The Tarkine Wilderness

Lake Chisholm a large sinkhole in the TarkineThe Tasmanian Tarkine Wilderness, which has an area of 447,000 hectares, including 177 hectares of rainforest, is located in the north-west of the state. It is the largest tract of wilderness in Tasmania and contains one of the greatest concentrations of aboriginal sites found anywhere in Australia.

Bounded by the great Southern Ocean to the west, the Arthur River to the north, the Pieman River to the south and the Murchison Highway to the east, the area takes its name from the Tarkiner people who inhabited this region between 175 and 30,000 years ago.

A relic from the ancient continent, Gondwanaland, the Tarkine is one of the most significant, temperate, rainforests on earth. It is home to 56 threatened and endangered species, such as the world’s largest freshwater invertebrate, the giant crayfish - astacopsis gouldi and the wedge-tail eagle - aquila audax.

The extensive rainforests, dramatic gorges and pristine river systems, buttongrass mountain plateaux, flowering heathlands and wild beaches, combine to make it one of the world’s greatest treasures.