The Weekend Australian - Travel - - DESTINATION AUSTRALIA -

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: tarkine­ •­her­itage-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.

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