This shot was taken on a massive weekend where we walked the whole 64km southern Prom circuit via the lighthouse in two days. This was taken at south-east point near the lighthouse of these oft photographed rocks. The lenticular cloud on top of Rodondo was amazing that day and fortunately I had my 300mm zoom on hand to compose a shot in a pleasing way.
Although Rodondo Island is just 12km off the Victorian coast it is part of Tasmania. To me this seemed quite illogical until I stumbled across the fact that the boarder was established before the Colony of Victoria had even been created making it initially a NSW, Tasmania border which is quite sensible.
The island is a remnant of the land bridge that once connected Tasmania with the mainland 6000 years ago. It is 350m high and is so isolated that when it was first climbed in 1947 it was found to support a number of trees and shrubs that are found nowhere else in the world. In the 1840’s Rodondo along with forty-foot rocks were touted as alternative lighthouse location before South-east point was settled on due to its comparative ease of access. Due to its height and distance offshore it is clearly visible from a surprising number of locations including Tongue Point on the west coast and Kersops Peak on the east coast. Rodondo Island was not officially protected until 1976 when it was declared a nature reserve by the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service.
For more shots from this area check out my Wilsons Promontory gallery.
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