2020 Apple Isle Adventure travel blog

A plaque at the edge of the world

 

Huge driftwood logs

Grae and friend comtemplating the edge of the world

 

 

 

 

huge trees

 


We were excited to see 'The Edge of the World' on the West Coast. It certainly lives up to its name, being an eerily wild and windy place. There's no land between this solitary stretch of the Tasmanian coast and Argentina a whopping 40,000kms away, making it the longest uninterrupted expanse of ocean on Earth!

The pounding waves here have dragged up thousands of huge driftwood tree trunks on to the rocky, hostile beach. It was all rather otherworldly.

There is a monument here that reads 'I cast my pebble onto the shore of Eternity. To be washed by the Ocean of time. It has shape, form, and substance. It is me. One day I will be no more but my pebble will remain here. Mute witness to the oeons. That day I came and stood at the edge of the world.'

While in this untamed area we also ventured into the Western Wilds which is the name of this side of Tasmania. We drove the scenic Tarkine Drive through the second largest expanse of cool temperate rainforest in the world. The Tarkine rainforest is home to towering old-growth trees, sinkholes, lakes, caves, moss-covered forest floors and a diversity of wildlife. We did some walks through stunning vast forests of myrtle, leatherwood and pine trees. We had to keep looking both up and down because we didn't want to miss seeing all the amazing mosses, liverworts and lichens. We also kept expecting to see some prehistoric animal emerge from the forest, maybe even a Tasmanian Tiger (are they all really extinct?).

Along the walk to Lake Chisholm we learnt it was formed when a sink-hole in the limestone countryside became blocked. The water kept flowing in and had nowhere to drain to. Walking around we were a little concerned about leeches as it was very,very damp but it we came out without any hanger-ons.



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