From the southern to the northern Tarkine

Thank you to all those people (and I have been delighted that there have been so many) who indicated regularly that they enjoyed my report from visiting the southern Tarkine.  If you have never toured around the Tarkine then I urge you to think about doing so for your own personalised experiences. Guaranteed to uplift your spirits.

This post is to let you know that the first stage of the trip is finished and all the posts with their glorious photos have been published online.  But there is much more to Tasmania’s Tarkine. My friend Jeanette and I have now finished creating a 12 day itinerary to look at the diversity in the northern Tarkine’s physical and cultural environment. We will travel there later this year.

We are both incredibly excited and have planned to explore the coastal terrain from slightly north of Marrawah to slightly south of Temma. From time to time we will head inland to places including Dismal Swamp, and the Sumac, Julius River, Rapid River, Lake Chisholm, Milkshake Hills, and Trowutta Forest Reserves.  Possibly the highlight of our trip (but who knows what wonders we will uncover) will be our 6 hour journey upstream along the Arthur River to the junction with the mighty Frankland River.

If you access Google maps and look at the satellite view of the landscape between the Frankland River junction and the west coast at the settlement of Arthur River, you will appreciate the density of the vegetation and the impenetrability of that landscape.

Coast to Frankland River junction.JPG

The owner/pilot of the Arthur River Red Boat Cruise tells me that during the 19th century, two prisoners escaped from Risdon (now a suburb of Hobart in the south east of Tasmania) and made their way north until they reached the mouth of the Arthur River.  Somehow they obtained a small boat and the pair rowed their way up the river (of course they had no idea where they were or where they were going) until they reached the Frankland River junction.  The boat capsized and one died and the other set out to walk back to the coast keeping to the Arthur River’s edge as much as possible.  Apparently his walk over these approximately 18 kms took 9 days (a strong indication that this is an appallingly difficult bushwalking landscape). Once back he was so exhausted and demoralised that he handed himself in and asked to be taken back to prison.

Between now and when our northern Tarkine experience is complete, you should not expect new posts.  If I write any posts, they will be of a general nature and not directly related to the journey which Jeanette and I have made to date.  Of course,  I look forward to reinvigorating the blog with all the stories (and many more photos) from our northern Tarkine trip as soon as I return in a few months’ time.

Perhaps you can help in the meantime. If you see interesting information about the Tarkine, please let me know so I can spread the information more widely through the blog.  Just send me an email on touchingthetarkine@gmail.com with links or suggestions or facts.

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