From cattle drives down the coast to railway tracks through the wilderness, the quest for mineral wealth has shaped the pattern and pace of development across the north-west of Tasmania more than any other enterprise in its post-colonial history.

Story + Photos Cormac Hanrahan

Far from the tourist hubs on the east coast, yet still accessible by two-wheel drive, the Western Explorer enables access to one of the most spectacular secrets hiding in plain sight. To journey through the Tarkine is to gain access to a past both recent and ancient. Between the Arthur and Pieman rivers lies a landscape of majestic beauty that has kept a timeless watch over humanity’s attempts to live, profit and conquer in this little corner of an island near the bottom of the world.   

This story excerpt is from Issue #128

Outback Magazine: Dec/Jan 2020