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Published February 1st 2019
A home in the wilderness
Cruising into Savage River, a shipwreck becomes visible through the rust coloured water. This is not just any shipwreck, this is the wreckage of the S.S. Croydon, a steamship which has been residing in this river since 1919. This wreck is also known as Australia's most inland shipwreck.
Wilderness surrounds us. There is no sign of human life, except for four kayaks tied up to the wharf. It is hard to believe that this was once a bustling port.
Savage River is located on the wild west Tasmanian coast and can be accessed via Corinna. Located 345 kms from Hobart and 270 kms from Launceston, Corinna is a unique wilderness experience.
Corinna is stunning, set amongst the pristine Tarkine rainforest and along the banks of the Pieman River. This remote mining town has survived and is now home to a range of accommodation, delicious tucker and wilderness activities.
The grade four, Mt Donaldson track is the longest walk, taking approximately 8 hours to complete.
Cruising the Pieman River is the ideal way to reach remoter locations in the region. Two cruises are available.
The Arcadia II is a beautiful boat made out of Huon Pine and departs Corinna at 10am and returns at 2.30pm. This boat has a colourful history, once operating in Papua New Guinea and also as the Gordon River Cruise boat in Strahan.
The Tannin Restaurant is located in the Tarkine Restaurant and is popular, so bookings are recommended.
How to get to Corinna
Corinna is remote and the drive is part of the fun. The landscape is picturesque and must be experienced.
From the south, Corinna can be accessed by the "Fatman" barge which crosses the Pieman River. This unique barge is Tasmania's only cable driven vehicular barge. The crossing takes approximately 10 minutes.