Expanding industry across the country’s vast plains may put off visitors seeking unspoilt vistas and nomadic culture.
The ancient forests of the Tarkine in northwestern Tasmania were protected by the Australian government as a site of “national heritage”.
However, that listing has lapsed, and the government seems in no hurry to re-impose it.
At the same time, resources companies are applying to mine the mineral-rich area, something that conservationists say is threatening the environment.
Al Jazeera’s Andrew Thomas reports from Tasmania.