The Tarkine

Nestled in the North-West corner of Tasmania, Australia’s island state is the greatest expanse of temperate rainforest, and the second largest in the world, the Tarkine is an intriguing experience.

Unlike many places in the world the Tarkine remains as a hidden treasure and a forgotten wilderness. This expanse of uninterrupted 477,000 hectares of Tarkine wilderness holds ancient relics both plants and animals dating back millennia. Not only is it home to the largest temperate rainforest in Australia and second in the world, but is alive with unique creatures and habitats not found anywhere else.

The Tarkine is not just one wilderness, it provides an archipelago of experiences. See its vast forests of myrtle, leatherwood and pine trees and engage with them as living links to Gondwanaland that it shared with Patagonia, Papua-New Guinea and New Zealand.

The Tarkine speaks for itself and when you visit, whether experiencing many of the Tarkine forest walks, self guided drives, river cruises or visiting the amazing natural sights you will know why it is becoming known as a high quality ecotourism destination.

Tarkine Tasmania is worth visiting… unbelievable

Imagine forest camping or booking in to eco accommodation in the heart of ancient forests or on the banks of a remote river. If you have a passion to connect with nature, the Tarkine offers authentic adventure travel and sustainable tourism accommodation packages:

  • Tarkine accommodation is available in and around Arthur River, Marrawah, Smithton and Stanley
  • Tarkine walks, Tarkine trails and forest adventures will allow you to absorb the power of this ancient landscape.
  • Many guided experiences are offered, providing quality service and leading the way in “green* Tarkine tourism.

At the end of your stay, your reward will be a refreshed spirit

The Tarkine is not just one wilderness, it provides an archipelago of experiences. See its vast forests of myrtle, leatherwood and pine trees and engage with them as living links to Condwanaland that it shares with Patagonia, Papua-New Guinea and New Zealand.

The 447,000 hectare Tarkine Wilderness Area is Australia’s largest tract of unprotected temperate rainforest… You won’t find it named on many maps but the region is bound by the Arthur River to the north, the Pieman River to the south, the Murchison Highway to the east and the Southern Ocean.

It is a lost-world, the 30,000-year heritage of the Tarkiner people, one of three bands of aboriginal people who once lived in north-west Tasmania. It is home to one of the greatest concentrations of aboriginal sites in Australia.

Tarkine Tales

The Tarkine is a wild and spiritual place

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