Natural and Cultural Heritage
From the hidden valley of Jackeys Marsh walk in ancient forests and experience dramatic wilderness landscapes
The bio-diversity of the forests of the Great Western Tiers is rich and varied.
Jackeys Marsh, lying in the centre of the Tiers and being an enclosed valley, has examples of many of the forest species of both western and eastern Tasmania including rainforest.
Above 800m altitude the vegetation becomes alpine.
Almost all Tasmania's bird and animal species live in the forests or on the edge of the agricultural lands within the valley.
In a two day visit to Forest Walks Lodge you may be lucky enough to see a wombat, an echidna and wedge-tailed eagles. You will definately see
robins, wrens, rosellas, wallabies and possums.
The landscapes of Jackeys Marsh are reminiscent of the 19th century, unspoilt by modern technology or extensive agriculture.
Without powerlines and bitumen the rural bush landscape reminds one of the scenes painted by McCubbin in the early part of the 20th century.
A stay at Forest Walks Lodge is like a journey back in time to a simpler age with all the comforts of the modern era.
The human settlement of the valley is also interesting. A route to the Central Plateau World Heritage Area was used by the first people over 4000 years ago.
Irish settlers grew potatoes and harvested timber in the first half of the 19th century then walked off the land during the great depression.
The valley was finally resettled by alteernative lifestylers during the 1980's.
Special environmental walks and workshops are held on a seasonal basis. These are led by qualified people with a specialised interest in some aspect of the environment.
If you would like to request a workshop or bring a group for an interpretive experience please contact us. We will find a qualified guide to meet your requirements.
Topics in include
- native birds and their habitat
- fungi of the forest
- geomorphology of the Great Western Tiers
- forests from Pangea to Gondwana
School groups are welcome. Camping may be available on request for larger groups. Smaller groups can be accommodated in shared accommodation.