(Tassie Trip) Day 6 – St Columba Falls

August 26, 2015

It’s the afternoon of Day 6 of our Tassie trip.  After spending most of the day exploring the Bay of Fires (here and here), we were now on our way to Launceston, but had decided we had enough time to drop in at St Columba Falls for a walk and to enjoy some beautiful rainforest and the cascading waters of the South George River, on the way!  After a brief interlude where we pulled off the road and indulged my need to photograph some lovely looking cows, we continued on our way and finally arrived.

I’m so glad we decided to visit because it certainly didn’t disappoint.  It was stunning there!

St Columba Falls is about 25 km’s west of St Helens on Tasmania’s east coast.   In case you ever plan to visit, I can report that there are toilets (not flush toilets) and picnic facilities there.  The walk is not far – around 600m each way.  Walking down to the falls is easy but it requires a little more effort for the uphill walk back up to the carpark.  The walking track is really sturdy and good!

I hope you enjoy these photographs.  The falls themselves were difficult to photograph because as you looked up at them, you were looking into very bright light (as you will see – particularly with the first photograph of the two of the falls)!

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St Columba Falls, Tasmania, Waterfall, Rainforest
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St Columba Falls, Tasmania, Waterfall, Rainforest, Tree Fern
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St Columba Falls, Tasmania, Waterfall, RainforestCamera Settings – Lens: 50mm  ISO: 200  Aperture: F/1.4  Shutter Speed: 1/200s

St Columba Falls, Tasmania, Waterfall, Rainforest, track, path
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St Columba Falls, Tasmania, Waterfall, Rainforest, Bridge
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St Columba Falls, Tasmania, Waterfall, Rainforest
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St Columba Falls, Tasmania, Waterfall, Rainforest
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St Columba Falls, Tasmania, Waterfall, Rainforest
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St Columba Falls, Tasmania, Waterfall, Rainforest
Camera Settings – Lens: 10-24mm  ISO: 200  Aperture: F/11  Shutter Speed: 1/30s

St Columba Falls, Tasmania, Waterfall, Rainforest
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St Columba Falls, Tasmania, Waterfall, Rainforest
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St Columba Falls, Tasmania, Waterfall, RainforestCamera Settings – Lens: 50mm  ISO: 200  Aperture: F/1.4  Shutter Speed: 1/20s

St Columba Falls, Tasmania, Waterfall, Rainforest
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The next Tassie Trip post will feature photographs from Launceston!

Here’s where to go to see Day 1 – Hobart, Day 2 – Hobart, Day 3 – Richmond, and Day 4 – Port Arthur, Day 5 – Bicheno, Day 5 – Wineglass Bay, Day 5 – Sleepy Bay, Day 5 – Cape Tourville, and Day 5 – St Mary’s, Day 6 – Bay of Fires: Binalong Bay, Day 6 – Bay of Fires: The Gardens, and Day 6 – Pyengana Cows of our Tassie Trip!

Ciao for now,

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24 Comments

  • Reply stephanie@stephsjoy August 26, 2015 at 8:46 am

    Great shots Min, I love the close up with just the rocks and water. Sure looks like a place you could just hang out for hours! x

    • Reply Min August 26, 2015 at 11:21 am

      Thanks Steph! It was so beautiful there and yes I could have hung out there for ages but alas we were running out of daylight hours and needed to keep heading towards Launceston! 🙂

  • Reply Fairlie August 26, 2015 at 11:56 am

    I’ve been to Tasmania several times, but have never made it to that north-east corner yet. But certainly plan to…it looks such a lovely part of the island. These photos are great – thanks for feeding my vicarious travel appetite!

    • Reply Min August 27, 2015 at 10:33 am

      Oh the parts of the north-east corner that we saw was gorgeous Fairlie! There’s some places we went to that I want to go back to for a longer stay and some parts of Tassie that we never got to that I still want to see. One thing is for sure – I absolutely loved the place! I’m so glad you’ve enjoy the photo’s. 🙂

  • Reply Zita August 26, 2015 at 11:59 am

    I remember seeing so many of your pics at the time of your trip and loving them! These are exceptional Min! Really makes me think I need to head south!

    • Reply Min August 27, 2015 at 10:34 am

      Thanks Zita! Yes – the pics at the time of my trip were phone snaps on Instagram. I’ve still go many, many, many more DSLR photos to edit my way through! 🙂

  • Reply Kathy Marris August 26, 2015 at 4:45 pm

    They are remarkable photos and thank you for sharing your camera settings. I just undertook a photography workshop at the Probloggers Conference and this information will help me immensely. Columba Falls are absolutely stunning and a photographer’s dream. We are hopefully doing a trip to Tassie in November so I will be following your trip closely.

