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Amazing Australian Trees and Where to Find Them

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Australia is home to many trees. Some are quite common, but some trees cannot be found anywhere else. Australia also has some trees that have become well known for their history, and are great Australian icons in their own right.

Here we go through some of Australia’s most significant trees.

The Boab Prison Tree

Just south of Derby in Western Australia is a hollowed out tree called the Boab Prison Tree. It is alleged that it was used as a lock up for Indigenous Australian prisoners on their way to Derby for sentencing in the 1890’s.

Cazneaux’s Tree

This tree is found near Wilpena Pound in South Australia. It is named after the famous photographer  Harold Cazneaux, who photographed it in 1937. This photograph earned international acclaim, and has become an important local landmark with many people photographing and painting it.

The Herbig Tree

Johann Friedrich Herbig arrived from Germany in 1855, and managed to find employment and lease some land to live on. To save some money, a tree on his land in Springton, South Australia was suitable enough to live in, which he did so for quite some time. His new wife Anna Caroline Rattey moved in with Johann, where they started a family. The two of them – along with two of their sixteen children – lived in the tree until it became too small and they built a home.

Canoe Tree

When Aboriginals built tools, implements and weapons, wood and bark were used to create them. This removal of wood and bark would scar the tree and branches for many years. The Canoe Tree has a scar which runs five metres long, so it is presumed a vessel like a canoe was built with this length of wood. The tree can be found in between Strathalbyn and Goolwa, South Australia.

King Tree near Orroroo

This tree is one of the oldest trees in Australia, and is thought to be over 400 years old. With a base circumference of a little over 11 metres, this giant red gum tree stands at 36.5 metres tall. It grows in the Wirrabara Forest in South Australia.

Diamond Tree

This is a giant Karri tree which can be found south of Manjimup in Western Australia. This particular tree features a wooden viewing platform, which was built in 1939 to be used as a fire lookout. It is the oldest lookout still being used today, scaling a height of 51 metres tall.

El Grande

El Grande was Australia’s largest tree, situated in Tasmania, approximately 100 kilometres from Hobart. It stood 79 metres tall and the world’s biggest flowering tree. However, in 2003 it caught fire during a burn-off operation in the area. The tree was approximately 350 years old.

The Lone Gum

Within the Simpson Desert in South Australia, a lonely Coolabah tree can be found. The mystery lies in how it grew here, and how it has survived many years. This particular species is normally found in clay-like soil near waterways, so its survival in the Desert has been questionable. Fencing has been erected around it to stop cars driving too closely, in order to protect the root system from disruption.

Gloucester Tree

Another famous Karri tree of Australia is Gloucester Tree, found in Gloucester National Park in Western Australia. Just like the Diamond Tree, it features a lookout cabin, which was previously made of wood and used as a fire lookout. Now constructed of steel and aluminium, it is used as a visitors gallery and lookout. The tree is 72 metres tall and is the world’s second tallest fire-lookout tree.

Curtain Fig Tree

A Strangler Fig tree near Yungaburra, Queensland is known as the Curtain Fig Tree due to the nature and looks of it’s root system. The roots drop 15 m towards the ground, appearing like a large curtain. The Curtain Fig Tree is one of the largest trees in Northern Queensland.

The Grandis

The Grandis is a Flooded Gum tree, and is widely known as the tallest tree in New South Wales. Also believed to be the oldest in the state at around 400 years old, this tree can be found west of Bulahdelah. Standing at 76.2 metres high, The Grandis is a tree of great magnificence and beauty.

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