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Places to See Tasmanian Plants - Northern Locations

Northern Locations Map

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Plant lists

These lists, predominantly of vascular plants, are based largely on identification in the field by members of Australian Plants Society Tasmania Inc. and Burnie Field Naturalists Club. The keeping of the lists was started around 1970. Some lists incorporate published lists prepared by professional botanists; these have been recognised in the individual lists.

All plant names have been checked against A Census of the Vascular Plants of Tasmania by ML Baker & MF de Salas, published by the Tasmanian Herbarium, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart, 2012 edition, available on the Herbarium website.
Abbreviations used in the lists are:
  • i: introduced in Tasmania (some list-makers have not recorded introduced taxa).
  • e: endemic to Tasmania, i.e., grows naturally only in Tasmania.
  • t: only occurs in Tasmania within Australia, but grows naturally in other countries, e.g., New Zealand.

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Punchbowl Reserve, Launceston

Always a good place to look for native flowers in a dry sclerophyll bushland remnant. Park in the upper car park (Norwood end of Reserve) and walk up hill along the various tracks, both the made and informal tracks. Most years from September to December a succession of species will be flowering, including orchids, lilies of various species and, in December, Brunonia australis.

Download a plant list for Punchbowl Reserve

Ben Lomond, Ben Nevis and Quamby Bluff

Ben Lomond, Ben Nevis and Quamby Bluff are fantastic places to see Tasmania's alpine flora. These all require a high level of fitness because they all involve climbs of a few hundred metres on bush tracks. An equally beautiful place with a huge range of species and easy to access by car, is the area near the ski village at Ben Lomond National Park.

Park at the ski village and walk in any direction. The walking is easy but much of it is on boulder-strewn ground and some of it is on hillsides. To drive to Ben Lomond, from Launceston follow the C401 road south east through White Hills then east toward Upper Blessington, turning south on the C432 about 5km before Upper Blessington. Ben Nevis is accessed to the north east through Upper Blessington. Quamby Bluff is accessed on the A5 Great Lake Road south from Deloraine through Golden Valley.

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Mt Victoria

This is an excellent place to see the best display of Bellendena montana, Mountain rocket, a Tasmanian endemic; beautiful white flowers in spring and fantastic red pods in autumn. Also in abundance are lots of other magnificent plants including the endemic Telopea truncata, Tasmanian waratah. From Launceston drive north east to Scottsdale then east toward Branxholm. Turn south on the C423 to Ringarooma and continue onto a gravel road to Ralphs Falls. After visiting the area, continue eastward to St Columba Falls and Pyengana. Click here for more information

Cheltenham Reserve, Prospect Vale

Drive west along Country Club Avenue towards the Casino until the golf course is on the left. At this point a concrete “driveway” is visible across the road on the right leading into ‘Cheltenham Reserve’, a bush block (surrounded by houses). This ‘Reserve’ was selected by the Education Department as the site of a school but it was never built and now the Department would like to get rid of the site. 
However, the local Council and Parks and Wildlife Service have both declined to take it over.  This is a magnificent place to see flowers most years with a good selection of lilies, orchids, shrubs and herbs.

Download Cheltenham Reserve Plant List.

Tom Gibson Reserve

Drive south from Launceston to Epping Forest and turn right (in the township) onto Barton Rd . Drive west for about 3.6 km and on the right a bush block surrounded by a fence is visible. It has a locked gate with the diamond shaped sign for “Private Forest Reserve” on it. This is a wonderful place to see dry woodland plants which were once widespread over the Midlands.

Download Tom Gibson Reserve Plant List.

Diprose Lagoon Reserve

Drive south from Launceston to Cleveland and at the northern outskirts of the settlement turn west (right) along the gravel road, crossing the railway line and parking immediately thereafter. On the northern side of the road there is a gate and with pedestrian right of way over the paddock, walking north parallel with the railway line. Go through the next gate into the reserve. There is a lagoon in the western part of the reserve. The flora in this reserve includes some rare plants, including Glycine latrobeana.

Download a plant list for Diprose Lagoon Reserve.

Campbelltown Golf Club

This is, surprisingly, a wonderful place for flowers, especially orchids. The “rough” here contains many orchid species including some found only in a few places in the midlands. Many other beautiful plants are also to be found. The golf club has an arrangement with DPIPWE to manage the “roughs” to protect the native plants. It is courteous to ask permission before wandering onto the course.

Tunbridge Township Lagoon

This very unprepossessing site, east of the town, and adjacent to the town’s garbage tip. It includes a salt lagoon with its own interesting flora and the hillside to the west of the lagoon boasts some rare and interesting species. This is a harsh grassland environment and a very interesting place to visit..

Lobster Falls

Just north of Mole Creek to the west of the road is the track to these falls. After a rather unpromising start through an area of gorse and other introduced species, the walk is beautiful, and the flora includes a number of interesting species.

Narawntupu National Park

What used to be the Asbestos Range NP warrants visits from west and east. The heathland between Badger Head and Copper Cove is fantastic both for its views and flora. Park at Badger Head and walk westward along the well marked trail (with the coastline on the right) towards Copper Cove. At the western entrance to this national park, leave vehicles near the rangers’ station and take any of the trails from there. The walk to Archers Knob is very worthwhile, as are many other walks. This part of the park is particularly good for spotting kangaroos and wombats which graze or laze all over the grassy areas even in daylight.

Download a plant list for Bakers Beach Narawntapu National Park.

Winifred Curtis Reserve

This beautiful reserve is just south of Scamander on the east coast and is identified by signs along the highway and at the reserve itself. It contains a range of habitats, from dry sclerophyll to coastal heathland and wetlands. Walking tracks are flat and well gravelled and the flower display is at its most colourful from about mid September to about late December.

Download a plant list for Winifred Curtis Reserve

The Blue Tier

This delightful sub-alpine area north of St Helens provides a range of habitats including rain forest. There are numerous well-marked tracks providing fairly easy bush-walking and flower spotting. It was a mining area in the early twentieth century so there is a lot of cleared land which has become picturesque sub-alpine meadow. Magnificent displays of Stylidium graminifolium can be seen in some of these grassy areas in January.

Other Northern Flora Locations