Bay of Fires

May 28, 2023  •  6 Comments

After we left Cradle Mountain, we drove to St. Helens on the coast in order to photograph the Bay of Fires.

Famous for its crystal-clear waters, white sandy beaches and orange lichen-covered granite boulders, the Bay of Fires is one of Tasmania's most popular conservation reserves. The Bay of Fires conservation area extends along the coast from Binalong Bay in the south to Eddystone Point in the north.  This shot was taken from Binalong Bay.  Its name refers to the Aboriginal fires spotted by Captain Tobias Furneaux when he sailed past in 1773, but it could also apply to the brilliant orange lichen that grows on the granite boulders lining the bay. 

Sunrise at Binalong Bay. We had some pretty nice colours this morning.  I should also add that the weather had improved and it was much warmer than Cradle Mountain.  However, I was still wearing lots of layers at 5 AM in the morning.

One morning we checked out Mt. Paris Dam located along the banks of the Cascade River in North East Tasmania.  The dam is surrounded by ferns and a reclaiming forest.  Construction of the dam began in 1935, and was completed less than a year later in 1936. It was previously referred to as the Morning Star Dam. The dam is the only one of a buttress and slab construction in Tasmania, and one of just a  handful of that construction in the country.

The late 1800s and early 1900s witnessed a major mining boom across the whole North East, with the towns of Derby, Branxholm and Weldborough thriving. ⠀The dam, built for the Mt Paris Tin Mining Company,  played a valuable part in the regions history. It was built entirely by hand and was one of the biggest in the area.  Over 70 men worked construction, with single men accommodated on site, and those married offered camping at a nearby picnic site with their families. Today the Dam is no longer used.  I enjoyed climbing on the rocks and composing different shots.

A wide angle view of the area.

Picnic Rocks, Mt William National Park, Tasmania.

 I settled on this compostion, waited for some nice light and did a long exposure.   We had to drive for about an hour to get to Picnic Rocks.  It was a fairly windy night but we found a great spot to shoot behind some boulders which offered us protection.    The drive back to the hotel  was a nightmare and one which I never want to do again.  The problem was that we were going through a forested area in the dark with kangaroos and wallabies and various other animals constantly jumping either at the sides of the road or on the road in front of us.  Fortunately, Alan was a very good driver and is  used to these conditions but it sure scared me.  I told Alan that I did not want to repeat this drive:).  

The next morning we shot sunrise at Binalong Bay at the eastern side of the headland. 

Mathinna Falls.  Mathinna Falls,  is located in the Mathinna Falls Forest Reserve, approximately 10 kms north of Mathinna, Tasmania.  We stopped here on our way to Bicheno.   Bicheno is on the east coast,  185 km north-east of Hobart  on the Tasman Highway, with a population of around 950.  We would be spending a couple of nights here.

For sunset, we drove to Coles Bay and photographed the Hazards.  Taken from Wikipedia: The Hazards are a mountain range located in the Freycinet National Park on the east coast of Tasmania, Australia. The range is positioned between Coles Bay and Wineglass Bay and are said to be named after local whaler, African-American Captain Richard Hazard. The range consists of 5 mountains; Mayson, Amos, Dove, Baudin and Parson.[2]Famous features of the park include its red and pink granite formations and a series of jagged granite peaks in a line, called "The Hazards".


Jane Jamison(non-registered)
I'm a sucker for lone trees, especially is dramatic scenes; so I loved the 2nd and 3rd shots. Raw nature is totally beautiful.
Otra vez que volvéis a hacer me soñar...!
Qué maravilla de fotos que me hacen vivir el momento como si estuviera alli mismo.
Gracias y sigo esperando nuevos envíos
Gwendolyn Rattle(non-registered)
Wow! All the colourful elements are present here. Air, earth/rock, water, fire. Inspiring and awesome.
Bill Porter(non-registered)
Beautiful pictures and interesting history.
DORIS DIAMOND(non-registered)
Beautiful, as usual. Love the way you captured the light!
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