Photo Gallery:

Southwest Tasmania

Most of Southwest Tasmania is a world heritage area comprised of nearly pristine wilderness. Exploring the area properly requires weeks of hard trekking through mud and dense vegetation over rugged mountains, with few tracks. Fortunately for the average traveller, hydro-electric developments led to the building of a road which allows a peek at this special region. If you go in winter, as I did, you might even get the area all to yourself.

The road into the southwest wilderness area
 
Looking over Hermit Basin towards the Frankland Range

Only one road ventures into the southwest wilderness area ... and it's not bad at all!

 

Looking over Hermit Basin towards the Frankland Range

 

Morning mist clearing from Lake Pedder at Ted's Beach campground
   

Northern end of Lake Pedder, near Strathgordon

Morning mist clearing from Lake Pedder at Ted's Beach campground

 

Northern end of Lake Pedder, near Strathgordon

The eastern end of Lake Pedder, Australia's largest freshwater lake, near Scott's Peak

The eastern end of Lake Pedder, Australia's largest freshwater lake, near Scott's Peak

 

Mt Eliza, Mt Anne, and Mt Sarah Jane from eastern Lake Pedder
   

Pre-dawn cloud over Lake Pedder

Mt Eliza, Mt Anne, and Mt Sarah Jane from eastern Lake Pedder

 

Pre-dawn cloud over Lake Pedder

 

Dawn light behind Mt Eliza, Mt Anne, and Mt Sarah Jane
   

Cloud plume over Mt Anne, the highest peak in southwest Tasmania

Dawn light behind Mt Eliza, Mt Anne, and Mt Sarah Jane

 

Cloud plume over Mt Anne, the highest peak in southwest Tasmania

The Arthur Range: like most of southwest Tasmania it is only accessible on foot