Monthly Archives: June 2017

A new day for new adventures near Corinna

‘Hobbs’ cottage was neither too warm or too cold.  The silence was pervasive.  As a result, I slept well and woke early and eager to look at my surroundings with fresh eyes.  Downstairs I padded, started the jug for a … Continue reading

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Tarkine History

The following is a long but exceptionally interesting excerpt from the document  AHC Tarkine Assessment Report  issued by the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, that was prepared sometime around 2012. …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. The Tarkine is named after the … Continue reading

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Corinna

An aboriginal language, Peerapper, from north western coastal Tasmania may have been used to establish the name of this settlement. Apparently this language was  spoken along the west coast from Macquarie Harbour northwards to Circular Head and on Robbins Island. … Continue reading

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Dining out at Corinna

Freshly showered and re-energised we wandered a couple of hundred metres down to the Tarkine Hotel for dinner. We were warmly welcomed into the large rustic chic Tannin Restaurant that sits to one side of the bar. The photo below … Continue reading

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Our ‘home’ at Corinna

We were elated with the high quality of our accommodation.  After the extreme smells at Tullah, and the ugly house in Waratah, our cottage named ‘Hobbs’ (named after James Hobb who landed at the Pieman River in 1824) was stylish, … Continue reading

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The Tarkine Hotel’s ‘General Store’ at Corinna

At the ‘General Store’ end of the Tarkine Hotel: ‘Hi. We are booked into the Corinna Wilderness Resort but we can’t find it’.  ‘What is your name? We’ll have your booking here.’ Jeanette and I were excited about our walk … Continue reading

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Arriving in Corinna on the Pieman River

The walk down Mt Donaldson was fast and easy as the track widened and flattened. We were exhilarated as we returned to the car with its dusty messages. These made us laugh and furthered our buoyant mood. Of course, my … Continue reading

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Rating the Mt Donaldson walk

We were surprised that a walk on this mountain track is rated as moderate to difficult; in our experience this was one of the easier walks in bushland we have encountered in Tasmania. While there are no directional or explanatory … Continue reading

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Poetry from Mt Donaldson

Of course we weren’t the first and won’t be the last to walk up Mt Donaldson.  It was a complete treat when I discovered a poem written by Philip Harrington and published on the Bob Brown Foundation website here with … Continue reading

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To the top of Mt Donaldson

My feet were not carrying me well so I insisted Jeanette summit the mountain on her own. Her video records part of her climb experience. Half an hour later I heard the sound of ecstatic “Cooee” calls coming from the … Continue reading

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Our first views of the Pieman River

The majority of the climb up Mt Donaldson crosses exposed ground with ankle high vegetation growing beside a stony track that winds around the lower slopes of the mountain. With the openness comes sensational views across thousands of hectares of … Continue reading

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Starting the climb up Mt Donaldson

The first section of the walk is almost flat with the slightest of uphill inclination –  for me this is the best!  The track is edged by myrtles and laurels and other native plants. I loved this deliciously pleasant experience … Continue reading

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Finding the river – Savage River

After our unexpected and interesting diversion to the silica mine, we returned to the main road (Waratah/Corinna Road) and continued westward until we turned north onto the gravel surfaced Norfolk Road (C249).  Our intention was to walk up Mt Donaldson … Continue reading

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Silica valleys and hills

Not far along the dirt road towards Corinna, the misty fogs disappeared and the landscape appeared. Sensory overload. So much to see and marvel at. From exposed hills and rocky outcrops with highland grasses eventually we travelled into dense forests. … Continue reading

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An Incendiary event you won’t want to miss

An Incendiary event you won’t want to miss. This was the subject line in an important email I received from the Bob Brown Foundation, an organisation which advocates for the preservation of the Tarkine. This week, Tasmania’s super  exciting annual … Continue reading

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