Less than 5 per cent of the Tarkine region is fully protected as a national park. Bonorong’s Tarkine Trails provides four and six-day guided walks with three options to suit interests and levels of fitness. More: tarkinetrails.com.au. • tarkine.org/worldheritage-listing/ ous Tasmanian tiger, or Thylacine. Only a few breeding pairs remain of the yellow-crested parrot.
We see images from cameras strategically placed to capture the disease-free, nocturnal Tasmanian devils. This is the only facial tumour disease-free population of Tasmanian devils in the wild. Black furred with white patches, they are cuddly-looking creatures, despite their name.
More devilish are the feral cats. It seems just about every second camera image is of a cat. How do we reconcile this beloved pet with the damage they do to Australian wildlife? We hear of plans to spray them with a poison, that when licked, would kill them. This is greeted with horror from our group.
The Tarkine has the potential of World Heritage listing due to its pristine wilderness, wildlife and unique indigenous legacy but the Australian Government has never nominated it to UNESCO. I ask you to wonder why not. I invite you to follow in my footsteps and lie on a lichencovered log, to breathe and listen. I encourage you to take a hike.