National Heritage Assessment
Australian Heritage Council
The names of individual assessors and nominators have been removed for privacy reasons
About this assessment
The Australian Heritage Council found the Tarkine in north-west Tasmania of outstanding national heritage significance.
The Tarkine is a beautiful remote part of Tasmania which supports Australia’s largest tract of cool temperate rainforest. Landscapes within the area range from wild windswept beaches to extensive buttongrass plains with stunning vistas to impressive rainforests.
The Council found that the rainforests are important for their flora, which has links to the ancient continent of Gondwana, and their lichens and fossils, which help tell the story of Australia’s ancient flora and its evolution. The Tarkine also contains rare magnesite karst systems. Dotted along the coastline are the remains of numerous hut depressions found in Aboriginal shell middens. The huts and middens are the remnants of an unusual and specialised Aboriginal way of life based on the hunting of seals and land mammals, and the gathering of shellfish.
The Council's final assessment report to the Minister is attached.
In some cases the Minister will have made amendments to such matters as boundaries, names, values and descriptions, before listing the place. For final listed data, with corrections to any typographical errors, visit the Australian Heritage Database or the National Heritage Listing for the Western Tasmania Aboriginal Cultural Landscape site.