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The Tarkine Wilderness in Tasmania, Australia – November 5th, 2009

40.8S 144.8E

November 5th, 2009 Category: Image of the day

Australia - October 6th, 2009

Australia - October 6th, 2009

Tasmania is an Australian island and state. It is located 240 kilometres (150 mi) south of the eastern side of the continent, from which it is separated by the Bass Strait. The state includes the island of Tasmania – the 26th largest island in the world – and the surrounding islands.

Visible here is the Tarkine, a large wilderness area in the far north-west of Tasmania. It is the largest remaining temperate rainforest area in Australia and one of the largest in the world.

The exact demarcation of this area has yet to be finalized but is bounded roughly by the Southern Ocean to the West, the Arthur River to the north, the Pieman River to the south, and the Murchison Highway to the east. This wilderness covers approximately 3,800 km².

The Tarkine contains pristine rainforest about 1,800 km² and eucalypt forest about 400 km², a number of wild rivers, exposed mountains, magnesite cave systems and extensive coastal heathlands. There are also large sand dune areas extending several kilometres inland.