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 feet didn’t want to take another step so, it was with relief I collapsed onto my seat and mentally prepared for our next discoveries, all the while knowing my feet were unlikely to carry me much further.
Regardless, the day wasn’t over; the tiny settlement of Corinna was our next stop and our destination for the next two nights. There would be more to see, experience and more to learn.
Back on the gravel road, heading south then west, we marvelled at our successes and experiences. Jeanette as high as a kite on reaching the summit, and I pleased as punch that I had risen up the mountain as far as I did. Of course the amazing bush and forested country fuelled our excitement and pleasure.
Online research indicated the restaurant we had booked into that night was located about one kilometre before reaching Corinna, so we were alert expecting to see it on the way. However the road was enclosed by wall to wall trees until we reached the settlement – curious. It shouldn’t have surprised us because, as we found constantly, so much online material about this part of Tasmania is incomplete, inaccurate or misleading. In a future post, I plan to analyse many of the websites and some of the brochures and flyers and explain their errors – with luck, changes will have been made before I get to write that post.
So it seemed that, in a blink of an eye, we had driven to the edge of the Pieman River into a white gravel car parking area, having passed a few cottages and what turned out to be the Tarkine Hotel – located all within the last 200 or so metres before the river.
This was Corinna. Corinna is nothing more than a car parking area, the Tarkine Hotel and the Tannin Restaurant. There is no petrol station at Corinna. The settlement is located approximately 18 km from the mouth of the Pieman River and is surrounded by some of the most dense temperate rainforest anywhere in Australia. Corinna is located, via often narrow windy roads not all of which are sealed, approximately 346 km north-west of Hobart via Queenstown and Zeehan. It is approximately 93 km north of Strahan and 194 km south of Stanley.
The Google map below shows the Tannin Restaurant in the incorrect location.
We had arrived but we were rather unsure exactly where we had arrived; we were puzzled. Obviously this river had to be the Pieman but where was the up-the-road restaurant and where was our accommodation booked as Corinna Wilderness Resort?
We turned the car around and started driving back the way we came, then stopped to ask a walker where the Resort was. I was somewhat tired and possibly my tone of voice (exasperated) prompted her to point at the big building and only snap ‘there’ before she kept walking. Jeanette and I looked at each other and rolled our eyes; we might have attitude but we weren’t ready for it in others.
We parked the car, climbed the stairs and walked inside the Tarkine Hotel; into a great bar with a large restaurant to the side. Contemporary rustic. Smart and civilised while retaining the idea that we were in the middle of the bush. On the far distant wall was a space with a sales desk and shelves with beautiful Tarkine related books and other goods – that area was designated as the General Store. We stood at the bar, asked questions, and was told our accommodation queries would be handled at the adjacent sales desk. Clear visual directions were absent and we didn’t get a sense of being welcome. At this stage, the elation of our earlier hours was disappearing. Could our spirits be revived?