The Aboriginal sites at Sundown Point, 8 km south of the mouth of
the Arthur River, has been recorded in the National Register as
‘Engravings on 40 separate rock slabs of laminated
mudstone…many have clearly defined motifs…The designs
comprise circles, including concentric and overlapping circles, grooves
or lines of pits sometimes running just inside a rock slab’s
periphery, crosses and other linear motifs… Engraving sites are
very rare in Tasmania, and at least one panel shows the same complexity
as found at Mt Cameron West, further up the coast.’
Preminghana, formerly known as Mt. Cameron West, covers an area of 524
hectares and was declared an Indigenous Protected Area in 1999. Most
noted for the splendid Tasmanian Aboriginal cave etchings, it is a
unique destination for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people alike. The
Preminghana artwork is the finest example of Tasmanian Aboriginal art,
and one of the finest displays of hunter/gatherer art in the world.
Preminghana is also a popular fishing and 4WD spot.
¬ÝTasmania’Äôs largest unprotected wilderness area, the Tarkine hosts the only wilderness landscape dominated by rainforest in Australia. Its rainforests form the largest continuous tract of rainforest in Australia, they being the largest temperate rainforests in Australia. 350,000 hectares in size. it is hugely diverse extending from thundering west coast beaches, through giant sand dunes, across rolling button grass plains, to towering eucalypt forests and into lush temperate rainforests.
Little more than a collection of fishermen’s shacks, Temma
Harbour is one of the most isolated localities in Australia. For around
20 years it was the sea port for the 700 residents of the copper and
tin mining town of Balfour after tin was first found in the area in the
1870s. A horse-drawn wooden tramway connecting the town and port.
Balfour is one of the most mineralized copper districts in Tasmania;
copper workings occur intermittently along a 35km track between the two
The origin of the name Temma Harbour is not known. Mary Hopkin’s
1969 hit song of the same name is not about this locality. Its name did
inspire the song, however, but the songwriter, Philamore Lincoln,
states the name was selected randomly from a map while looking for a
place name that sounded romantic.