Tasmanian wilderness

Tasmania’s World Heritage area preserves one of only three remaining temperate wilderness areas in the Southern Hemisphere. Spanning Southwest, from Franklin–Gordon Wild Rivers, to Cradle Mountain–Lake St Clair and Walls of Jerusalem national parks, the area encompasses pristine rivers, mountains and lakes formed by glaciers, extremely long caves, some of the oldest trees in the world (Huon pines, relics from Gondwana that can live over 3000 years), and Aboriginal sites dating back at least 30 000 years, when Tasmania’s Aboriginal people may have been the most southerly people on earth. This wilderness gives the state some of the world’s best bushwalking areas, and among the hundreds of highlights, there are the views of Cradle Mountain, the summit of Frenchmans Cap, the Walls of Jerusalem plateau and the world’s-end southern coast.

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