Styx Valley - Tasmania's Valley of the Giants



Comments (8)
  • Kerry says:


    I think if you check the official figures, forestry is hardly an “an important driver of Tasmania’s economy”. It sits far behind tourism and other industries and has in fact been the beneficiary of substantial and ongoing subsidies from the taxpayers.

    This perception is probably a result of the high profile forestry vs conservation fights over many years. Just saying 🙂

    Thanks for the article – it certainly is a splendiferous valley.

  • Luke says:

    I run photography workshops in the Styx Valley, it is a truly wonderful place to take your time and explore

  • Cass says:

    I am at the Wilderness Society stall every Saturday. So glad our map helped. Over September and October we have re-tagged the tracks and put up more signage. We have just this week printed a new more detailed version of the map and developed a Learning Guide for all the walks. Launching everything in the Styx this Sunday at a family friendly event – see today’s newspaper article.

  • Eleni says:

    Thank you for your article. I wish that I had read it before going there yesterday. As you say, it was not easy to find the Tolkien track. No road signs, no track signs. I got as far as the Big Tree Reserve and the Wild rivers walk where I spent a glorious few hours doing some watercolour painting. But in my attempt to push on and find the Tolkein track, I was not really sure that I had found it as everything was so overgrown. I will have to try and get back there again

  • Peter says:

    What a wonderfully well written article. I happen to chance this after our visit yesterday to the Styx valley.
    We were fortunate enough to have walked the Tolkien track and it is exactly as you have said. Majestic and very special. We found out about this through our hosts at our accommodation. I’ve always been fascinated by our old growth forests more specifically the giant mountain ashes (swamp gums). Having spent a lot of time in the otways in Victoria I was thrilled to see some very special specimens on the Tolkien walk.
    Yes the walk is difficult to find though I believe now there is a small sign next to the ribbon stating the entrance to the walk. The path is a little overgrown but that just adds to aura of the place. The path is clearly marked with ribbons so it’s easy to follow.
    I strongly recommend this walk. I’m also thrilled that it’s protected. Hopefully on time more of this wonderful wilderness falls under protection.

  • MPaul says:

    Love looking at large trees, including the towering gum trees, coastal redwoods, etc. but also the coastal Douglas Fir of the PNW. Historical era douglas firs [i.e. the Mineral WA df ]were measured near, at or even taller than ‘Hyperion’ the currently tallest know coastal redwood in CA.