The reason that I was in Tasmania riding a Moto Guzzi Stelvio 1200 NTX is a bit too convoluted for this blog but there I was under beautiful Autumn sun.
I have been to Tasmania a number of times but a couple of places had eluded me.
The far north west coast and the Tarkine Rain Forest wilderness.
Arthur River has a lovely camp ground in the remote North West Coast.
Near the mouth of the river there is a little beach and lookout at a place called The Edge of the World. The longest uninterrupted stretch of ocean in the world bound against these shores.
Travelling west from here the next stop is Patagonia.
The drift wood on the beach dragged across the sea by the pounding waves of the great Southern Ocean.
Even when it’s a still day the waves roll in on their relentless motion.
There was time for a swim under the warm sun rays of the late afternoon sun.
Before the sun set.
South of Arthur River there is a road junction. Heading south is the Western Explorer a gravel road that runs 150km south to Zeehan. The road west is the Tarkine Drive the winds through a mixture of farmland and wilderness.
The Tarkine Wlderness is an amazing temperate rain forest.
The Tarkine is limestone country with a number of sinkholes some of which have been plugged by forest debris to form lakes and ponds.
Being a rainforest there is also an array of beautiful fungi
The unique Tarkine Widerness is currently a battleground between conservationists and logging and mining interests.
If you would like to support the preservation of this unique wilderness contact https://bobbrown.org.au/
It was a short trip to this beautiful place but I’m sure I will be back.
The Giants provides insight into the importance of old growth forest and the Giants in them. Trees 100 metres high and thousands of years old.