Autumn is the best time to explore the rich rainforests of the Tarkine. At this time of the year the most amazing fungi and moss erupts from crevasses in rocks and trees all through the rainforest. Rain periods start and rivers and creeks begin to swell and feed the waterfalls of the Tarkine. Good weather conditions are suitable for energetic activities like mountain biking and day walks. Camping is comfortable but can become quite cool toward the end of autumn.
If you are very lucky you may see the rare Orange Bellied Parrot on its return north. The soft light during this time of year makes for rewarding conditions for those interested in wilderness photography. Accomplished wildlife photographers offer guided field trips for those wanting to improve their skills.
Day 1- Waratah & Tarkine interpretation
Head to Waratah and visit the Tarkine Interpretation Centre & Gallery. From here you will learn all about the unique values and features of the Tarkine, and get some pointers on where to go and what to see. Be amazed at the ruins of Tasmania’s first hydro electric power station when you take the half day Powerhouse walk. On your return, visit the impressive Waratah falls in town before calling in to the historic Waratah pub for a traditional Tasmanian counter meal.
Day 2 – Fungi and waterfalls
Go south 10 kilometres toward Corinna and stop at the Whtye Hill Lookout. From here you can see the mountain ranges of the Tarkine unfold before your eyes, as though you are flying. Just a few kilometres down the road you will stop at Philosopher Falls for a short walk to see the most incredible display of fungi. These amazing plants take your complete attention creating a vivid display in brightly coloured red, purple, blue, orange and yellow. Ancient moss covered giant myrtle trees, delicate ferns and moss surround you. The powerful waterfall is the reward at the end of this walk. When you arrive at Corinna, take in the serene mood of the Whyte River walk before dinner.
For those with more time you may choose to spend an extra day in Waratah and take your mountain bike along the abandoned railway to the ruins of the mining town of Magnet.
Day 3 – Tarkine Rainforest
Spend the morning exploring the Savage River rainforest along the banks of the Pieman River and see the ship wreck of the SS Croydon. Upon your return take a leisurely paddle down the Pieman River in a hire canoe and keep your eye out for local sea eagles. Spoil your senses at Lovers Falls; walk above the crystal clear creeks and manferns and take in the serenity of these delicate and magic waterfalls. When you get back to the village you may wish to dine under the canopy of ancient myrtles, with each course delivered to your exclusive patch of rainforest paradise.
Day 4 – Tarkine coast
Head up the Western Explorer to Arthur River. On your way stop at the Longback and do an easy half hour walk to take in the incredible 360 degree views of the Tarkine. Choose your self-contained accommodation at Arthur River and spend the afternoon exploring the wild fury of the Tarkine coast amongst the strewn logs at the mouth of the Arthur River.
Day 5 – Home
Head home or take an extra day to clear your lungs in the cleanest air in the world, that of the Tarkine coast. As you leave, reflect on this awesome and rare coastal wilderness.
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