One of the world’s most significant remaining tracts of temperate rainforest is situated in the Tarkine Forest Reserve in Tasmania’s north west. It is home to more than 60 species of rare, threatened and endangered species. It is one of Australia’s most important Aboriginal regions. And it is an exceptionally diverse natural region. We were on our way to pay it a visit.
Citizens of Tasmania and further afield are fighting to protect this great natural treasure by way of the “Save the Tarkine” campaign (http://www.tarkine.org/), because mining, logging and illegal activities, such as poaching and arson are threatening this amazing place.
In Corinna, the ‘Gateway to the Tarkine’, it was a bit of a novelty to get a barge across the river. I’ve only done this once before. That was up in far-north Queensland (Australia), in the Daintree Rainforest. We loved it.
The scenery on the road was wild and gorgeous. Talk about ‘taking the scenic route’. Many of the roads were unsealed and sparsely occupied. It was great.
Once in the Tarkine region we drove around in a loop, parking up to do short walks to the various sink-holes, lookouts and arches. As expected, the rain persisted most of the time, but it made the area look even more appealing.
Since we’d camped in the rain most nights, and the tent had a bit of an issue with keeping water out, we decided to splash out and treat ourselves to a cabin in a caravan park. Ahhh luxury! Well, it might not be what some people class as luxury, but a warm dry room, proper bed, hot shower, flushing toilet and kitchenette definitely got us excited!
The Tarkine coast was so wild and beautiful. At the ‘Edge of the World’ lookout, there were piles of huge logs that had been carried by natures forces and dumped sporadically along the beaches.
More to come next time.