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 presented extensive vistas of parts of the Tarkine. The rolling hills with their dense forests provided a grand and seemingly impenetrable landscape. Only by seeing the continuation of the forests and the extent of this tiny part of the Tarkine could I begin to understand the value of these cool temperate rainforests to the world and to realise why Tasmania is so fortunate not to (as yet) have suffered deforestation for commercial purposes in this location. Remarkable.
In a north westerly direction we saw:
In a south westerly direction we saw:
It was at this point I heard the faint chop of a helicopter. In the photo above a brown ‘line’ cuts through part of the landscape: the continuous clearing where the electricity transmission towers and powerlines are located. We spotted the tiny moving dot of the aircraft following this line. Jeanette guessed they were checking the lines by the easier air travel rather than manoeuvring across difficult terrain on the ground.
The Whyte River is an important river which empties into the major Pieman River. Since this was the Whyte Lookout I guess its name references the river. Presumably the river was somewhere within view – but alas there was no signpost, photo, or interpretative panel to guide us or to explain what Whyte Lookout means. Perhaps a Mrs Whyte once stood on that hill? Or perhaps there is another reason. And we could not see any rivers although there were deep gulches between hills in every direction. From reading maps subsequently, I know the Whyte River was more or less at the bottom of the hill in a westwards direction.
The Lookout area welcomed us to the Tarkine.