Monthly Archives: April 2017

Learning about plants

In a number of places during our visit to the southern Tarkine I saw interpretation panels providing information about the flora of the region. At the Whyte Lookout an excellent interpretative panel introduced us to a small selection of plants … Continue reading

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Whyte Lookout

After retracing our steps from Philosopher’s Falls and driving back to Waratah Road, we turned right and continued westwards for approximately 3 kilometres until we reached the left hand turn off for the Whyte Lookout. Two different viewing platforms each … Continue reading

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The sparkling Philosophers Falls falling

I made a short video of the water falling which you can view and listen to here Jeanette made a video which, in addition to the view of the falls, she shows the tops of a mix of vegetation and … Continue reading

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Sights along the pathway to the Philosophers Falls

Principally the walk is through native old growth eucalypt and myrtle forest. One of the first spectacles we saw was a blaze of brilliantly coloured fungi feeding off the end of a lichen covered fallen log. On later days when … Continue reading

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Tarkine in Motion – artists’ impressions; exhibition opens

The Tarkine in Motion project was organised by the Bob Brown Foundation to provide a special opportunity for around 150 artists to immerse themselves over Easter.  Tonight, the official opening of an exhibition of their work will bring together a … Continue reading

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The way to Philosopher’s Falls

Having travelled the 10 or so kilometres west along Waratah Road and then driven one or two kilometres down a narrow gravel road, it was pleasing that the start of the walking track to the Philosopher’s Falls was clearly signposted. However, … Continue reading

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It was only a rock. Not a large rock.

The quality of the light and shade along the road to the start of the Philosopher’s Falls walking track held us in thrall. We were lost in those ethereal moments.  Yet Jeanette must continue to drive, stay on the road … Continue reading

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No time to explore Waratah so early in the day

As much as we wanted to explore the historic sites of Waratah, our timetable demanded we continue along the bitumen sealed Waratah Road seeking the Philosopher’s Falls.  The turn off to the Falls was signposted around 10 kilometres westwards from … Continue reading

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Monitoring resources

As we travelled on the west coast of Tasmania, we were mindful of the rarity of cafes, food stores and refuelling options. The Tarkine and its surrounds is not an area with food and fuel laden truck stops, despite the … Continue reading

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Into Waratah

  Once leaving the Fossey River Rest Area, we drove easily north and then were surprised to see a comparatively tiny finger-post sign pointing down Waratah Road (B23) to Waratah and beyond.  Please note: there is no advance warning for … Continue reading

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On the road again; this time towards Waratah

  We enjoyed the beauty around Tullah, despite not allocating sufficient time to explore the town and its surrounds in depth. With mixed feelings we left this small town and headed north on the Murchison Highway (A10). Mostly we were … Continue reading

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Walking and other opportunities around Tullah

Tullah is not properly considered to be part of the Tarkine and therefore we did not allocate time to explore the area. However, blog followers may be interested in two walks: Mt Murchison is the highest point on the West … Continue reading

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Protecting the Tarkine – one way to help

Can you help? I have been asked to help and now that I recognise the interest of my Touching the Tarkine followers, I thought some of you might like to share the helping. Today the Bob Brown Foundation sent me … Continue reading

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Lake Rosebery

Lake Rosebery, an 8.5 square kilometre expanse of water, was created in the early 1980s by the construction of the Bastyan Dam on the Pieman River for Hydro generation. Feeder rivers include the dammed Mackintosh and Murchison rivers. When full, … Continue reading

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Cycling on the west coast

  During our trip we saw the occasional cyclist and shook our heads in wonder that they would tackle the steep hills and survive safely on the narrow windy roads. I felt they had to be mainlanders or internationals who … Continue reading

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