Trees and Plants

Discover stunning array of endemic plant species of Tasmania.

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Fagus (Nothofagus Gunnii)
Image thanks to: Tourism Tasmania and Arwen Dyer

Tarkine Forest Adventures - Dismal Swamp
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Swamp Gum
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Tarkine Forest Adventures - Dismal Swamp
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Huon Pine
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Fern forest at Mt. Field National Park, Tasmania, Australia

Pandani

Telopea truncata - Commonly known as the Tasmanian waratah blooms is an evergreen shrub native to Tasmania.

Trees and Plants

Top of Russell Falls Tasmania Australia., Tasmania, Australia

Australia’s sweeping and inhospitable deserts are nearly as harsh as its venomous critters. But Tasmania is an island unto itself with its own ecosystem, flora and fauna. The island state receives the world’s freshest air from the Roaring Forties and plenty of rainfall. This gives rise to the second tallest trees on planet Earth, temperate rainforests and a stunning array of endemic plant species. After all, this breakaway state removed itself from the dry red centre of Australia quite a few  millennia ago.

Huon Pine

Huon Pine, Pieman River - Tasmania, AustraliaThe second tallest tree in the world only grows in the temperate rainforests of southwest Tasmania. In this region of the state, you’ll find the Huon River, the Huon River Valley and the Huon Highway; all named after this majestic tree. It grows incredibly slowly at only one millimetre of girth per year, can live up to 2,500 years and only begins to reproduce at the age of 600 to 800. So, if you encounter a Huon Pine, ask it if it was born in BC. This tree has an incredible sappy perfume from a high oil content, which means the honey gold timber can be bent, sculpted, shaped and worked. It’s also waterproof and its sap repels insects. The tree’s massive size and pliability made the Huon Pine prized timber for the shipbuilders of yesteryear. As a result, it has almost been timbered to extinction. But conservation efforts started in the early 20th century ensuring that this majestic Tasmanian tree has a bright future. Image thanks toTourism Tasmania and Rob Burnett.

Deciduous Beech (Fagus)

Fagus (Nothofagus Gunnii), Mt Murchison - Tasmania, AustraliaHead on up to the high reaches of Tasmania to find the Deciduous Beech. It’s the country’s only cold-climate deciduous tree and it only grows in Tasmania. It’s not a very tall tree standing at two metres or less. In fact, while hiking glacial lakes in Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, you might mistake this endemic tree as a bush. But don’t attempt to walk through it. You’ll be caught up in twisted and tough branches which earned it the nickname “tanglefoot”. People all over Australia flock to the highlands of Tasmania in autumn to watch this endemic tree change from oxidized red to shimmering gold. This colorful transformation usually takes place in late April and early May. Image thanks to Tourism Tasmania and Arwen Dyer.

Pandani

This ancient plant is a relic of the Gondwana supercontinent. It is a robust tree that looks like a fireworks explosion of grass. You can find this gorgeous shrub in the central, west and southwest of Tasmania. Growing from 2 to 12 metres in height, it features one stem with a burst of strap-like leaves at the top. This grass plant, a favourite among nature lovers and hikers, comes to life with white or pink inflorescence which can grow to 25 centimetres long

Interesting Facts

The World’s Oldest Living Plant
Tasmania is home to King’s Holly, a plant believed to be at least 43,000 years old. Discovered in 1937 by Tasmanian Explorer Denny King, this ancient plant sits in a cluster of Lomatia Tasmanica in a hidden location in southern Tasmania. There are fewer than 500 of these endemic plants at the secret location which is surrounded by a bad case of root rot and threatens the ancient endemic flora. Unfortunately, conservation efforts are not going well. A breeding program started in 2004 at Tasmania’s Royal Botanical Gardens where 50 planted pots were to ensure the wild population of King’s Holly. Less than half have taken. This ancient plant has three sets of chromosomes instead of two. It drops branches which root to create a genetically identical plant without fruit or seed.

The World’s Tallest Flowering PlantSwamp Gum - Tasmania, Australia
Often called mountain ash or swamp gum, the eucalyptus regnans is the world’s tallest flowering plant. You can find them in the Styx Valley 100 kilometres northwest of Hobart. These massive plants grow to 100 metres or more, with the tallest living eucalyptus regnans in the Styx Valley currently standing at 99.6 metres. It rivals the California Redwood as one of the tallest trees on planet Earth. However, the California Redwood takes thousands of years to grow to potential height while a eucalyptus regnan takes only 300 years. Take the eucalyptus regnan challenge by driving to the Styx Valley to take a picture that captures this tree’s dramatic height. Image thanks to Tourism Australia & Graham Freeman.

