Tasmania’s responsible tourism providers are, however, striving to conquer these wild areas of ancient forest with screeches not of ‘Timber!’ but of pure and utter wonder. The most at risk is the Tarkine Rainforest, one of the finest examples of temperate rainforest in the world, dominated by myrtle beech trees with tall, open canopies. These are the key indicators that Tasmania was once part of Gondwanaland, the ancient supercontinent and, at one time, linked Tasmania to similar ecosystems in South America and South Africa. Today you can take a river cruise down the Arthur River in the North or the Pieman River in the south, or go on guided walks with naturalists who are experts in everything from the forests’ famous huon pine to the endemic Tasmanian waratah, famous for its magnificent pinky red flower which blossoms November to February. And which is, conveniently, peak tourist season.