Blogs from Southwest National Park , Tasmania, Australia, Oceania

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It is almost - or exactly, depending on which time zone you're in - two years to the day (which we've baptised, with much originality, "Tasmania Day") since Alex and I moved to his verdant, thrilling jewel of an island perched on the edge of the Southern Ocean. As always, a celebration calls for...a bushwalk with friends! This time we ventured to Southwest National Park to explore the beautiful Eliza Plateau near Mount Anne, which I visited as part of the famous Mount Anne Circuit in December 2013, an area famed for - in no particular order - its stunning views and atrocious weather which are, of course, mutually exclusive. Luck was, once again (it's going to run out soon, I know...), on our side and after a distinctly unpromising start the sun came out and ... read more
A cloud-filled Lake Pedder in the morning
Descending back to Condominium Creek
Dawn, Lake Pedder


One of the great pleasures of being a schoolteacher in Tasmania is getting a nice long summer holiday over much of December and January, perfect for getting outdoors and exploring the immense natural wealth of this little jewel of an island. No less than 45% of the state lies protected within National Parks and reserves - an absolutely vast amount. Much of the southwestern portion of the state, accounting for nearly a fifth of the island's area, remains almost completely untouched by Man and forms the UNESCO-listed Tasmanian Wilderness Heritage Area. From wild, deserted coastline to the world's largest tracts of untouched temperature rainforest, the range of landscapes and ecosystems is exceptional. One of the parks making up this vast emptiness is the intuitively-named Southwest National Park. Its highest peak, Mount Anne, is well known among ... read more
The path up from Scotts Peak Road to High Camp
View from the plateau
Our first view of formidable Mount Anne




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