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Styx Valley Tasmania

Styx Valley Tasmania

Thursday December 26, 2013

The tall eucalypt forests and dark green rainforests of the Styx Valley Tasmania are a unique experience. The Styx really is an area that captures the imagination with trees pushing past 90 metres in height and the pure green of the rainforest an instant source of refreshment.

Styx Valley Giants & Snowy Range, Tasmania

Styx Valley Giants & Snowy Range, Tasmania

Visiting the Styx Valley Tasmania

The Styx Valley is a surprisingly easy day trip out of Hobart. It is only just over an hour to the Mt Field National Park, a further 15~20 minutes to Maydena and a further 20 minutes to the main attraction of the Styx Valley which is the Big Tree Reserve and the short walk through the giants there.

Myrtle forest near the Styx River, Tasmania

Myrtle forest near the Styx River, Tasmania

There is an absolute maze of roads in the area such as the South Styx Rd, Waterfall Creek Rd, Jubilee Rd and Mueller Road. Most are quite passable with a 2WD but be aware that fallen trees abound in the area and the roads, while in reasonably good condition, are gravel and care needs to be taken.

Styx River Tasmania

Styx River Tasmania

Driving the back roads also provides a great opportunity to get a better idea of the layout of the land. Many spectacular mountains of the South West World Heritage Area can be seen from the clearfelled forest coupes which are only too abundant. Mt Mueller, Mt Snowy North, the Jubilee Range and the Anne Range are all visible and it would be wonderful if some viewing platforms or more serious tourism infrastructure could be set up now that this remarkable area is on the World Heritage List.

Rainforest, Styx Valley Tasmania

Rainforest, Styx Valley Tasmania

Macro. Tasmanian rainforest fern, Styx Valley

Macro. Tasmanian rainforest fern, Styx Valley

Photography Tours in the Styx Valley

I run a full day photography workshop which includes Mt Field and the Styx Valley. For those who are keen to photograph waterfalls and the magnificent greenery of Tasmania’s wet forests please visit my tours and workshops page or contact me for more details.

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