I have had the most wonderful time enjoying nature’s West Coast rainforest garden. I was over on the coast for three days meeting constituents and took the opportunity to go out to the World Heritage Area near Mt Jukes. The forest is dense, lush, wet, green and relatively undisturbed.
Every shade of green from the rushes to the ferns and trees is on show occasionally interspersed with flashes of colour from funghi and lichens to the flowering leatherwoods.
The tannin coloured creeks and riversrush through the landscape.It reminded me just weeks after opening the Tasmanian Bushland Garden featuring the plant communities of the East Coast how awe inspiring our flora really is and what variety can be explored in Tasmania from east to west in a relatively short time and distance.
I have the rushes in my own garden and a couple of tree ferns but they are very poor cousins to the grandeur of the wild.
In Queenstown itself, nature is gradually regaining a foothold on the hills and the idea of using herbicides to maintain the lunar landscape, favoured by some during the 1990s seems to have been abandoned.