Tasmania’s mythical disappearing lake has come out

  • The crystal clear waters of the Disappearing Tarn on Hobart’s kunanyi/Mount Wellington are back after last week’s heavy rainfall
  • The phenomenon is a favorite site of professional nature photographers and hikers

A lake known as the Disappearing Tarn on Hobart’s kunanyi/Mount Wellington is back after last week’s heavy rainfall in Australia.

The normally dry lake on Mt Wellington in Tasmania is not easily seen. It was once described by a local newspaper as part of state “bushwalking folklore”.

Nestled in the mountains deep of southern Tasmania in Australia, the lake is sought after by photographers and hikers.

The site typically fills with water about once or twice a year following rain or snow, locals say.

“The pictures I’ve seen in the last two days show it at the fullest I’ve ever seen it,” Wellington Park ranger Ben Masterman told the BBC.

“It’s not a filter – it’s actually that color – that remarkable blue that becomes more intense and sapphire and more mesmerising the deeper the water gets.”

Photographer and blogger James Spencer visited the spot on Saturday, which is only accessible by a 6.5 kilometer (4.04 mile) hike up the mountain.

“We reached the fabled tarn and were excited to see how high it was. Certainly a LOT higher than in the photos from the original blog post I wrote two years ago.”

While the adventure is perhaps part of the appeal, the crystal clear, aqua blue waters of the tarn are also quite a sight.