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The Mersey River Forests

Listed under Rainforests and Jungles in Tasmania, Australia.

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The Overland track is probably Australia's best known long distance walk, covering around 85 kilometres through the mountains of central west Tasmania. In the central section of this walk, the track enters the Mersey River, where ancient rainforests are hemmed in between Cathedral Mountain and Castle Crag.

A string of impressive waterfalls, some of the tallest in the state, cuts through this silent valley. Moss covered trunks, filtered light, and endless hues of green characterise these forests. Occasional natural clearings give views up to rocky mountains and in spring and early summer, the heavy smell of the flowers of the Leatherwood tree adds to the experience.

Early spring for fewer people and the flowering of the Leatherwood.

Written by  Cam Walker.

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“Tasmanian Rainforests”

'In a region that has been subjected to severe glaciation, these parks and reserves, with their steep gorges, covering an area of over 1 million ha, constitute one of the last expanses of temperate rainforest in the world. Remains found in limestone cav… Read more...

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