The Hazards, Coles Bay, Tasmania

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I just spent 8 nights in Tasmania travelling with my family. It was fantastic and hectic - and busy and full on. Lot's of driving, plenty of amusing situations and flying lemons (true story).

Basically we travelled to Bruny Island, Mt Wellington, Hobart, Friendly Beaches and Freycinet, St Helens via Bicheno and Binnalong Bay (part of the Bay of Fires), Far west to Stanley via the Table Cape and Launceston, South to Cradle Mountain and then further South to Hobart again via Liffey Falls and a day at Port Arthur before heading back to Brisbane.

This shot was taken one drab but very calm morning at Coles Bay. Only say, 3 minutes drive from the accommodation? Win!

Coles Bay is one very special place, just like all of Freycinet (of what I saw) and is very very worth visiting.

In the distance, the Freycinet Lodge can be seen.

Coles Bay

Coles Bay, the hub of Tourism on Tasmania's east coast, is an Australian town on the east Coast of Tasmania located 192 km (2hrs 20min drive) north east of Hobart and 209 km (2hrs 30min drive) south east of Launceston[2], being the main entrance point for visitors to the Freycinet National Park. It has a population of about 470 people including the surrounding area, but a large number of tourists visit the area for its scenery and outdoor activities, which include hiking, biking, fishing, boating and Sea kayaking.

The town is on the northern end of Great Oyster Bay with stunning views of the red and pink granite peaks known as The Hazards, on the Freycinet Peninsula. It is in the area of the Glamorgan Spring Bay Council. Each Easter the town is one of the three locations for the Australian Three Peaks Race, a continuous sailing and running event starting at Beauty Point just north of Launceston and ending at Hobart with runners scaling three mountains including Mount Freycinet (33 km run; 620 m ascent), Cooloola Coast Flower Show and the Foreshore Family Carnival from Boxing Day to New Year's Eve.

The Hazards

The Hazards are a rugged mountain chain in the Freycinet National Park on Tasmania's east coast. They are positioned between Coles Bay, Tasmania and Wineglass Bay and are said to be named after local whaler, African-American Captain Richard Hazard.

The Hazards are made of granite. Orthoclase, a pink feldspar gives the mountains their pink tint. Orthoclase, a pink feldspar gives the mountains and coastline their characteristic pink tint. Amos and Dove are two of the more well known mountains, with the track to the Wineglass Bay beach and lookout, lying besides Mount Amos.

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  1. Fegiz 42 months ago | reply


  2. servalpe 42 months ago | reply

    Outstanding blue tones and mood !

  3. andrew katic 42 months ago | reply

    nice mood here matt

  4. Beth Wode 42 months ago | reply

    Gorgeous shot. Will get there one day.

  5. fotoscape2009 42 months ago | reply

    Great shot Matt, love those blue tones!!

  6. PhilM Photography 42 months ago | reply

    I love the feel of this Matt.....

  7. robs cruising & diving pics 42 months ago | reply

    Super shot and enjoyed the write up :)

  8. Ian Clark - (Clarky) 42 months ago | reply

    hot shot, well done.

  9. Big Jobs 42 months ago | reply

    Did you drive all the way to Tassie? :)

  10. Christolakis 42 months ago | reply

    That's the one, great blue tones

  11. Matthew Stewart | Photographer 42 months ago | reply

    All the way! No way, hire car. Falcon XR6, made my little Mirage feel like a golf buggy.

  12. Rodney Topor 42 months ago | reply

    Wow! Great long exposure.

  13. CCPPPPPP [deleted] 42 months ago | reply

    I keep coming back to this one. Definitely one of your best, and one of the best I've seen anywhere for a while

  14. Martin Canning 42 months ago | reply

    Great shot - I like how calm it looks!

  15. Beetwo77 17 months ago | reply

    Fantastic blue tones. Lovely shot.

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