The World’s Second Tallest Tree
Tahune Airwalk, Tasmania, Australia
The tallest tree in the world is a Redwood Sequoia on California’s coast, but the second tallest tree in the world is in Tasmania. This giant swamp gum stands at a towering 101 metres, just 14 metres short of the record holding California Redwood Sequoia. The forresters who found the tree named it Centurion after a commander of a century (100 soldiers) in the ancient Roman army. This magnificent plant is the world’s tallest hardwood, eucalyptus and flowering tree, and lives just 5 kilometres from Tasmania’s popular Tahune Airwalk. Image thanks to Tourism Tasmania & Garry Moore.

Where To See These Trees

The Huon Pine can only be seen in the temperate rain forests of southwest Tasmania. You might run into some at Hartz Mountains National Park and Southwest National Park. The low-lying Deciduous Beech can be seen in the highlands of Tasmania in places like Cradle Mountain-St Clair National Park. And you’ll find the eucalyptus regnans in the Styx Valley 100 kilometres northwest of Hobart. But you can see plenty of towering trees at the Tahune Airwalk where you can visit the nearby Centurion.

Conservation of Trees in Tasmania

Trees are the lungs of the land and Tasmania is committed to protecting its vital plants, but that wasn’t always the case. Take a drive to the scenic Queenstown where you can see the devastating effects of copper smelting and unregulated timbering. Tasmania experienced an economic boom exploiting its minerals, pliable Huon Pines and other trees, and it left Queenstown surrounded by a moonscape of baron hills and mountains. Now the country is committed to protecting its vital natural resources.

Some of the protections are specific. The Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act of 1999 and the Tasmanian Forestry Agreement of 2013 layout precise protections for each endemic plant. Other protections include the boundaries of national parks which are plenty on the Tasmanian island. And artists and photographers are always flocking to these majestic plants to draw attention to their conservation.

What to do

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Tahune Air Walk

TAHUNE AIR WALK TOUR ITINERARY INCLUSIONS

  • Tasmanian Tour Guide
  • Pick up from your accommodation at 9:00am
  • Complimentary bottled water
  • Sandy Bay & Taroona
  • Huon Valley – Geeveston – Tahune Air Walk
  • Entry Fee to Tahune Air Walk 
  • Lunch can be purchased from the Tahune Cafe
  • Huon River & Huon Valley
  • Willie Smiths Paddle of 4 Small Ciders
  • Drop off back to your accommodation at approximately 4:00pm

LUXURY HONDA ODYSSEY 2 TO 6 PASSENGERS 

Duration: 7 hours approx


SANDY BAY & TAROONA

We travel through one of Hobart’s prestigious suburbs of Sandy Bay, hosting waterfront views of the river Derwent and interesting harbour sights, the University of Tasmania and the well known Wrest Point Casino, Sandy Bay Beach to take in the perspective of one of Hobart’s beautiful southern suburbs, with it’s fresh sea air 

HUON VALLEY – GEEVESTON – TAHUNE AIR WALK

We drive from Kingston over the mountain into the Huon Valley, breathtaking views drinking to the town ship of Huonville. We then travel down the Huon River to Geeveston and take the back roads to Tahune Air walk.

TAHUNE AIR WALK

We spend approx 1 hours walking the airwalk averages heights between 20-30metres above the forest floor, with the very last section, the cantilever, sitting at a height of 50 metres above the river and is where you will get the best views.On the way up to the airwalk you will encounter 112 gradual concrete steps with places to sit and rest.

HUON VALLEY – WILLIE SMITHS 

Willie Smiths farm went organic in 1997, thanks to the innovation of current orchardist, Andrew Smith. It was very a bold move, transforming the orchard to organic. The Shed as its known its a great place to try a paddle of 4 small organic Ciders with locals and travellers alike


HUON VALLEY – HOBART

After experiencing Willie Smiths we travel over the mountains to Hobart arriving back at 4:00pm approx 

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Russell Falls - Bonorong - Salmon Ponds Tour

MORNING TEA - Salmon Ponds Cafe Lunch - AND... Salamanca - Mt Wellington - Battery Point - Plenty - Salmon Ponds - Russell Falls Mt Field National Park - Bush Inn at New Norfolk, Home to your accommodation

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Mt Field, Salmon Ponds and Tasmanian Devils Day Tour

New Norfolk

Mt Field, Salmon Ponds, Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary

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Mount Field National Park Wildlife and Nature Day Trip

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Cradle Mountain Day tour

Cradle Mountain - Lake St Clair National Park

Explore Mother Nature at its very finest at spectacular world heritage listed Cradle Mountain. Finish the day sampling local award winning produce and wines.

