The Land Downunder: South-West Tasmania
Speaking with people in Tasmania prior to a visit next month, we were bouncing ideas off about photography in certain locations. I got a referral to one of Australia's better known wilderness bushwalking writers, David Noble and his quite impressive collection of photographs. One referral had me land on two of his pages chronicling walks to the Eastern and Western Arthurs (an ancient, very rugged and remote range of mountains in the south-west of Tasmania) from 1975 to 2006; all the more remarkable is that in the 1970s, no easily navigable tracks existed! The area is now a little more walker-friendly (though the range gives nothing away as to weather hazards, rugged terrain and exposed camps) as to have tent platforms, pod toilets and even track markers. The Arthurs are well-travelled — a clear track has been reported as easily followed without difficulty from east to west — as a week-long destination and many other photographs have been located coming from lots of predominantly Tasmanian bushwalkers.
Overseas APUGers might be forgiven for thinking the views bore a semblance to the highlands of Scotland, maybe even Ireland, but no, this is what draws walkers from around the world to Tasmania's tempestuous mountains, and David has photographed them in all seasons. I've made a link to David's atmospheric photographs for interest here (2 pages).