Cape Raoul, Tasman Peninsula,  Tasmania, 2021  

 

Photographs and commentary: copyright Jonathan C Nevill 2021, unless otherwise credited. Camera: Samsung Galaxy S7

 

The Tasman Peninsula contains many beautiful and interesting places. 
Perhaps the best known are the three capes: Cape Raoul, Cape Pillar, and Cape Hauy. 

In the above image you see (from left to right) Bruny Island (incomplete), South Arm Peninsula, and Tasman Peninsula.

 

If you look carefully, you can see the Cape Raoul walking track in this image.

Note how the vegetation thins towards the south of the Cape.

The large sausage-shaped barren area is a shallow dry pond, but what is the explanation of the semi-circle?.

 

 

 

 

January 6. There were many wildflowers in bloom, although Spring had long passed.

 

The starting point for the hike is the Cape Raoul car-park at the south end of Stormlea Road.

A local farmer provides limited camping facilities for a small fee.

The hike is about six walking-hours return (about 15km) and passes through forest, scrubland, and heathland.

The hike is largely through National Park, so you need a Parks Pass, available online through the Parks and Wildlife Service website.

 

There's much of interest in the vegetation, however the highlights are great views of the spectacular sea cliffs.

If you're lucky you might see an eagle or an albatross, although albatross particularly tend to keep to the open ocean.

Wildlife of the hopping variety is present, but largely under cover during the day.

The track itself is well-formed, and easy to follow (even at night).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notice the shadow on the ocean, cast by the setting sun.

 

The dolerite rock tends to break into vertical columns... visually amazing...

 

The eastern side of Cape Raoul, about an hour before sunset

 

 

 

Sun-set darkens the ocean, and turns the Cape into gold.... the image I was waiting for...

 

 

 

 

 

I love the way the clouds reflect on the ocean, in the soft light after sunset.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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