    • Reply Min August 27, 2015 at 10:36 am

      Thanks Kathy! I started sharing my camera settings when I asked by a reader if I would mind sharing. I was happy to oblige! I was at the Probloggers Conference too but didn’t do any photography workshops. I actually wish I’d have done the food one. You can always pick up new tips! Oh I am so envious of you going to Tassie in November – I’d love to go back! I hope you have a fabulous time! 🙂

  • Reply Sanch @ Living my Imperfect Life August 26, 2015 at 7:32 pm

    Beautiful photos Min! You could totally turn these into canvas prints.

    • Reply Min August 27, 2015 at 10:37 am

      Thanks Sanch! Maybe I will?! 🙂

  • Reply Alicia August 26, 2015 at 9:18 pm

    I really like the first photo of the falls and the way you’ve captured the water flow. The falls look worth stopping for a look. We didn’t go near St Helens when we went over to Tassie, but I can imagine it would be awesome up that way as is the rest of Tassie!

    • Reply Min August 27, 2015 at 10:40 am

      Thanks Alicia – the falls were gorgeous but not easy to photograph in it’s entirety because the brightness of the sky at the top was blinding and causes a haziness in the photos! We had lunch at a bakery in St Helens. I loved Tassie so much – so much wide open space and beautiful diverse nature. Right up my alley! 🙂

  • Reply Renee Wilson August 26, 2015 at 9:29 pm

    You are quite the talented photographer. I’ve never been to Tassie, but it sounds and looks beautiful.

    • Reply Min August 27, 2015 at 10:47 am

      Thanks Renee! Tassie is beautiful – I wanna go back! 😉

  • Reply Cerys August 27, 2015 at 7:11 pm

    Fantastic pictures I love how you’ve captured the tree ferns they amaze me. Tasmania is one place I’ve always wanted to visit hopefully fingers crossed one day.

    • Reply Min August 30, 2015 at 11:10 am

      Thank you Cerys! I love tree ferns too! I hope you get to Tassie one day soon – it really is gorgeous there! 🙂

  • Reply Ruth - Tanama Tales August 28, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    This reminds me so much of the Caribbean. It looks so lush, green and humid. I find all your photos lovely. Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply Min August 28, 2015 at 9:50 pm

      Thanks so much Ruth! It does look humid and tropical doesn’t it? It wasn’t humid though – it was Autumn in Tasmania and actually quite a bit chilly! BTW – I would LOVE to go to the Caribbean! 🙂

  • Reply Trish August 29, 2015 at 8:21 pm

    Stunning photos MIn ,
    I booked my flights to Tassie for 41km Bridge to Bridge (in a dragon boat) hopefully time for a few side trips too.

    • Reply Min August 30, 2015 at 9:42 am

      Thanks Trish – exciting that you’re going to Tassie. Hope you get some side trips! Good luck in the Bridge to Bridge!!

  • Reply Malinda @mybrownpaperpackages August 30, 2015 at 7:27 pm

    Gorgeous photos as always Min. Sound like a hike my girls would love to do.
    Thanks for linking up for #wednesdaywanderlust

    • Reply Min August 31, 2015 at 9:43 pm

      Thanks Malinda! It was a great walk and turned out to be so much more picturesque than I was expecting! 🙂

  • Reply PatrickC September 6, 2015 at 4:12 pm

    Min, this collection of photos are spectacular. This part of Tasmania reminds me so much of the area near me. I love near the Otways here in Victoria and the green is similar. I have visited these falls but many years ago and had forgotten their beauty so thanks for the reminder. I really love the photos of the trees with the moss on them and the ones of the water and rocks also covered in that moss. Your photos are so evocative I can “smell” the forest, feel the freshness the coolness of the air in them. You have that rare gift as a photographer to convey that. These are excellent.

    • Reply Min September 7, 2015 at 2:30 pm

      Thank you Patrick for your complimentary words! I was pleased with most of these images. This was another beautiful spot in Tassie that we nearly didn’t stop at because we were tired and were running low on time. BUT we did decide to go there and I’m very glad we did. It’s such a tropical look here but it was crisp and cool and I’m sure that water would have been freezing cold. I loved photographing this spot and was pleased to have moved on to something a bit different than rocks! lol

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