I’ve been wanting to go find Secret Falls for ages and finally got round to it yesterday. I walked from my house in South Hobart and was there and back in a couple of hours. That’s just amazing to me, having such awesome scenery right on my doorstep.
Anyhoo back to the task at hand. Secret Falls is located up the Myrtle Gully Track, which leads to Myrtle Gully falls a short distance up from Secret Falls. Two birds, one stone, fantastic. Given its proximity to Hobart and ease of access (it’s literally a five minute walk if you have a car) Secret Falls has been photographed many many times.
I’d noticed in many of the shots that the rocks framing the falls can be a bit dark, so I decided to bring along a flash, a light-stand and some wireless transceivers to try and bring some of the detail back. In the end I had to hit the rocks with a full power pop in order to fill them in a bit. I only had an ND1000 filter for my wide lens and that proved far too dark but thankfully I was able to use a higher aperture and get some movement in the water without one.
The area around the falls is well trodden with countless ways to approach taking a photograph. I enjoyed moving around the scene and looking for different angles and approaches. My landlady had warned me about leaches before heading up but I didn’t encounter a single one. You’re more likely to be stung by one of the wasps that randomly appear.
The off-road segment of my journey up to Secret Falls started behind the Cascade Brewery on the Cascade Walking Track.
If you love waterfalls then be sure to check out Waterfalls of Tasmania which is chock full of information on the major waterfalls located around the State. I’ll let them give the game away on this one and tell you the exact location 🙂