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Active Retirees : Active Retirees Aug-Sept 2012
Active RetireesTM | 17 flecked with wildflowers, to wide beaches strewn with huge pebbles and vertical- shaped rocks standing to attention like a jagged Stonehenge. This was followed by an evening trip to Marrawah's pub, a favourite haunt of fishermen and surfers. Edge of eternity On our last day we strolled along the boardwalk to a point called the 'Edge of the World', as the sea to its west is the longest uninterrupted expanse of ocean on the globe. A poem engraved on a stone plaque invited visitors to cast a stone into the 'ocean of time' on the 'shore of eternity'. This remote place, windswept and desolate, perfectly summed up the beauty of the Tarkine, demonstrating why one would endure a barrage of weather to experience it. •• CAN WE WALK IT? Park Trek's five-day Tarkine walking tour is suited to anyone who's reasonably fit. The walks on days one, four and five are a relatively easy collection of rainforest or beach ambles of around one to three kilometres on mostly flat ground, albeit with 207 steps down to (and up again from) Philosophers Falls. Day two is a challenging 8.5km return walk (about four hours) to the top of Mt Donaldson, although the track starts quite easily and it is a relatively easy descent. Day three's walk along the wild west coastline is an 18km return trip, taking about six to seven hours, over mostly flat terrain consisting of beaches and scrub trails with a few small rises. The next walks are in November 2012. W: www.parktrek.com CORINNA Tucked into the rainforest on the southern edge of the Tarkine is an oasis in the wilderness, otherwise known as Corinna. Set on the banks of the Pieman River, the former gold mining town is now a haven for eco tourists and those wanting to spend a few days away from the pressures of the big city. Some of the 22 accommodation huts date back to the gold mining boom of the 1880s, while others are newly built, in a late 19th century style. Hikers and holidaymakers have more than a dozen trails to tackle, while kayaks can be hired to explore the Pieman, Savage and Whyte Rivers. A restored riverboat, Arcadia II, also runs daily river cruises. The centre of social life is the Tarkine Hotel and Tannin Restaurant. Corinna is approximately 131km south of Burnie and 266km (or four hours) from Launceston. Travellers arriving from the south must cross the Pieman River by the vehicle punt known as the Farman barge. W: www. corinna. com.au ! The Tarkine's old-growth forests, mosses and lichens provide a glimpse of the supercontinent Gondwanaland. Tourism Tasmania
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