One of the Tarkine’s most outstanding landscape features are its mountain ranges, with the Norfolk Range and the Meredith range providing the two dominant ranges in the Tarkine region.
The Norfolk range rises spectacularly out of the Tarkine’s coastal heathland, dominating the landscape in the western Tarkine – with the creeks and rivers running off each side of the Norfolk range breaking up the expansive heathlands and buttongrass plains. This region is blanketed in a tapestry of heath and buttongrass moorland, pockets of forest types at differing stages of succession, and gorge-like drainage lines.
In the South of the Tarkine, the Meredith range, a granite mountain range, dominates the landscapes, with thick rainforests running off the gullies and slopes of the mountain range. The Meredith Range is an undulating granite plateau that comprises the largest area of exposed Granite in Western Tasmania. The geology of the granite range includes unique drainage formations off the range – with the result being peculiar and spectacular drainage patterns.
The Meredith and the Norfolk Ranges, especially on a clear day, offer spectacular 360 degree views of the Tarkine coast, across the vast rainforests of the Tarkine, south to Mt Heemskirk and Mt Zeehan, and inland to the mountains of the Cradle-Mountain National Park and World Heritage area.