LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY > SOUTHWEST NATIONAL PARK – WESTERN ARTHURS RANGE – TASMANIA > Lake Oberon (Western Arthur Range, Southwest National Park)
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The Western Arthurs are renowned for being one of Australia’s most beautiful mountain ranges as well as one of its most dangerous due to its treacherous rock climbing sections and full exposure to the wild weather coming off the Southern Ocean.
Lake Oberon is perhaps the most famous feature of the Western Arthur Range and was made famous by Tasmanian landscape photographer Peter Dombrovskis’ photo of the three pandanis over Lake Oberon. What fills my heart with joy is that the Western Arthurs are protected within Tasmania’s Southwest National Park World Heritage Area, so we can continue walking there to see the same three pandanis growing ever taller. (They are not visible in this photo of Lake Oberon, but they are visible from another one I took: Lake Oberon 2 (Western Arthur Range, Southwest National Park).
The trek to the Western Arthurs begins at Scott’s Peak Dam. A full traverse of the Western Arthur Range takes about a week, but many people, including myself, only venture as far as Lake Oberon and then turn around, avoiding the most dangerous and technically difficult rock climbing sections. Tasmania’s renowned wilderness photographer, Peter Dombrovskis, died on Mt. Hayes, the highest peak of the Western Arthur Range.