Holidays Away : Spring Edition 2008
13 HOLIDAYS AWAY • SPRING 2008 YET OF ALL THE TARKINE S WONDERS, perhaps the most extraordinary, is its virtual absence from the public radar. Somehow, this wilderness giant has remained hidden from the world, preserved like a fine wine, a treasure awaiting discovery. To taste the Tarkine, is to be swiftly disarmed by a wilderness like no other. Responsible access to the wonders of the Tarkine, is possible through four tourism offerings. Tarkine Trails www.tarkinetrails.com.au [03 6223 5320] operate a six day fully accommodated walking tour, the Tarkine Explorer. Suitable for all ages, the Explorer is perfect for people wishing to experience the remoteness and seclusion of the Tarkine, with a high level of support and creature comforts. Highlights include the remote Tiger Ridge forest camp, two nights at Corinna, Pieman river cruise, close encounters with wild Tasmanian Devils, remote day walks and high quality Tasmanian food and wine. Tarkine Trails are renowned for their intimate knowledge and commitment to the Tarkine and for pioneering eco-tourism in the region. Corinna www.corinna.com.au [03 6446 1170] is an historic mining town nestled on the banks of the majestic Pieman River. At the southern gateway to the Tarkine, Corinna provides a breathtaking and unique experience that unlocks the secrets of the rainforest and wild west coast. Corinna offers walks through 60 million year old rainforest, and a return cruise to Pieman Head on the legendary huon pine river cruiser, Arcadia II. Guests can enjoy the Tarkine Hotel and Tannin Restaurant at Corinna, and take their choice from a range of accommodation options. The restored miners cottages and 14 new wilderness retreats provide the comfort and warmth that make guests feel "at home in the wilderness". Only three and a half hours from Launceston Airport, Corinna offers a wilderness experience that is remote, but accessible. The five hour Arthur River Cruises www.arthurrivercruises.com [03 6457 1158] on the M.V. George Robinson departs from the mouth of the Arthur River and sneaks 14km upriver to the junction with the Frankland River. Morning tea is served while leisurely sailing by river banks thick with eucalyptus, wattles and rainforest. Platypus, kingfishers and sea eagles are fond of these environments too. Two pair of sea eagles and a pair of wedge-tailed eagles live by the river. The mighty sea eagles have been fed titbits from the vessel for 15 years and are usually awaiting the boat for their daily treat. Other treats on this cruise include a 2-hour lunch stop, a barbecue with wine is served in a tree enshrouded camp, at Turk s Landing. While Tasmania s forests stretch throughout the north-west, there is a unique location, Dismal Swamp www.forestrytas.com.au [03 6456 7199], near Marrawah at the top of the Tarkine. The forest of predominantly blackwoods occurs in a sink hole covering 600 ha. From the entrance to this sink hole, or polje, there are two ways to get to the swamp floor. The more exciting is riding the 110 metre covered slide. The other, a more conventional stroll or buggy ride down a pathway, is far more sedate. The forest was christened by early explorers for the "dismal" (wet) experience they had surveying the swamp. Today Dismal Swamp is an appealing mix of adventure and nature. The eco-system includes burrowing crayfish, myrtle, sassafras and blackwood trees. Works of local artists are sprinkled through the swamp and the "Dismal" experience is a suitably unexpected twist to all the tales in the Tarkine. T T o o NE S WONDERS perhaps the most e traordinary Only three and a half hours from Launceston Airport Corinna offers a THE TARKINE, covering 4500 square kilometers in Tasmania s north west, firmly places the wild back in wilderness. Home to the largest temperate rainforest in the southern hemisphere, picturesque mountain ranges, wild rivers and a dramatic coastline. For 30,000 years this land was home to the Tarkiner people. Over 50 rare and endangered species reside here, sheltered behind towering forests of Huon pine, Eucalyptus and ancient Myrtles.
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