Cascading

Tom Ross visits Cockle Creek, Tasmania

All words and photos Tom Ross from Brilliant Creek @tomjrross

Tom Ross is a Melbourne based photographer originally from Ocean Grove. Very lucky to be able to take photos of anything for a living, but most fun is architecture and long form editorial work.

"A genuine sense of remoteness is hard to come by these days, but areas of Tasi like this can definitely make you feel completely isolated and insignificant."

So for the last couple of years a group of us have been making the pilgrimage down to a friends place in South Tasi for Melbourne Cup long weekend. About 2.5 hours south of Hobart, Cockle Creek is a pretty wild little area in amongst the South West National Park. They have a shack that opens up onto a little beach in the bay there.

A genuine sense of remoteness is hard to come by these days, but areas of Tasi like this can definitely make you feel completely isolated and insignificant. Views through the eucalypts to clear blue water still stop me in my tracks. I’m reluctant to divulge the exact locations online, but there’s some great surf spots down there if you’re willing to walk a long way, or have a decent sized tinnie.

It’s basically just a repeating cycle of the following decisions: surfing, fishing, swim, snorkel, walk. Followed by: Cascade larger, red wine, pizza, barbie etc. They’ve built a fantastic pizza oven that’s on high rotation while others sit around the fire talking rubbish.

Must haves:
● Shorts through to snow jacket as Tasi can dish up hail and a sunburn in the same day
● Tomahawk was super handy on this trip, always a fire to light
● Klopp is an excellent way to feel like you’re doing something when you’re really just drinking a beer
● Reefs / Tiva’s make you look like dork Dad but are the best all-terrain shoes
● Waterproof camera, things to see above and below the surface

Favourite meal?
The home made pizza inventions are always good, but hard to beat dimmies and sausage roll at Anne’s Cafe in Dover on the way home.

Music?
Was introduced to Michael Kiwanuka’s Home Again on the trip and haven’t stopped listening, so good.

Tips?
● Don’t be a tight-arse like us and hire a Nissan Micra, so shit. Get an upgrade
● 2 hour walk (each way) from Cockle Creek to Lion Rock is excellent and doesn’t need
much swell to provide waves. (Check winds though.)
● Some open water skills, it can get very real fast down there.