Tarkine Coast walk 🔗
The Tarkine is an area of outstanding natural beauty in north-west Tasmania. It contains areas of significant ecological importance but has little protection from industrial development and exploitation. Amongst other things, it's home to some of the last disease-free Tasmanian Devils left in the wild, as several of my companions on this walk can attest. You can find out more at the Save the Tarkine website.
These images are from a walk I did as part of Tarkine in Motion 2016, an awareness-raising event organised by the Bob Brown Foundation. Many thanks to the organisers for all their efforts. The entire event involved more than one hundred artists, and was a resounding success as far as I can tell. See the Tarkine in Motion 2016 website and the Facebook page for more information and details of any exhibitions of work resulting from the event.
This walk follows a coastal track from the mouth of the Pieman River north to the Interview River. Most of the track is through heathland and vegetated sand dunes, and years of 4WD traffic has eroded it to more than a metre deep in many places. At the time of writing, this area of the coast is off-limits to vehicles and we didn't encounter any, but there is pressure to have the area reopened. Fresh water is available in several creeks along the way, but as always, they may dry up if there's been no recent rain, and be prepared to treat your drinking water.
There's no road access to the start of the walk. The best idea is to get to Corinna and then catch a boat down the river. You can get to Corinna by road fairly easily, but be aware that if you approach from the south there is a vehicle ferry across the river that only operates in daylight hours. There's accommodation at Corinna (cabins, camping, even a pub), and the operator runs boat trips up and down the river. They can drop you at the river mouth and pick you up again a few days later.
It's a reasonably easy one-day walk to get to the Interview River campsite, where we made camp for two nights. This point marks the end of the defined track. Continuing north from here involves beach walking and traversing large sand dunes, with wind-blown sand covering any tracks within hours.
Interview River itself can be reached by walking a few hundred metres further north over some dunes. You can get fresh water from the river provided you go about 200m upstream from the beach, away from the tidal zone.
The Tarkine coast is constantly battered by the Roaring Forties. - if you head west from here it's ocean all the way to Argentina.