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Walks

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rom the township of Corinna, the Whyte River Walk is a wonderful example of pristine temperate rainforest. With boardwalks sensitively placed in wet areas, this track provides easy access to a sample of the rich biological diversity (including colourful fungi in the autumn) and stunning beauty of the river/rainforest ecosystem. The walk takes between 70 and 90 minutes.

A shorter walk from Corinna, the Huon Pine Walk, has recently been upgraded and is accessible by wheelchairs. The Huon Pine Walk, which carries interpretation material on the important local flora, can be completed in 15 to 20 minutes.

It is an amazing transect of primary rainforest that offers a fresh dimension compared to the other walks. The 3km trek to the Savage River traverses huge myrtle beech and old huon pine and has magnificent views of the Pieman River from the ridges. The walk terminates at the site where the SS Croydon was sunk at the mouth of the Savage River. The wreck is still visible. The return walk can take about three hours, so many guests arrange to walk one way and kayak back, taking in the rainforest from two completely different perspectives.

A new walk has just been added that joins the point where the Savage River Walk joins Savage River and the bridge over the Savage River on the Western Explorer Highway. We have called this the Link Walk, because it provides a link between Corinna and Mount Donaldson on foot. Of course, guests can tackle the Link Walk in its own right rather than doing the Mount Donaldson Walk (see below).

The Link Walk hugs the Savage River and presents yet another dimension to the Tarkine rainforest – some of the staff at Corinna claim that this is the best of all the short walks!

Seasoned walkers often take the track to Mount Donaldson and others have made transects along the coast from Pieman Head to Granville Harbour to the south (making a one night camping excursion), or Pieman Head to the Interview River to the north using Corinna as a base. The Longback and the famous Philosopher’s Falls are also accessible using Corinna as a base. Your hosts can provide guests with assistance to tackle these and a variety of other longer walks. Hampers are also available from the Tannin restaurant.

Mt Donaldson (moderate)

For a spectacular wilderness panorama, the hike up Mt Donaldson is well worth the effort. From Corinna, drive for 10 minutes along the Western Explorer (C249) as far as the Savage River bridge. The walking track and carpark are just after the bridge. Ascend through forest onto the open button grass ridge to the summit. It’s a grandstand view here of the Pieman River, the rainforest valleys of the Donaldson River, the Tarkine’s deep interior, and the Southern Ocean to the west. The return trip takes about four hours.

Longback (easy)

This 30 minute walk offers the opportunity to experience stunning views of the Tarkine the easy way. From Corinna, head for the Western Explorer (C249) and follow for 11.4km to find this short signposted walk. Spare a thought for the explorer Jorgen Jorgenson who climbed the Longback on 20 March 1827. His party came from the west coast via the Donaldson River. “Fallen trees in every direction interrupted our march, and it is a question whether ever human beings civilised or savage, had ever visited this savage looking country. Be this as it may, all about us appeared well calculated to arrest the progress of the traveller, sternly forbidding man to traverse those places which nature has selected for its own silent and awful repose”.

Philosophers Falls (easy/moderate)

This short walk of less than 2 hours has it all – enabling walkers to explore the Arthur River following an historical mining race, and to find the waterfalls that were first discovered by Philosopher Smith while in search of tin and silver. From Waratah, drive for 10km in the direction of Corinna along the B23 and look out for the turnoff just before Arthur River Bridge. It’s a short distance down this gravel road to the walking track car park. The track winds through eucalypt and myrtle forest to the headwaters of the Arthur River. From here follow the historic water race as it cuts through the steep rocky banks of the river. Workers in the early 1900s built the race by hand to take water to the tin mines near Waratah. The track follows this water race with views looking down over the river, before a steep descent to a viewing platform beside Philosopher Falls.

The seven walks outlined here are possibly one of the best kept secrets of Tasmania!

 

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