at an altitude of 1,271 metres, the mountain offers amazing scenery overlooking Southern Tasmania and out towards the east coast. Arrive at first light to watch the city lights slowing dim as the sun begins to rise and take time to appreciate a beautiful moment in nature.
Mt Wellington is just a 20-minute drive from the Hobart CBD. During the winter season, the road can often be closed due to frost and snow so be sure to check the road status before you head off for your morning adventure.
2. Tessellated Pavement
A geological phenomenon created by rock becoming fractured through Earth movements, the Tessellated Pavement is a truly unique site. The consistent erosion of the pavement has created “tiles” that almost resemble something man-made. Facing east the sunrises here are always stunning and when combined with the reflections off the water, are a photographers delight.
3. Bruny Island Lookout
There are plenty of beautiful beaches to take a sunrise stroll along Bruny Island but watching the sky light up from the Truganini Lookout at the Bruny Island Neck is a bit of a favourite.
Make a weekend of it and stay on Bruny for a night or two. You can even camp at The Neck Reserve so you can get that extra little bit of sleep before sunrise.
4. Cape Hauy, Cape Raoul & Cape Pillar
The sea cliffs of the Tasman Peninsula are spectacular at any time of day but set against a colourful sky, the scenery goes to another level. Cape Hauy, Cape Raoul and Cape Pillar offer some of the best vantage points for capturing the colourful sky but you’ll have to work for it. For a sunrise at Cape Hauy and Cape Raoul, expect to walk in the dark for few hours to reach the lookout and for those wanting to catch a Cape Pillar morning, you will be required to camp the previous night at the camping site near the cape and walk to the cape that morning. If you would prefer a more relaxed viewing, visit the Tasman Arch and Devils Kitchen for another spectacular sunrise scene.
5. Hobart Waterfront
The Hobart waterfront is beautiful rain, hail or shine but there is something special about it being dressed up in gold. The soft hues light up the heritage buildings and the reflections on a calm morning are breathtaking. Visit Constitution Dock at sunrise to see the mountain light up, the fishing boats bob around and enjoy a quiet moment while the rest of the city sleeps.
6. Blackmans Bay & Kingston Beach
The perfect location for a sunrise mission, Blackmans Bay and neighbour Kingston Beach are always a hit. Fossil Cove at Blackmans Bay is especially beautiful against the golden morning light.
With Kingston Beach and Blackmans Bay located just 15-20 minutes from Hobart’s CBD, you won’t have to worry about getting up too early to see the rising sun (especially in winter).
7. Hartz Mountains National Park
There’s nothing quite like watching the sunrise or set from the mountain peaks. It might be a little extra effort but if you are willing and able then it’s a must. Hartz Peak is a wonderful spot if conditions are in your favour, with views across the magnificent Southwest National Park sure to delight a budding photographer. If you aren’t feeling quite that energetic then the Waratah Lookout is just a short stroll from the Waratah Picnic Shelter offers scenic views of the Huon Valley and Wellington Range.
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Header Image: Mount Wellington Sunrise by Andrew Phipps @eagleeyetas