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Exploring Tasmania’s Tarkine: Ramsay Rainforest

Clutching my copy of the Tarkine Trails guidebook, I decided to do a little reccie in the Ramsay Rainforest area near Waratah in Tasmania’s beautiful Tarkine region.

Wombat Creek, beside the rough 4WD track which leads deep into the Ramsay Rainforest in Tasmania’s Tarkine.

The start of the track was easy to find (thanks to the guidebook!) and I decided to just walk and see how far I would get. The track in fact leads all the way to the mighty Huskisson River via the slopes of Mt Ramsay and a full two or three days would be ideal to really explore the area.

Wombat Creek Tarkine Tasmania

Wombat Creek. Beautifully tangled and green rainforest is everywhere here, the main trees along the creek being myrtle beech, leatherwood and horizontal.

Before too long I was amongst the sublime green of the rainforest, with the constant rush of the small Wombat Creek my companion. I continually poked my head in through the thick wall of leatherwood and horizontal, looking for a nice clear access point to the creek. Eventually I found this little spot.

Wombat Creek at the start of the Ramsay Rainforest walk in the Tarkine

Wombat Creek, part of the Ramsay Rainforest walk in the Tarkine

I spent a very long time here, soaking it in, watching the waters flow and in awe at the utter stillness of the rainforest. I had planned on spending most of the short autumn day here, and this spot had not disappointed. There were a few patches of fungi as well but it was the creek and the green that really had me hooked.

Fungi in Tasmania's Tarkine region.

Fungi along the creek on the Ramsay Rainforest walk

Wombat Creek on the Ramsay Rainforest walk, Tarkine

A wide view of the beautiful little spot on the Wombat Creek

The Tarkine is one of the spots that really lured me from Melbourne to Tasmania so many years ago. Exploring this creek really reminded me of what I enjoy about photography – visiting somewhere new, finding hidden spots, and watching the natural world pulsating and free as it should be. We are cut off from nature so much in our day to day lives, to the point that such utterly tragic environmental news such as the destruction of the Great Barrier Reef and indeed the issue of global climate change barely rate a mention in comparison to financial ups and downs and celebrity nonsense. Needless to say I feel quite satisfied with the path I have taken and hope those good people out there who visit my website from time to time are enjoying the travels along with me 🙂

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Luke O'Brien runs a stall at Hobart's popular Salamanca Market every Saturday where his prints and cards are available for purchase. Follow Luke's photographic adventures on Twitter at @lukeobrienphoto, at his Facebook page or by subscribing to his email newsletter.