Lake Chisholm Tarkine

Lake Chisholm


Directions - Located just under an hours drive east of Arthur River on the Tarkine Drive, take Temma Road south until you reach Rebecca Road, then turn left. Head inland as Rebecca Road becomes Blackwater Road and take the right turn at Kununnah Bridge to keep going along Sumac Road. Drive until you see the signposted turn-off for Lake Chisholm Road, take this and follow all the way to the end where you will find a small car park. 

The Hike - With a full day of exploring the Tarkine Drive on the cards, the second stop of the tour was at one of the many short walks on the loop, this one being Lake Chisholm. With a visit to the Julius River Walks already under our belt, this would be a continuation of the gentle walking but with a different flavour to it. Instead of walking through the temperature rainforest alongside a small river, we would be walk through temperate rainforest to a large sinkhole that has created a lake. 

It was a short drive from the Julius River car park in the Nissan Cumquat/Qashqai hire car and with no signs of Hal joining us after he got his new tyre fitted in Smithton, we figured he might not make it out here today. Given this was only a short walk and the temperature was quite cool, we didn't bother with carrying backpacks, instead enjoying an unloaded walk through the forest. The big sign telling you this is Lake Chisholm is oddly on the other side of the car park to where you are meant to start so after finding the much smaller trail marker, we headed into the rainforest to see what this trail was all about. Immediately this was an enjoyable experience with the open car park quickly disappearing and a world of large trunks, a sea of ferns and some cool fungi immersing you in some classic Tasmanian scenes. With the sun hidden behind the overcast conditions, the lighting was perfect for capturing the stunning swathes of Hard Water Ferns that line the trail. 


The layout of the trail is pretty straightforward with a gentle descent through the forest leading you to a small loop section that takes you to the edge of Lake Chisholm. The further we ventured into the rainforest, the better it became with some truly stunning trees found right along the trail. Out of all the hikes we did outside of Mount Field National Park, these would have to be the biggest collection of thick boi trees we had seen and even then it would be a close call. With a hike called Lake Chisholm, I was expecting a fairly uneventful trail leading to the main event but most of the enjoyment from this one came from walking to the little loop section. Caris and Candy were well ahead of me at this stage because I was stopping so much to photograph pretty much every tree and fungi I saw. Things were a little quicker as the ferns were super thick and the number of fungi was nowhere near the levels of the Julius River Walks we had done before this walk.