In Australia, every state has its own boasting motto – South Australia’s ‘The Creative State’, Queensland ‘The Sunshine State’ – but in a country blessed with incredible scenery, it’s Tassie that’s ‘The Natural State’. Practically the whole of the western half of Tassie is a protected area, except (controversially) one of its most spectacular regions – the Tarkine. This wildly diverse landscape is home to Australia's largest patch of temperate rainforest, called Gondwanan after the ancient jungle-covered supercontinent. This thick tangle of trees feels like the forest of fantasy. Everything is covered in a layer of moss, the furry carpet dampening noise to give a unique stillness and silence. Listen out though for the sounds of native wildlife – parrot, echidna, bandicoot, quoll and Tasmanian Devil.