LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY > SOUTHWEST NATIONAL PARK – SOUTH COAST TRACK REGION – TASMANIA > South Cape Bay Lion Rock Sunset Panorama (South Coast Track, Southwest National Park)
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Southwest National Park World Heritage Area is Tasmania’s largest park at 6183 square km (2387 square mi). With its jagged quartzite mountain peaks, battered coastlines and buttongrass moorlands, it is Tasmania’s most remote, wild and rugged wilderness.
South Cape Bay is the southernmost point of Australia and is located within Tasmania’s Southwest National Park World Heritage Area. South Cape Bay can be accessed by either the easy way or the hard way. The easy way is to start at Cockle Creek and walk for a couple of hours over relatively flat terrain with variable scenery through dry eucalypt forests, marshy heathlands and coastal shrub. The hard way is to fly into Melaleuca and walk for seven days (74 km (46 mi)) on Tasmania’s famous “South Coast Track”.
Lion Rock, a large rock island on the western end of South Cape Bay, heralds the home stretch of the South Coast Track. I have visited Lion Rock in many different types of weather, including the terrible and the beautiful, and nearly all of it has been photogenic. The area around Lion Rock on the far end of South Cape Bay, with its sculpted rocky shores and big boulders, makes it particularly artistic for photography.