Today we’ve been to Tahune Airwalk. Tahune is aboriginal and means ‘peaceful place by running water’, which it certainly was. On the way to Tahune we stopped in Geeveston, where we saw this great graffiti in a recycling yard, and visited a craft centre. Because it’s a Monday in winter and the weather was overcast, there weren’t many other people around.
This photo was taken at a picnic spot by the river on the way to Tahune. I bet it’s much busier in the summer when the weather is better, and the river’s lower and people can paddle.
These pictures were taken on a short walk into the rainforest nearby. It was quite spooky with all the bird and animal noises. I’d hate to be in there alone at night!
Tahune Airwalk is a 600 metre long steel walkway running through the forest and over the river. On average, it is 20 metres high in the trees, and it’s over 37 metres above the forest floor at it’s highest point and 48 metres above the river. Despite the height of the Airwalk, the trees still tower above when you walk along it. Some of the eucalyptus are over 80 metres tall!
After this, we did the Swinging Bridges Walk, which is a 3 kilometre track that crosses the Huon and Picton rivers. From the confluence of the rivers, in the distance, we could see the cantilever of the Airwalk, poking out above the river. It was a very enjoyable walk. I was glad we had the 2 bridges to ourselves though… They bounced quite a lot when we walked on them!
We had lunch in the cafe at the visitor centre before setting off home. Then, on the way home, we stopped to have a quick look at a tree that was marked as the biggest. It’s a stringybark eucalyptus that is almost 100 metres tall, although it doesn’t look that impressive amongst its neighbours that are nearly as high! Eucalyptus are the world’s tallest flowering plants.
Back at Richard and Rachel’s, John’s made dinner while I did our ironing. We’ve started to pack because we’re borrowing Richard’s car tomorrow and heading off on an 8-day road trip. We’ve got some lovely places to see. This is a beautiful country.