Untamed, Southwest National Park, Tasmania

Untamed

Southwest National Park, Tasmania

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      Southwest National Park in Tasmania is a vast, untamed wilderness renowned for its dramatic landscapes and pristine beauty. Covering over 6,183 square kilometers, it features rugged mountain ranges, deep valleys, glacial lakes, ancient rainforests, wild rivers and awe-inspiring coastline. It is the largest national park in Tasmania.

      The park is a unique and fragile wilderness, home to a diverse array of plant and animal species, many of which are rare and endemic. The park's ecosystems are incredibly sensitive to climatic changes, rendering them vulnerable to variations in temperature and precipitation. Human impact further compounds the park's fragility; even minimal tourism and recreational activities can cause soil erosion, damage vegetation, and disrupt wildlife. Therefore, stringent management and low-impact practices are crucial to maintaining the park's delicate balance and safeguarding its ecological integrity

      I've barely begun to explore the depths of this pristine national park. Since my first visit to the Western Arthurs in 2018, I've made four journeys there. Each trip leaves me eager to return, turning it into an annual pilgrimage from 2018 to 2020. The jagged peaks of the Western Arthurs present an extreme challenge, with some sections requiring 6-7 hours to traverse just 4 kilometers. With moments of pure joy mixed with frustration from the harsh weather and the hike's difficulty, I find myself drawn back repeatedly, captivated by the untamed wilderness that holds a special place in my heart. I'll be back to the Western Arthurs again, but my next few visits to Southwest National Park will take me to new areas to explore. I plan on continue adding images to this collection from other parts of the park.