Online information and panel boards indicated the walk to and from Whyte River would be more or less a walk in the park and take about 1.5 hours for the return trip.
I remarked that it didn’t matter that my feet did not want to walk another step, I would go. I would walk the Whyte River track. It was only suffering, and I could put that to the side and ignore it if I went slowly. I knew I could and I knew we must make the walk then or otherwise we would miss the opportunity. Our trip time was too short and compressed to fit this walk in at any other time. So off we went.
The track to Whyte River starts with a soft leaf mould base and at other times the path was sandy.
Towards the Whyte River the path is relatively flat as it winds close to the Pieman River, although occasionally it is punctuated by short hills.
From the comparative darkness of the bush only a flash of light could be seen of the river, and only by peering carefully could the edge of the River on the southern side be determined.
Photographed without the features of the vegetation, the River took on an intense blue colour.
In other places, and depending on the light, the Pieman River showed as a deep greeny brown almost in reflection of the colours on the river banks. This was not dirty water. Exceptionally clear and clean.
Close to the confluence of the Whyte with the Pieman Rivers, standing on a sandy bank we could see the two merging. Watch this video.
I was disappointed that the track never took me to the edge of the Whyte River. Close to our viewing point, the track turns inland. Rather than returning to Corinna by the path on which we came, we continued along this inland-turning path hoping to be given access to the Whyte River along the way. Alas, this never happened.
Eventually the path climbed and the track was a mesh of tree roots.
And occasionally I had a sit and a think (code for my feet really hurt), , with tablet in hand at the ready for anything deemed to be worthy of photographing.
We had no idea where the track would come out and assumed somehow we would return to the Tarkine Hotel. Not so. Through quite thick foliage eventually I could see bits of buildings. Soon I realised that we were coming out in the area of the cottage accommodations. Lo and behold the track came out directly next to and on the eastern side of our Hobbs cottage. ‘No further to walk, thank goodness’ was my main thought. In the photo below of our cottage, you can see the thickets through which we emerged.
Only approximately 2 hours after starting the walk did we finish our Whyte River walk. Other people we spoke with elsewhere told how this was about the time they took – 1.5 hrs is a realistic measure if you walk there and back without looking at the environment or stopping to feel the landscape, so allow at least 2 hours to immerse yourself in the experience. To give yourself time to be there. To be.
Most of all, if you travel to Corinna, make sure you take this walk – whatever you feel about your feet or knees or whatever. Just go slow if you must and be assured your experience will be immensely rich.