Tassie’s Disappearing Tarn Lake is Back After Heavy Rainfall

The beautiful blue lake on Hobart’s Kunanyi/ Mount Wellington is back and deeper than ever.

The stunning Tarn Lake has re-emerged after Tasmania’s heavy deluge last Friday. A favourite among professional photographers, the lake is a hidden gem, known only by seasoned bushwalkers.

James Spencer, bushwalker and photographer managed to capture the lake after trekking six kilometres last Saturday.

“We reached the fabled tarn and were excited to see how high it was,”he wrote on his blog.

“Certainly a LOT higher than in the photos from the original blog post I wrote 2 years ago.”

The reappearance of the lake has been attributed to high rainfall events, often attributed to more easterly weather and east coast lows.

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Matthew Thomas explains:

“I've never been there, I've never seen it, I've just heard people talk about it in bushwalking terms that there is this lake you can visit at certain times after heavy rain.”

"I would assume that it's possibly something to do with the fact there's a slight depression that fills up with water when there are large amounts of rainfall up there, “he said to the ABC.

Access to Tarn Lake has been prohibited due to safety concerns.

All images provided by James Spencer, more of his work can be seen on his blog

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