Recently we spent a night on Mt Tim Shea, which is basically at the gateway to the South West, with great views over The Thumbs, the Needles & Mt Field. Tasmania’s South West is a much loved wilderness area which covers approx 20% of Tasmania.
South West Tasmania was the very happy hunting ground of two pioneering Tasmanian landscape & wilderness photographers, Olegas Truchanas and Peter Dombrovskis. Both photographers devoted themselves wholly to the region and their passion and determination to show this part of the world to others is a large part of the reason it is now protected as a National Park, and as part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.
Although the area is now a lot more opened up, there really is only one major road into the region. This road is called the Gordon River Road which starts at Westerway and passes Mt Field National Park and Maydena on its way to the Gordon dam at Strathgordon. There is a road which takes you south to the lookout over Lake Pedder at Scotts Peak Dam, but other than that it s basically walking access only. From the South Coast (which is accessible by light plane) to the Arthur Ranges and Mt Anne, this area is one of the world’s greatest temperate wilderness areas.
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