Our day on the Arthur River at the northern edge of the Tarkine (previous post) was a fantastic experience. Would our stay at Corinna on the Pieman River at the southern end of the Tarkine be as good?
First we had to get there, and with the Western Explorer road closed due to the fires we needed to drive around the eastern part of the Tarkine, through the village of Waratah.
As they say “it’s an ill wind that blows nobody any good”. Waratah is such an interesting place. It’s situated at the head waters of the Arthur River and its tin mining back in the late 19th / early 20th century was the main support for the whole Tasmanian economy. At one stage it was recognised as the richest tin mine in the world.
The town’s history is really well presented at a number of places: The Waratah Courthouse Museum, ‘Philosopher’ Smith’s Hut and St James Church Gallery & History Centre (check opening hours).
And the view from the historic Bischoff Hotel at Waratah is special – a tempter for the wilderness we were about to drive through to our accommodation at Corinna.
There is a little bit of gravel road between Savage River and Corinna, but we found it well maintained and an easy drive. And Corinna itself – what an atmosphere, with old miners huts beautifully restored. Fantastic accommodation (but not cheap – byo caravan is the alternative).
The Tarkine Hotel/General Store is the focal point for services – and really good food too!
Right in front of the hotel is the wonderful Pieman River, where the beautiful Arcadia II departs on river cruises and where the Fatman Barge ferries vehicles across to the southern shore. Well, at least that’s the intention …
Wouldn’t you know it, the Arcadia was out of service when we wanted to take the tour to the Pieman Heads.
Oh, and btw, I read the other day that the Fatman was out of service for a week – so you need to be flexible when touring these parts of the world!
Again, though, it was an ill wind … we instead went on the Sweetwater Cruise, a small pontoon boat that could take us in to shore to see remnant huon pine, up the Savage River to see the sunken wreck of SS Croydon and best of all, to Lovers Falls, a beautiful waterfall framed by stunning brilliant green ferns.
Aside from the cruises, the other main activities out of Corinna are kayaking and walking.
There are all sorts of walks available – talk to the hotel staff to find out the ones that will suit you.
The Whyte River walk starts along the Pieman (in the opposite direction to the Huon Pine walk); the views and vegetation are magical.
Experiences like those that the Tarkine provide are so unique. There is a campaign on the make the Tarkine region World Heritage listed. I really hope it succeeds.
For us, it was on to the interesting town Queenstown via Tullah and Rosebery – the subjects of the next blog post.
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