AU$150

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Private Huon Valley and Tahune Adventures Day Tour

Huon Valley and Airwalk day tour

Take a private personalised tour to the Huon Valley and Tahune Adventres Tasmania - including the Airwalk

AU$170

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Bay of Fires and Mt William National Park 4 day walking holiday

Bay of Fires - Mt William National Park

Famous for its crystal-clear waters, white sandy beaches and orange lichen-covered granite boulders, the Bay of Fires is one of Tasmania's most popular conservation reserves. Enjoy amazing walking and excellent meals with Park Trek.

AU$1850

4 Day Walking Holiday

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Freycinet National Park Navigator - Half Day

Freycinet National Park

Looking to explore Freycinet and the surrounding areas, but don’t have a whole day spare? This tour promises a thorough introduction to the region as your local guide takes you to white sandy beaches & breathtaking Scenery.

AU$160

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Freycinet National Park Pioneer - Full Day

Freycinet National Park

Explore the pure white beaches, azure bays and unique wildlife as our local tour guide pilots you around the picturesque Tasmanian coast. Soak up the stunning views from the comfort of our purpose-built 4x4 and sample authentic Tasmania.

AU$250

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2 Day - Cradle Mountain & Lake St Clair camp fire tour

Want to discover the best of the famous Cradle Mountain and Lake St Clair? Over 2 Days we explore the park by foot with an option for many other activities such a canoeing on the lake, canyoning the spectacular rivers or scenic cruises

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Where to Stay

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Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge

Cradle Mountain - North West

This family-friendly Cradle Mountain hotel is located on a lake, just steps from Enchanted Nature Walk and Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre. Devils at Cradle is 0.9 km away.
Along with 2 restaurants, this smoke-free hotel has a full-service spa and a bar/lounge. Free full breakfast, free WiFi in public areas, and free self parking are also provided. Additionally, a coffee shop/café, a spa tub, and a sauna are onsite.
All rooms are individually decorated and offer minibars and hair dryers. Guests can enjoy fireplaces, and other standard amenities include sitting areas, refrigerators, and premium bedding.

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  • Picnic area
  • Bar/lounge
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  • Full-service spa
  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Free breakfast
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  • Free self parking
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The National Park Hotel & Pub

National Park - Central Highlands

Situated in a national park, this inn is close to Mount Field National Park and Russell Falls. Regional attractions also include Junee Caves and Mount Mawson.

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Hamlet Downs Country Accommodation

Fentonbury - Hobart

Situated in a rural location, this hotel is 11.6 km from Mount Field National Park and within 25 km of Something Wild and Junee Caves. Salmon Ponds Heritage Hatchery and Gardens and St Peters Church are also within 32 km.

Star rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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Saffire Freycinet

Coles Bay - Freycinet Peninsula

Situated near the bay, this luxury hotel is 4.2 km from Freycinet National Park and within 10 km of Freycinet Marine Farm and Wineglass Bay. Coles Bay is 7.6 km away.

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Freycinet Lodge

Freycinet - Freycinet Peninsula

Situated near the bay, this hotel is 2.8 km from Freycinet National Park and within 15 km of Wineglass Bay and Freycinet Marine Farm.

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Cambridge House

Geeveston - South

Situated on a river, this bed & breakfast is 0.4 km from Forest & Heritage Centre and 15.3 km from Wooden Boat Centre. St. Imre Vineyard and Port Esperance are also within 25 km.

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Port Huon Cottages

Port Huon - South

Situated near the bay, this cottage is 4.5 km from Forest & Heritage Centre and within 20 km of Wooden Boat Centre and Picton River.

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Linda Cottage Port Huon

Port Huon - South

Situated in Port Huon, this cottage is close to Forest & Heritage Centre. Area attractions also include Wooden Boat Centre. A spa tub, coffee/tea in a common area, and a microwave in a common area are available at this cottage.

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