Winter is a great time to be enlivened by the wild seas and fury of the Tarkine coast. Enjoy the atmosphere and rug up for short refreshing walks. See the many waterfalls of the Tarkine really pumping and hear the roar of gushing water as it makes it way down to the coast.
The Tarkine forests are magic in winter; the damp forest is quiet and enchanting, the smell of this ancient microclimate is unforgettable. It is a perfect time to relax too, as you can always find an inviting indoor fire and a friendly face in the Tarkine.
Day 1 – wild coast
Head to Arthur River and see the wild coast first hand at the Edge of the World. Be amazed by the sheer power of this coast, and see the dynamics of the Arthur River pushing against the huge waves at the mouth. Stop at Sundown Point and wonder how the Tarkiner people and many other Tasmanian Aboriginal groups managed to thrive in this environment for 35,000 years. Explore the coastal shack villages at Temma on your way south to Corinna.
Day 2 – Lovers Falls
Wake up in your cosy eco cabin at Corinna, put on your wet weather gear and head down river with your guide to Lovers Falls. Enjoy dry feet as you take this short stroll elevated amongst the manfern canopies to the most exquisite small waterfall. You’ll find it hard to be torn away by your guide as you’ll be mesmerised by this beautiful wall of water. Return to the Tarkine Hotel and enjoy a beautiful warm lunch followed by a lazy afternoon in front of your heater in your cabin, reading about the wonder of the Tarkine and its fascinating history.
Day 3 – Philosopher Falls
Take a drive northward to Waratah and stop at Philosopher Falls. This one and a half hour walk takes you to one of the best waterfalls in the Tarkine. See the head waters of the Arthur River and the moss clad Myrtle forest for which the Tarkine is famous. Stop at Waratah and check out the Tarkine Interpretation Centre and Gallery. Enjoy a warm refreshment before looking at the Stamper Mill (old mine workings) next door.
Day 4 – Waratah Falls and the Powerhouse
Take a morning stroll to the base of the Waratah Falls on your way to the Powerhouse ruins – Tasmania’s oldest hydro electric power station. Be enthralled by the vigour of nature taking over the ruins of the power station; moss, ferns and rainforest erupting from its walls and floor. Enjoy the company of the local characters over a counter meal at the Waratah pub. No doubt you will hear a story or two about how Waratah has long been a gateway into the wild country of the Tarkine.
Day 5 – Home
Head home via the Hellyer Gorge and see first hand this globally significant cool temperate rainforest and relic of the Gondwana landscape.