Sorrel on the AirWalk.
Finding out about the AirWalk.
The suspension of the AirWalk.
Sorrel tackles Tasmania's amazing air walk taking bushwalking to brave new heights.
Tasmanians are proud of the fact that their state is 40 percent covered with forests. Many are protected by World Heritage Areas, national parks and other reserves. A large proportion is managed by Forestry Tasmania as state forests, and are not national parks. This means activities not permitted in national parks, such as horseriding, mountain biking, walking your dog, camping, fishing and lighting a fire, are allowed in a state forest.
A new attraction, developed by Forestry Tasmania, is the Tahune Forest Reserve AirWalk. It varies between 25 and 45 metres in height and is more than half a kilometre long. It makes its way through the superb forest canopy, giving visitors a unique way of viewing their surroundings.
The beginning and end of the AirWalk were built by the Franklin wooden boat building school, replicating the boat building tradition of the Huon. The rest of the AirWalk is made from Tasmanian Oak.
Along the way is a cantilever, rather like a diving board protruding from the walk. It is 24 metres long and from this, visitors can see the confluence of the Huon and Picton Rivers, the vastness of the surrounding forest, Pear Hill and Mt Picton. To the left is Loop Hill, which forms the northern region of the Hartz Mountains.
The Tahune Forest Reserve covers 357 hectares thick with wet eucalypt, myrtle, sassafras, blackwood, celery top pine, leatherwood, dogwood, native laurel, Huon pine and stringy barks towering more than 60 metres.
Birds are plentiful and you will see finches, blue wrens, black cockatoos, rosellas and currawongs. It is home to wallabies, potaroos, wombats, Tasmanian devils and possums, but as they are nocturnal, you will probably not see them.
Serviced and non-serviced camping sites and car parks for coaches and caravans have been established, centrally located as a hub from which visitors can experience everything the area has to offer.
The AirWalk Visitors Centre serves fine food, wines and other products from local areas.