Daisy Dell is an area of the Tasmanian Highlands north of Cradle Mountain, it is an area rich in human history and diverse in natural values. On boxing day 2017 I got to visit a little corner of this special place with one of the land owners who has worked with the Tasmanian Land Conservancy to preserve and protect this area.
Day one of our trip started at Corinna after a night spent at the Hotel there and a cruise down the River on the lovely Arcadia II.
We were dropped off on the north bank of the river by dinghy, starting our walk just before midday. We ate lunch at the always spectacular Rupert Point.
After arriving at interview river we spent some time fishing and exploring the rocky shore before setting up camp We had fresh caught Wrasse & creamy pasta for dinner.
Pieman River to Interview River
There was a lot of open sandy coast line on day two and a couple of quicksand moments.
We walked from Interview River to Lagoon River then scoped the rocky head land north of Lagoon river for a camping spot and a likely fishing location.
This area had plenty to offer heaps of wildlife, massive middens fields and the all important running water.
Interview River to lagoon River
Day three we set out from out campsite a couple of Km's North of Lagoon River, our walk began by skirting a large midden field and took us along the coast to Sandy Cape.
Nathan caught his first Abalone since arriving in Tassie nearly eight years ago- I think he's hooked. He cooked it up for dinner in garlic butter.
We didn't encounter any other humans on the walk but called home from near the Sandy Cape lighthouse to check in with the Kids and Dogs.
Lagoon River to Sandy Cape
This was our longest walk and our worst weather, we got rained on twice, the second time was as we were trying to set up camp.
Vehicle tracks and modern human activity became a lot more pronounced from this point on.
Sandy Cape to Brookes Creek
My husband and I just completed a five day coastal walk along Tasmanian's takayna/Tarkine coast from the mouth of the Pieman River to Temma Harbour a distance of around 70km, a basic guide for the walk can be found in a book called Tarkine Trails by Phill Pullinger.
The experience was great the weather was spectacular except for one evening, the landscapes and seascapes were epic, we collected and ate fresh seafood and most memorably witnessed the outstanding evidence of occupation of this landscape by Tasmanian Aboriginal People.
Commonly known as middens the accumulated remains of thousands of generations of living sites along the coast are now exposed due to erosion and damage from vehicles and insensitive land use.
The whole stretch of coast line we walked is very obviously one continuous living place, these middens often appear to be sand dunes until you understand that the sand and humus has been formed over the stone tools, food remains and family lives of people.
I'll be posting a selection each days images separately and in reverse order (because that's the way I'm editing), feel free to contact me if you have questions.
Brooks Creek to Temma Harbour
A lot of walking of 4wd tracks for this stretch, not so fun.
Tasmanian based, New Zealand born