Category Archives: Arthur River

Quicksand is found not only in the movies

Tasmania’s coast between the Arthur and the Pieman rivers on the north west coast has treacherous real life swallowing quicksands. Four wheel drive vehicles and animals are particularly susceptible to these swimming sands. Be informed by this piece of photo … Continue reading

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  Protests against logging

Once again the Tarkine forests are being noticed by the public.  Read a report here and another here. A protesting blockade has been re-established in the Sumac area to hinder further logging. The Bob Brown Foundation says ‘while we wait … Continue reading

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Into the Arthur River/Pieman Conservation Area

We drove south from Marrawah on the road to Arthur River. After a short distance, a public sign indicated we were entering the Arthur River/Pieman Conservation Area .  Not much further and a sign to West Point pointed to the … Continue reading

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Arrival at Marrawah

It is claimed that in the Peerapper Aboriginal language ‘marrawah’ was the name for a eucalypt, a gum tree. We arrived, from along the Bass Highway, at a T junction with the Comeback Road/Arthur River Road continuum, and turned right … Continue reading

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Change of ownership of part of Tarkine

A 338-hectare stretch between the Arthur River and Marrawah has been purchased from a private owner by the Aboriginal Land Council of Tasmania with a donation of $325,000 from well-known Tasmanian philanthropist Graeme Wood, combined with funds from the Indigenous … Continue reading

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Federal government has sanctioned more access to the Tarkine

The Bob Brown Foundation has released a number of statements including the following: “When Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull signed a new Regional Forest Agreement with Tasmanian Premier Hodgman in August, it was a death sentence for forests protected in reserves for … Continue reading

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Destruction in the Tarkine

I have written before about loutish behaviour and disregard of the environment in the Tarkine. The news today brings another grim story, complete with a horrifying photograph. Have a look at “4WD damage in Tasmania’s Arthur Pieman Conservation Area stokes … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Love the Tarkine

Online I continue to come across websites and social media sites devoted to the Tarkine. One of those on Twitter, Love the Tarkine can be found at @lovethetarkine.  You may be interested to follow this Twitterer either on Twitter or … Continue reading

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Illegal use of old tracks by vehicles in the Tarkine

All-terrain vehicles are accessing no go areas in the Tarkine. The news.com.au story claims “A Parks and Wildlife Service spokeswoman said investigators were “following a specific line of inquiry relating to two suspects and the alleged use of the barge … 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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Stop press – Quad bikes wrecking Tarkine

Over the past two decades and more, considerable research has studied the impact of vehicles on beaches and the studies have found that the visual marks of the tyre tracks are the least of all the problems.  Unfortunately, it is … Continue reading

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The Tarkine. Do you know where you are going?

When mentioning I would like to visit the Tarkine, one friend responded “no-one knows where its boundaries are, so where are you going”. All I knew was that the Tarkine was somewhere in the north western quarter of Tasmania and … Continue reading

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Where is the Tarkine?

The Tarkine covers a large area in the north western quarter of Australia’s largest island, Tasmania. Tasmania is the southernmost state of Australia and is separated from the mainland by Bass Strait. Generally, the Tarkine is bounded by the Southern … Continue reading

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