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Corinna – Heart of the Tarkine

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he Tarkine (named after the Tarkiner people who inhabited the region between 175 and 30,000 years ago) contains the largest temperate myrtle-beech rainforest in Australia. Corinna lies at the southern end of the Tarkine and provides an accessible starting point to connect with the many elements of the wilderness. Within the Tarkine, and immediately north of Corinna, is the Arthur Pieman Conservation Area, containing significant aboriginal cultural heritage, highly diverse ecosystems, spectacular coastal landscapes and breathtaking wilderness areas.

The Tarkine covers 450,000 hectares and is bounded by the coast to the west, Arthur River to the north, the Pieman River to the south, and the Murchison Highway to the east. Rich in biological diversity, the area is a major refuge for myrtle – beech dominated rainforest.

There are more than 400 species of diverse flora, including a range of native orchids and many rare and threatened species. There are more than 250 vertebrate species of fauna, 50 of which are rare, threatened and vulnerable.

These include quolls, Tasmanian devils, eastern pygmy possums, wedge tailed eagles, the white breasted sea eagle, orange bellied parrots, white goshawks and giant freshwater lobsters. (see Flora and Fauna)

The Pieman is 108 km long and provides majestic and breathtaking beauty, running above and below the Reece Dam to Pieman Heads and spilling into the Southern Ocean on the wild west coast. It offers a great sense of isolation in ancient rainforest. From Corinna there is an opportunity to explore this magnificent river in many ways. Entering Corinna from the south entails crossing The Pieman, a river that is 130 m wide and 20 m deep, on the legendary “Fatman” barge. River cruises on the famous Arcadia II, together with boating, kayaking and fishing activities offer intimate experiences on the Pieman and its tributaries.

 

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