Tag Archives: Tasmania

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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There has to be more

There is a saying which I live by: Nothing great is achieved without effort. I would like to use this as the basis for a new saying: Nothing about the land is understood without walking across it. We expected to … Continue reading

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Arriving at Mt Cameron West

After every 100 metres it was clear there was still hundreds of metres to go. It was as if my critical faculties of measurement and distance had failed.  Reaching the beach end was not concerning rather it was the knowing … Continue reading

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The last few hundred metres

This wonderful landscape allows you to be alone with your thoughts and be independent. It gives you space to think or not to think, as you wish. You can release yourself from thoughts that confine you.   I found the simplicity … Continue reading

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The rock shelf

Along the 6-7 km length of Marrawah Beach, the waves flowed onto a sandy shore with the exception of one area where an extensive very low rock shelf linked the ocean with the land.    Perhaps the rock was a … Continue reading

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It is a long beach

When it looked to me that we were half way along the beach, I suggested to Jeanette we had maybe 4 km still to go because we had been walking, albeit slowly with our investigations and photography, for over an … Continue reading

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The unusual and unexplained

1: I looked closely at the textured sand shown in the photos below. The holes were either home to a beach critter, or their entrance into a food pantry.  I am not sure what the tiny insect was that I … Continue reading

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Creeks, springs and rivulets

Intermittently fresh water trickled or bubbled from the sand dunes and crossed the beach. It was the purity and cleanliness of the process and the way the water moved that enthralled me time and again.   Looking at the first stream … Continue reading

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Leaving the sinkhole

I enjoyed the walk uphill (not because I enjoy walking uphill) for the new perspectives I was given on the forest. As the path rose I came level with trees at different heights and by the time I reached the … Continue reading

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Art in the forest

I was surprised to discover a number of works of art by Tasmanian artists, that were related to the concept of the sinkhole or forest, had been inserted into the landscape amongst the trees. Most works blended so well that … Continue reading

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Down in the sinkhole

Dismal Swamp is a 640 hectare sinkhole; apparently the largest sinkhole in the southern hemisphere. The website explains ‘The sinkhole itself is 624 hectares (1540 acres) in area and 40 metres (130 feet) deep. Formed over hundreds of thousands of years … Continue reading

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Speeding to the bottom

The options were to walk 360 metres down the hill, to be driven in a buggy by the venue operators if walking was a challenge, or to take the slide and arrive at the bottom within seconds.Initially I was concerned  … Continue reading

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Tasmanian Forest Adventures

The tall forest trees (predominantly blackwood trees) edging the driveway into the parking area of Tasmanian Forest Adventures/Dismal Swamp  were dramatically different from the melaleuca and other low-lying wind-shaped bushes on the coast at Mt Cameron West. To walk in … Continue reading

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Time for lunch

The entry to an important tourism location is beside the Bass Highway between Marrawah and Smithton.  Based around a rainforested Dismal Swamp at the northern edge of the Tarkine wilderness, this has been rebranded as Tasmanian Forest Adventures; the word … Continue reading

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