The Tarkine Drive is a 60km loop on the Sumac and Rapid River Roads. Visitors will need to put aside half a day to enjoy all the sights and sounds that the forest walks have to offer.
Forests at the edge of the world contain a wide range of easily accessible environments. Within a ½ hour drive from Stanley there are towering eucalypt forests, open plains of buttongrass and heathland, magnificent rainforests and mysterious blackwood swamps. These forests are managed for a wide range of values besides timber production including water quality, landscape, wildlife, recreation and honey production. Each year, our forests beehive sites produce about 140 tonnes of the unique Leatherwood honey, about a quarter of Tasmania’s total production. If you visit in summer, look for the white flowers of the Leatherwood tree. The recreation opportunities in this corner of the state are many. If you feel like getting active in State Forest, why not ride a horse, trail bike, canoe, raft or even walk your dog? Should you feel like relaxing, there are sites where you can have a picnic or barbecue, take a short walk or even try your luck at catching a fish. The Tarkine Drive is sealed, however there are roads in the area that remain unsealed but are easily manageable by cars at all times of the year. Please watch out for the wildlife and be aware of logging traffic. For more information go to https://discoverthetarkine.com.au