Tasmania’s best-kept secret, The Tarkine, is often described as one of the world’s greatest archeological sites; there are ancient Aboriginal artifacts and engravings still scattered throughout the area.
Broadsheet sent Brisbane travel photographer, Melissa Findley to uncover the depths of The Tarkine and the west-coast wilderness. With no phone reception, it was a chance to really connect with and be immersed in the surroundings.
“I spent a lot of time alone,” says Findley. “Walking through the rainforest, along the beach and under the stars at night.” When Findley did finally see others she quickly realised that Tasmania has a certain effect on people. She learned the life story of an American traveller while watching the sunset, and witnessed the sheer joy of a Swiss skinny-dipper in a nearby swimming hole.
“It’s part of the Tasmanian charm,” she says, describing a mutual respect for everything around you, the history and the beauty that remains.
Settled by Europeans in 1881, Corinna is one of the few remote mining towns to survive the greedy settlement and hasty exodus of the 1800s gold rush.
Gracing the edge of the Pieman River, surrounded by ancient rainforests, Corinna is the perfect jumping-off point for some of Tasmania’s most famous treks, including the Overland Track. It was on one of these trekking adventures that Findley experienced her most memorable moment of the trip. “Watching the sunset out to sea from the top of Mount Donaldson.”
She waited for the sun to sink down before bravely starting the trek back, guided only by the moon and the faintest hint of the Southern Lights.
For Findley, it was this isolation that made her feel at home in Tasmania’s wild. “It’s exciting and adventurous and I completely fell in love with it. I already want to explore more.”