Feb
03
2014

Enter the wilderness: Savage River National Park

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Tasmania is jam-packed full of great scenery and parks. Some are famous the world over, such as the Cradle Mountain – Lake St Clair National Park, but there are some lesser-known gems out there, too.

Savage River National Park is one such place. It's located in the north west of Tasmania, and one of its biggest drawcards is that it's home to the largest contiguous area of cool temperate rainforest in Australia.

That means a huge amount of significant flora and fauna, not to mention stunning landscapes.

For the wannabe geologists there's an amazing basalt plateau to explore, as well as a river gorge system and plenty of hills and valleys.

The vast majority of the region is near-untouched, so it offers an authentic wilderness experience that is extremely rare to come across. Most of the park is inaccessible by normal means, however there are some 4WD tracks that provide limited access, and a few areas can be reached by standard vehicle. It's lucky for us too, as that means there are ways to get an insight into this lush area.

Aboriginal and European heritage

The region is also home to many sites of Aboriginal significance. At the time of European contact, the Big River and North tribes frequented the area, and had established travelling routes throughout the landscape.

Europeans arrived in the area in the 1800s, surveying some of the land and discovering iron ore deposits. However, due to the difficult terrain, mining exploration and operations did not succeed in the region, so the pristine natural environment has been maintained.

If you are eager to explore this wilderness area, you can follow some of the basic tracks where self-reliant bushwalking is permitted. However, hikers must be well-equipped and knowledgeable of the conditions as there are no facilities throughout much of the area.

Savage River

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