Fire in the forest

Visitors to the less trekked parts of Tasmania’s southwest may find themselves confronted by a ghostly reminder of the power of human agency. Thousands upon thousands of deathly white monuments to a former verdant grandeur await these unwitting explorers. A stark reality that is a far cry from the visions of primordial splendour plastered on the walls of tourist offices and emblazoned on billboards in Australia’s major cities. An advertising strategy designed to lure nature lovers to this promised land.

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