Allen & Unwin


by Robert Purves. Edited by Ralph Ashton

This stunning book includes a selection of photographic images from over 40 landscape photographers, and poetry and prose from various writers.

The Tarkine is one of the largest temperate rainforests on Earth, covering an area of 4500 square kilometres in Tasmania's north-west. This vast expanse is a wilderness wonderland of wild rivers, dramatic coastal heathlands, button grass plains, bare mountains, ancient Huon pines, giant eucalypts and myrtles, and extraordinary horizontal scrub. It is home to rare and endangered birds... and countless animals, including the eastern pygmy possum. For thirty thousand years, until late in the nineteenth century, the Tarkine was also home to the Tarkiner people - their middens can still be found along the rugged coast. 

But all this is under threat from human activities which imperil its very existence. Tarkine is a remarkable record of this landscape and a reminder that it is our responsibility to protect this unique place.


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