Spring in the Tarkine is a wonderful time to connect with its wild animals and their habitats. The button grass plains come to life; rare native orchids flower and other plant life blooms. Bird life is also active with the endangered Orange Bellied Parrot frequenting the Tarkine on their way south to breed. Tasmanian Devil pups emerge from their winter dens seeking nourishment. The quality of light is magic during this time of the year, so those chasing that perfect wilderness image will have plenty of visual material to capture. Walking is comfortable during spring; however the weather can change very quickly, so you must be well prepared and do your research – you can also visit our FAQ page for tips.
Day 1 – Waratah’s wild country
Head to Waratah via the Hellyer Gorge. Stop here for a picnic and enjoy the crisp waters of the Hellyer River, and the enchantment this thickly forested gorge has to offer. When you reach Waratah, perched on the edge of the Tarkine’s eastern plateau, you will sense the vastness of its mountain ranges and valleys. Head to the Tarkine Interpretation Centre & Gallery in the middle of town and familiarise yourself with this precious place. Take a short walk from here to Mount Bischoff and view the mine workings. Search through the designated fossicking area and pick up our own piece of gemstone.
For those with more time and energy head down and explore the abandoned town of Magnet either on foot or on your mountain bike.
Day 2 – Mt Donaldson & the Pieman River
Go south to Corinna and enjoy the atmosphere of this quaint green-friendly village. Book into your eco cabin, put on your walking boots and head to Mt Donaldson. This walk is worth the half day effort, as you will be astounded by the beauty of the rolling Tarkine mountain ranges and vision of the Pieman River stretching out to the coast, particularly at the summit (take your downloaded walking notes and map with you).
After dinner, take a quiet stroll along the banks of the Whyte River. The serenity is only broken by the occasional bird call and trout jumping in the soft evening light.
Day 3 – Arthur River coast
Head north to Arthur River and stop at the Longback for a half hour easy walk. Get your bearings from this amazing lookout and see the ancient savannah-like landscape; one of the best views of the Tarkine.
Continue north and arrive at the Edge of the World lookout, where the power of the Tarkine coast is in action. Huge waves have been pounding this coast for millennia. From here you can see Australia Rock at the mouth of the Arthur River being constantly blasted by the waves. Further on you will see Church Rock and the northern coast of the mouth, a great destination for guided night Tasmanian Devil viewing (remember to book early).
Spend the afternoon exploring the coast on either side of the river mouth. You may see our shy shore birds, nesting and forging along the shoreline. This part of the Tarkine is frequented by Wedge Tailed Eagles, often in pairs. The rush of fresh air provides them with plenty of uplift for their graceful cruising.
Retire to your cosy self-contained accommodation and enjoy watching the sun set over the vast Southern Ocean.
Day 4 – Church Rock
There is a lovely walk north of the river along the coast to Church Rock or further on to the Bluff Hill Point lighthouse (see the downloadable map and notes). Beginning at first light may reward you with a glimpse of wallabies, wombats, and even a Tasmanian Devil. The ancient rocky outcrops will astound you with their beauty and majesty – a photographer’s delight.
Day 5 – Home
If you have the time, stay another day and take an Arthur River cruise, where you will be shown the river and the rainforest by your experienced guides.