Made up of over 70 000 hectares of dense rainforest, the Tarkine is one of the largest protected rainforests in the world and one of the most stunning as well. For a photographer, it can take a lifetime to cover.
Pictured here is the Balfour Forest, which took me about an hour to access by 4WD from the Bass Highway via the Arthur River crossing. It’s from this point onwards that you need to be in a 4WD. Once I reached the small car park, which only has room for three to four cars, I set off into the bush on foot to have a look at this wonderful area that the Government has protected for us to enjoy.
A few days prior to venturing out, the Tarkine was closed due to strong winds of over 100 kph that battered the North West of the State. This became obvious as soon as I entered into the forest, as there were trees over the track on many different sections of the path. This just made it a bit of an adventure getting up and around the fallen trees.
I walked for about 90 minutes and allowed about the same time for the return trip before the sun set – all the time taking in everything the area had to offer in its beauty. To say that the Balfour Forest is stunning is an understatement. I love it all – from the miniature growth on a delicate branch, to the grand old trees that stand tall, to the leaf litter and fallen trees that are slowly returning to the soil.
I totally enjoyed capturing the beauty and scenery of this forest with my camera for others to enjoy. The above photo is one of the many that I took on this adventure into the Tarkine. Several of these photos will be on display in Sydney for a one night showcase, along with various works from five other Tasmanian 5 photographers to raise the awareness of the necessity of protecting of the Tarkine.
The image below is from Lake Chisholm rainforest.