The remote western shores of Australia's largest island contain some of the world's most precious wilderness forests and waterways.
Lashed by weather blown straight from Antarctica, this climate also ensures some of the world's cleanest air and purest rainwater. Water that falls on forests whose trees bear closer relationship to ancient Antarctic fossils than any mainland eucalyptus.
Aboriginals are known to have inhabited this harsh territory for at least 30,000 years.
After explorers like Abel Tasman, Bligh and Cook sent back reports, Europeans arrived in numbers all through the 19th century, setting up penal colonies in the east with prospectors and wood-cutters seeking fortune in the west.
|The spectacular view from Fluted Cape (R Eime)|
The writer, Roderick Eime, has both original and supplied library images.