Tasmanian Wilderness You Gotta Go Here
The Tasmanian Wilderness is a UNESCO listed World Heritage site that comprises of a network of national reserves and parks. The wilderness went through a severe glaciation process resulting into an intricate system of limestone caves as well as steep gorges. Below is a list of the parks and reserves that are to be found within the wilderness:
1. Central Plateau Conservation and Protected Areas
2. Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park
3. Devils Gullet State Reserve
4. Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park
5. Hartz Mountains National Park
6. Mole Creek Karst National Park
7. South East Mutton Bird Islet
8. Southwest National Park
9. Walls of Jerusalem National Park
The Tasmanian Wilderness occupies an area of over 1 million hectares, making it one of the largest conservation areas in Australia and indeed in the world. The wilderness consists of vast temperate rainforests as well as coastal islands. The mainland of Tasmania Island is characterized with a rugged terrain that emanates from karst development that comes as a result of combination of carbonate rocks and limestone. Cave systems and natural arches are a common feature in Tasmanian wilderness.
There are a lot of similarities between the vegetation found in South America and New Zealand. Since the region is prone to wild fires, the vegetation has adapted accordingly and grows quite fast compared to other regions of the world. The diverse climatic conditions as well as soil variation ensure that the territory features diverse flora and fauna proliferation.
The Tasmanian Island is said to have been cut off from mainland Australia 8,000 years ago when the Bass Strait flooded. This led to the cut off of the Aborigines and for this reason, Aborigines had been the most isolated peoples until the arrival of the Europeans in the 19th century. For more than 500 generations, the aborigines had no outside influence.
Among the top reasons why you should visit the Tasmanian Wilderness is the 37 caves that are considered to have been human dwellings some 30,000 years ago. The Aboriginal culture is still very evident on the rock paintings and stone artifacts. This is the kind of place you immerse yourself and enjoy cultures of other people by living their life – albeit for only one week.