Nature’s West Coast Garden

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.

Wilderness near Mt Jukes

Wilderness near Mt Jukes

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.

Delicate leatherwood flowers

Delicate leatherwood flowers

Vibrant funghi

Vibrant funghi

Pandanis on the road to Pillinger

Pandanis on the road to Pillinger

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.

The tannin-coloured Andrew River

The tannin-coloured Andrew River at the boundary of World Heritage Area

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.

My rushes...

My rushes...

...not a patch on nature's garden

...not a patch on nature's garden

Ferns at home in the wild

Ferns at home in 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.

Nature slowly reclaiming Queenstown's lunar landscape

Nature slowly reclaiming Queenstown's lunar landscape

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