A day of travelling inland from Strahan on the Tasmanian West Coast to Waratah, the surprisingly pleasant northern gateway to The Tarkine, a largely untouched temperate rainforest.
First stop was Zeehan, once the third largest settlement in Tasmania and home to the largest brick building on the island for a time. Though clearly this had been some time ago judging by the current state of the town.
The road to Corinna was one of the most twisty I have ever been on (which is saying something), though oddly just through bush rather than along cliffs or other obvious reasons for such a nausea inducing route.
Corinna is actually a replica gold rush era town, as if there weren’t enough real ones around Tasmania. There’s a pleasant walk out to the not very scary looking Savage River, the easiest ‘medium / hard walk’ I’ve ever done, which was followed by a shorter wander around the Whyte River, home to a rare mature Huon tree.
Waratah was way better than expected for a near deserted mining town in the middle of nowhere. There was a replica (though unsure the potted plants would have been there originally) of James ‘Philosopher’ Smith’s hut. He discovered one of the largest tin mines in the world back in the 1870s and saved Tasmania from becoming part of the state of Victoria as their industry improved off the back of it.