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    Posted by Brett Jones December 17, 2013 - 346 views - 0 comments - 0 likes

    When most people think of Australia, their image of it is of summer.  Dry heat, deserts, red dirt, rolling waves on endless beaches, rolling sweat from farmer's brows as they carry on through a land that is unforgivingly dry. So unforgivingly dry, that in 1778, Australia was originally settled as a prison colony because prisoners would not try to escape from the prisons, they would be better off in the prison than struggling in the harsh outdoor conditions.  Many people travel from the Northern hemisphere during their winter to Australia, so they can instead enjoy another summer.


    But what about Australian winter?


    I'm a landscape photographer, and wintery scenery is my favourite kind of landscape to shoot. Thus is the reason I recently travelled to Northern Europe, where there is an abundance of cold scenes even in summer. However, for Australians who would like to look cheaper and closer to home for a winter retreat, and people overseas who'd like to see a different side of Australia, there are a few options!


    Namely, Tasmania.


    Although it was in my childhood, I can remember going to Tasmania, and the overall feel I can remember was a feel of winter.  It wasn't even winter when I went, but the feel of the island state was a huge contrast to other places I have have travelled to in Australia, it suited a winter atmosphere much more.  Flat plains, endless beaches and dry bush land were replaced by mountain ranges, rugged coastlines and delicate forestry.  Snow and frozen rivers surrounded Cradle Mountain, a beautiful world heritage listed national park area. There was plenty of involving walks for the keen hiker and/or photographer, and if you're more suited to luxury, there’s also some very lovely lodges around.


    Knowing that many members of this online community are English, I think I'd have to say that Tasmania is the most English looking state.  From the weather to the landscapes to the architecture, it’s more like England than any other state, in my opinion.


    Another interesting destination when in Tasmania is Port Arthur, home to a really good and realistic night ghost tour. If anyone else has information about unique places in Tasmania, they should surely share them, as I think Australia is place that should be shown as more than just the cliche outback and beaches.  We have an entire continent of land; let’s show off the diversity across it!