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Rattler Range Tasmania

Rattler Range Tasmania

Sunday October 16, 2016

The Rattler Range is a little known patch ot ancient myrtle rainforest in north east Tasmania. It is part of the Mt Victoria Forest Reserve which includes (of course) Mt Victoria and stretches north to somewhere near the Mt Paris Dam Rd which connects Branxholm and Weldborough.

Myrtles in the Mist - Rattler Range, North East Tasmania

Myrtles in the Mist – Rattler Range, North East Tasmania

It is a truly beautiful patch of forest and I finally made a return visit there after visiting many years ago with friends.

Moss and lichen covers the forest

Moss and lichen covers the forest

The rainforest canopy, Rattler Range

The rainforest canopy, Rattler Range

The easiest access is the Ah Foo Rd but due to some fallen trees there is a walk of 30~40 minutes or so before you get to the actual myrtle forest. I was lucky enough to have low lying cloud and mist for my trip but there was also a fair bit of wind so while I had a fantastic experience just slowly walking and taking it all in, I feel like there is still a little bit more to accomplish here…

Myrtle forest on the Rattler Range, north east Tasmania

Myrtle forest on the Rattler Range, north east Tasmania

Beautiful myrtle forest on Tasmania's Rattler Range

Beautiful myrtle forest on Tasmania’s Rattler Range

Myrtle forest on the Rattler Range, north east Tasmania

Myrtle forest on the Rattler Range, north east Tasmania

The Friends of the Blue Tier have been actively pushing for the listing of a North East Highlands National Park here, and to that end have taped a multi-day hike across the region which includes a day traversing the Rattler Range. For me, I spent half a day walking in from the northern end and turned back at some random point among the myrtles.

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