It's winter in the Tarkine / takanya

By Simon Mustoe

Although the rain might dampen the spirits of those living in the southern hemisphere at this time of year, for the takayna/Tarkine it’s the essential component and reason that this ancient rainforest continues to thrive and in turn awe its visitors.  

Charles Chadwick took the fungus shot when he was doing a trip with Tarkine Trails in May 2016.

The River photograph is taken of the Huskisson River, one of the many beautiful rivers which wind its way through the Tarkine rainforest. And the tree photograph is of a myrtle beech.

These beautiful images by photographers who visited Tarkine Travils tell us why all those who experience this rainforest fall in love with it. 


Did you know, The Tarkine is the largest tract of temperate rainforest in the Southern Hemisphere and the second largest in the world after the Tongass Forest of Alaska!

Here are a few more facts you might not know about The Tarkine:

  • Approximately 450,000 hectares in size. 
  • Bordered by the Arthur River to the north, Pieman River to the south, Murchison Highway to the east and coast to the west.
  • Home to aboriginals from 3 bands of the Northwest Tribe: Tarkineer occupied Sandy Cape region; Peternidic occupied Pieman Head region; Manegin occupied Arthur River region.
  • Tarkine was named in honour of the Tarkineer people by conservationists in the 1990’s. The name takanya/Tarkine was formally gazetted by the Tasmanian Government in 2014.
  • Savage River National Park protects just 5% of it.
  • The Western Tasmanian Aboriginal Cultural Landscape is listed as National Heritage. It is a 2 km deep swath that stretches along the Tarkine coast.
  • The Australian Heritage Council has proposed the Tarkine be placed on the National Heritage List due to the rainforest, lichen, fossil flora, wilderness, aesthetic magnesite karst and Aboriginal values it holds.
  • Conservationists believe that, if assessed, the Tarkine would meet all 10 of the World Heritage criteria. 
Wildiaries • July 2017