Landscape And Natural Beauty

A number of the Tarkine's landscapes are excellent are included:

The largest tract of temperate rainforest in Australia. Located in the Tarkine's north-east in the upper reaches of the Rapid, Keith, Donaldson and Savage Rivers, the vastness of this rainforest is impressive. The densely rain forested upper Savage River is exceptional due to its deeply incised gorge system.

The Norfolk Range - a feature of the Western Coastal Platform characterized by an undulating to flat topography. This region is blanketed in a drapery of heath and button grass (Gymnoschoenus sphaerocephalus) moorland, pockets of a variety of forest types at differing stages of succession, and gorge-like drainage lines.

The natural beauty of the region not only relates to the high degree of biophysical naturalness (Commonwealth of Australia 1997), but also to the changing nature of landscapes.

The Meredith Range - A heaving stonework plateau comprising the Meredith Batholiths, the largest exposed area of brickwork in western Tasmania.

The Tarkine's coastline is broadly linear with a contrasting arrangement of jagged rocky headlands and cliffs, general dual systems, long sandy beaches, small coves, lagoons, grassy woodland, and coastal heath land and swamp. It includes Sandy Cape, a picturesque area with a high concentration of archaeological sites.

In so far as any intact patchwork of different ecosystems and geomorphology can be careful beautiful or aesthetically agreeable, the Tarkine Wilderness positively qualifies.

Any experience of natural landscapes depends on a range of factors including the season, weather, and the quality of ambient light. Nature's beauty has a somewhat obscure quality described by Smith (cited in Dixon 1982) as being "characterized by the complete dominance of nature". This is natural to the human experience of the Tarkine Wilderness.

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