Distance is relative in Tasmania.

Photos Andrew Bain

Head just 100km west of Hobart, for instance, and you find yourself in one of the most remote parts of the country, deep in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA), accessible only by light aircraft or days of walking. The TWWHA blankets almost one-quarter of the island state, with other national parks and reserves covering another 15% . That’s 40% of the state parcelled into 19 national parks and myriad other reserves.

A long-time writer and photographer for OUTBACK magazine, Andrew Bain has lived on his adopted island home for 13 years – and is continually drawn to its remote reaches. “I’m reminded almost every time I go bush in Tasmania that space here seems to magnify,” he says. “You only need to slip into a valley or gorge, or ascend one of the state’s 400-plus mountains, to feel Australia’s smallest state seemingly expand into a vast place still in the clutch of nature.”

In this sumptuous photo essay from snowy peaks to the darkest reaches of rainforests, he gives us a taste of the flavour of these wild places, and the people who travel there.

This story excerpt is from Issue #143

Outback Magazine: June/July 2022