Autumn in Tasmania

We keep close tabs on what is happening all over Tasmania in social media and see plenty of amazing photos and videos produced by our community and visitors as well. Here’s what has been popular this Autumn in our social media feeds.

Turning of the Fagus

The Turning of the Fagus happens every year in Autumn and is a popular event for our local photography community. The Fagus in the Autumn months changes colour creating these amazing yellow, orange, gold and red hues that are often in stark contrast to the deep greens found throughout most of the Tasmanian landscape.

Fagus or Deciduous beech (Nothofagus gunnii) if you want to get technical is a plant native to Tasmania and not found anywhere else in the world. It grows in the more mountainous and alpine regions of Tasmania meaning it’s not always that easy to get to.

Have I told you how amazing this place is? Cradle Mountain is a photography mecca. A perfect spot for a photography workshop for 3 days… smile emoticon Here are some more shots from earlier this morning. We visited the Waldeim Chalet, Weindorfer’s Forest and then moved just down the road to Mt. Kate’s Hut. All within walking distance of each other.

Fagus is also nicknamed Tanglefoot by local walkers as it’s branches which tend to hang around ankle height are easy to get stuck in and makes walking in areas it inhabits often difficult.

New trails at Derby

Derby has seen an explosion in new trails over Autumn with the new Blue Derby trail network opening up and becoming one of the hottest destinations for mountain bikers in the Southern Hemisphere almost overnight.

 

Currently there is almost 40km of single direction trail dedicated specifically for mountain biking in and around the town of Derby with another 40km mapped out or under construction. Trails range in difficulty with multiple lines and are perfect for both XC riders and those wanting to push their new Enduro/All Mountain rigs a little faster.

If you are looking for more information make sure to check out the Ride Blue Derby website.

Snow

Our first major snow of the year arrived in early May and proceeded to drive most Tasmanians into their wardrobes to find the winter puffer jacket. Iconic spots such as Mt Wellington and Cradle Mountain all received fresh coverings with snow on a number of days this Autumn down below 700m (same altitude as the springs on Mt Wellington).

For walkers and those out on some more remote tracks this autumn the fresh snow adds an extra layer of complexity to their trips but does mean we get to see awesome shots like these.

People seem to think wombats don’t like the snow. Those people are probably right! However, fresh snow doesn’t stop a hungry #wombat from exploring and foraging for its next grassy meal. On my hands and knees, I went fully wombat mode and chased after some cuties today around Cradle Mountain – with @kathflem we found six wombats today, which is awesome added with yesterday’s eight! If you’re wanting to see these guys in the wild, this area is a hot spot for them.

The snow also doesn’t slow any of our native wildlife down with plenty of wombats being spotted braving the cold conditions. We saw some great shots on snow days from Cradle Mountain with Wallabies, Wombats and Pademelons all featuring heavily in our Instagram feeds.

A number of our photographer friends also ventured further afield with areas such as the great lakes providing some amazing shots and slippery conditions for drivers. If you plan on driving up into high altitude areas remember to take snow chains.

Bioluminescence

Hobart residents were treated to a bit of a surprise this week with bioluminescent phytoplankton washing up on a number of beaches around Hobart including at South Arm and Kingston.

Mother Nature at her finest. Here you are seeing a large number of bioluminescent dinoflagellates creating phosphorescence in breaking waves. The most frequently encountered bioluminescent organisms may be the dinoflagellates present in the surface layers of the sea, which are responsible for the sparkling phosphorescence sometimes seen at night in disturbed water. This was my first time seeing this occurrence. No trick photography, no filters, this is what I could see with my eyes! Beautiful! As you walked towards it the ground glowed where ever you placed your feet! Was I excited? You bet!

The phytoplankton are a form of algae that under the right conditions can bloom and wash up on beaches creating this amazing light display.

The phytoplankton in spots were over an inch deep and up to two metres wide enabling people to walk out into it and set off the light generating chemical reaction. Even ripples and small waves were enough to generate the amazing blue light.

Shipsterns

Autumn is the perfect time of year for surfers visiting Tasmania with antarctic swells from the Southern Ocean smashing up against Tasmania creating some massive surf breaks.

The massive break at Shipsterns Bluff on the Tasman Peninsula produces huge 20 foot barrels and attracts some of the best big wave surfers in the world. This surfing spot is also incredibly dangerous with a history of causing broken bones and near death experiences.