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Places to See Tasmanian Plants - Northwest & West Locations

Northwest 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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Rocky Cape National Park

Floral displays are best viewed during spring, either from road-heads or along marked bushwalking tracks. The only Tasmanian occurrence of Banksia serrata is at the eastern end of this national park. Rocky Cape National Park is also excellent for orchids.

Download a plant list for Rocky Cape NP

Dial Range Forest Reserve, south of Penguin

A network of tracks takes the visitor through wooded communities from open dry sclerophyll to wet sclerophyll. Obtain information from the Visitor Centres in Ulverstone or Penguin.

Download a plant list for the Dial Range

Leven Canyon Regional Reserve, south of Ulverstone

The short walk to the spectacular lookout leads through typical north west forest. From the lookout a stepped track provides a round-trip through other communities.
The drive to the Leven Canyon is well signposted from Ulverstone
NOTE: The Penguin-Cradle Trail passes through the Dial Range and by the Leven Canyon on its way to Cradle Mountain.

A route guide is available in Cradle Mountain Lake St Clair and Walls of Jerusalem National Parks by John Chapman et al., published by John Chapman, or on the website of North West Walking Club, www.nwwc.org.au.

Download a plant list for Leven Canyon Regional Reserve.

Kelcey Tier, south of Devonport

This small area displays dry sclerophyll communities. A walking track leads from a car park along Durkins Road, Spreyton.

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Winterbrook Falls Track, under Black Bluff, south of Ulverstone

A hardened track follows an old timber-getting tramway through wet sclerophyll forest into temperate rainforest. Tasmanian endemic species that can be found include Celery Top Pine, Phyllocladus aspleniifolius, Trochocarpa gunnii and Native Laurel, Anopterus glandulosus. This area is the northern limit of King Billy Pine, Athrotaxis selaginoides; young specimens grow along the initial section of the track
and mature trees are found as the track rises towards Winterbrook Falls. From Ulverstone, follow B15 to Nietta, turn right onto Smiths Plains Road. Follow this until there is a Y-intersection with the sign ‘Winterbrook Falls via Tramway’. The track starts at the right-hand corner of the car park.

Henry Somerset Reserve, along Railton Road (B13) out of Latrobe

This is one of the best places to find terrestrial orchids during spring.

Cradle Mountain

As well as spectacular scenery, this area displays many of Tasmania’s iconic plants. Check the identikit Exploring the Flora of Cradle Mountain Day Walk Areas for an outline of the many communities to see and a help towards identifying many of the species to be found around Cradle Mountain.

Download a plant list for Cradle Mt/Lake St. Clair area.

Devils Gullet and Lake McKenzie

The road to Devils Gullet provides the visitor with one of the few opportunities to drive to alpine communities with Tasmanian endemic species such as Mountain Rocket, Bellendena montana, and cushion plants, mainly the daisies Abrotanella forsterioides and Pterygopappus lawrencei: the cushion plants are not to be walked on.
For several kilometres, the approach road climbs through groves of Prostanthera lasianthos and Bedfordia salicina. In early summer, these plants put on mass displays of white-and-lilac and yellow respectively.

The Tarkine

The western section of Tasmania, roughly bounded by the coast, Arthur River, the Murchison Highway and the Pieman River contains a range of communities from coastal sand-dunes and coastal heathland through button grass moorland to dry and wet sclerophyll forest and rainforest. Most of these typifying Tasmanian communities can be accessed by roads; round trips can be planned. Recommended roads are C214 between Arthur River and Couta Rocks for coastal communities. Between Couta Rocks and Edith Creek, C214 passes through west coast heathland and several forested communities. The small shrub Epacris curtisiae occurs only in this area and can be seen flowering in spring, often in roadside gutters.

The Western Explorer, C249 heads south from C214 to Corinna. Large sections of this road were affected by summer fires some years ago but many delights can still be found, including leatherwood Eucryphia lucida. Short walks around Corinna take you to old twisted Huon Pines, Lagarostrobos franklinii: this is the northern limit for this species.
When the Tayatea Bridge over the Arthur River, the drive from Kununnah Bridge along Rapid River Road and C218 to take in Julius River, Lake Chisholm and Milkshakes Forest Reserves passes through rainforests and sclerophyll forests. All these reserves abound in ferns, from Soft Tree Fern, Dicksonia antarctica, to the delicate filmy ferns such as Hymenophyllum flabellatum.
Look for terrestrial orchids in Black Bull Scrub north of Arthur River on C214 and wet grassy flats south of Arthur River. Gunn’s Tree Orchid, Sarcochilus australis, may be found in sheltered spots among wet forest communities, particularly on the bark of trees such as dogwood, Pomaderris apetala.

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Bird River Walking Track

The most atmospheric walk in temperate rainforest is along the Bird River walking track that follows an old railway formation that once took ore to Kelly Basin on Macquarie Harbour. Climbing Heath, Prionotes cerinthoides, grows near the car park. The track then enters mature rainforest and follows then tannin-rich Bird River as it flows between moss-covered quartzite boulders.
Head south out of Queenstown to the Mt Jukes Road which drops down onto the road that was once the railway. The road passes through excellent heathland and provides excellent views of Frenchmans Cap.

Other North West Flora Locations