Photo story: Tahune AirWalk

Tahune is an Aboriginal word that means ‘peaceful place by running water’.

Last weekend, while in Tasmania, my friend Mary and I visited the Tahune AirWalk to ‘walk amongst the giants’. This attraction is located in the Tahune Forest Reserve, which is a 90-minute drive south of Hobart. We had a leisurely day and, along with the AirWalk, enjoyed a handful of short forest walks.

The AirWalk Tree Top Walk, which is perched 37 metres high in the canopy, is 0.6 km and takes about 30 minutes, depending on how long you linger to enjoy the views across the top of the forest to the Huon and Picton rivers. From the Visitor Centre it’s a 1.6 km return walk, which takes about 50 minutes. But it can also be combined with the Swinging Bridges Circuit, which is a further 3 km and takes about another hour.

Crossing the swinging bridges is a lot of fun; the first traverses the Huon River and the second stretches across the Picton River. The views are wonderful and worth photographing if you can keep steady on the swaying bridges. It’s almost impossible when there are others on the bridge with you.

One of the things I loved about this visit was that we had plenty of time to stop and look at all the details in the forest (and for me to be a bit more creative with my photography). It was great to see the Huon pine, which is quite prominent along the riverbanks and is one of the longest living organisms on earth. Some Huon pine trees are dated at over 2000 years old. We also saw Myrtle, Leatherwood, Stringybark, Sassafras, Hard water fern and Blackwater.

My favourite walk of the day was the short Huon Pine Walk (1.2 km), which skirts the Huon River and then loops back through the forest. It was so picturesque with lots of ferns, vivid green moss on many of the trees and the twisted undergrowth. Sunlight filtered through the canopy and I thought this was the perfect way to end our day.

As we headed back to the Visitor Centre, I took another photograph of the Huon River. The mood had completely changed from the morning, as seen in the pictures below. When we arrived there was a mist hanging throughout the forest, but by mid-afternoon the sun had come out. The forest and blue skies reflected on the surface of the river.

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