My part of Tasmania (Lutruwita) is the Meander Valley region, consisting of the fertile lush farmland and mountainous central highlands that dominate the landscape west-southwest of Launceston. The friendly country town of Deloraine is an art and crafts hub sitting on the Meander River with the imposing and majestic Great Western Tiers in the background.
The Tiers mark the start or end (depending on where you are) of the central plateau upon which Cradle Mountain and Walls of Jerusalem national parks sit, its massive length stretching across the heart of Tasmania.
As a newly installed local, I discover my local area through work and play, and I never tire of the silent yet constantly expressive presence of the Tiers and the treasures it contains. You don’t need to go far too find yourself enveloped in the beauty of its pristine world heritage nature.
The area that I’m most at home in covers Mole Creek to Caveside, Western Creek to Meander, Quamby Bluff to Golden Valley, the Great Western Tiers (Kooparoona Niara) conservation area and highland lakes plateau. I put together personalised tours that show off each of these unique locations.
I also love exploring other parts of Tasmania, especially the wild and remote West Coast, Central Plateau and Southwest. The relatively unknown West Coast Range, with the stunning Lakes Selina, Plimsol and Westwood, as well as the majestic Mt Murchison and village of Tullah, border the western edge of the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair national park with the Tyndall and Sticht ranges.
The Tarkine beckons on the West Coast, with the Great Explorer Road leading down to Corinna, the Pieman River and Mt Donaldson. The Tarkine is a stunning haven of beautiful temperate rainforest for old world flora and fauna. The gateway towns of Queenstown and Zeehan herald the start of the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers protected area. From here it’s only a hop and a skip to the captivating Mt Field national park and the legendary wilderness of the Southwest with Mt Anne and Eliza, and the Port Davey Track that takes you to either the Western Arthur Ranges or deep south to Melaleuca.
On the Northwest Coast not far from Penguin and Ulverstone is the impressive Dial Range, and the Leven Canyon and fabulous Gunns Plains (and its caves) that lie in wait behind the Dial’s silent peaks.
Near Launceston is the amazing natural sanctuary that is Narawntapu national park, home to abundant nocturnal wildlife in the form of Tasmanian devils, pademelons, bandicoots, spotted quolls and wombats.
Closer to home is the beautiful Tamar River, serpentining in from the Bass Strait to the city of Launceston. It’s probably one of the most beautiful rivers in the world, with plenty of opportunity for kayaking and camping.
Tasmania is a pearl without beginning or end. If you’d like to explore it together with me on a customised tour, then please get in touch. I’d love to hear from you.