At the heart of takayna / Tarkine is Australia’s largest tract of cool temperate rainforest, a relic of Gondwana and related to the forests of Patagonia and New Zealand. The ancient rainforests are threaded with wild rivers, flowing through expansive button grass plains and flowering coastal heaths to a rugged coastline of windswept beaches.
Wild windswept beaches and towering sand dunes in the Tarkine form the Western Tasmania Aboriginal Cultural Landscape.
The Tarkine is a vast region with wilderness values, including one of the most significant remaining tracts of temperate rainforest left on the planet.
A relict of the ancient supercontinent of Gondwana. Myrtle dominates the Tarkine’s callidendrous (tall, open) rainforests, and is a key indicator of Tasmania’s Gondwanic origins. Gondwana, was an ancient supercontinent which broke away from Pangaea between 600 and 240 million years before the present day.
Bob Brown Foundation's campaign for secure protection for the Tarkine, is calling for a Tarkine National Park and World Heritage listing, and a return to Aboriginal ownership.
Secure protection for takayna/Tarkine is urgent. Its natural and cultural values are threatened by proposed mines, logging in rainforests and endangered species habitat and off-road vehicles damaging Aboriginal sites in the National Heritage listed coastal landscape.
Logging in the Tarkine's world heritage value forests, if allowed to continue, will have long term devastating impacts on the environment, climate and wildlife. The intact forests of Tasmania's Tarkine are globally unique and vital habitat for rare and endangered species.
Intact forest landscapes are a key component in mitigating global climate change. As intact forests across the globe become rarer, secure protection for the Tarkine forest's is more urgent.
Aboriginal use of takayna / Tarkine dates back tens of thousands of years and continues to this day. Yet off-road vehicles are vandalising the heritage coastline, cutting tracks through the heart of irreplaceable Aboriginal heritage sites.