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Places to See Tasmanian Plants - Southern Locations

Southern 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, 2015 edition available on the Tasmanian Herbarium website: http://www.tmag.tas.gov.au/collections_and_research/tasmanian_herbarium/tasmanian_herbarium_publications .
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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Wellington Park

From Hobart travel west via Davey Street then Huon Road to Ferntree, turn right onto Pillinger Drive and continue up the Pinnacle Road through wet sclerophyll flora such as Acacia leprosa var. graveolens, Coprosma hirtella, Eucalyptus johnstonii, Nothofagus cunninghamii and Telopea truncata then sub alpine including Cyathodes glauca,  Eucalyptus coccifera, Euphrasia collina,and Lomatia polymorpha
and alpine flora such as Astelia alpine var. alpina, Bellendena montana, Orites acicularis and Ozothamnus ledifolius, to the summit. There are many excellent walking trails from the lower slopes through all the flora areas, many starting from the Springs carpark area.  Refer to TASMAP’s Wellington Park Recreation Map.

Knocklofty Reserve

The Reserve has several entrances through West Hobart, via Mt Stuart Rd in the north, Knocklofty Terrace, Fielding Drive, Poets Rd and Corby Avenue on the East and the main entrance via Goulburn Street then Forest Road to the main carpark. Sandy heath flora, Acacia gunnii, Boronia pilosa, Dillwynia sericea and Stylidium graminifolium among others under Eucalypt pulchella and Acacia dealbata trees are found
on sandstone in the south eastern corner and dry sclerophyll flora such as Acacia stricta, Lomatia tinctoria, Pomaderris pilifera and Pultenaea juniperina growing on dolerite and sandstone in the rest of the Reserve.  Maps at main entrances show the good walking trails and there are many views of Hobart and suburbs. Two loop walks are sign posted. The Summit Loop which starts near the main car park picnic lookout loops around and over the south eastern side of the summit and back again, along fire trails and walking tracks as highlighted.  Refer www.friendsofknocklofty.org for species list and flora photo gallery.

Risdon Brook Reserve

From Hobart, cross the Tasman Bridge then turn north along East Derwent Highway to the Risdonvale roundabout and into the Risdon Brook Reservoir, NE of Hobart. The flora is mainly dry sclerophyll over dolerite with large areas of Ozothamnus scutellifolius and, at the northern end of the reserve Epacris acuminata.  On the sand stone to the east, sandy heath flora including Stylidium graminifolium and Xanthorrhoea australis are found.  There are many good walking tracks.

Meehan Range Nature Recreation Area

From Hobart, cross the Tasman Bridge and continue east along the Tasman Highway to the Cambridge and Richmond turnoff, veer left then left again at the first cross road, Belbins Road to the turning circle at Stringybark Gully entrance to the Reserve.  Several good walking and mountain bike tracks criss-cross the Reserve.  The flora is mainly dry sclerophyll over mudstone and dolerite including good stands of Allocasuarina verticillata and Eucalyptus tenuiramis, occasional Eucalyptus amygdalina and small areas of Daviesia segugata.  The Cross Rivulet gully has a few wet sclerophyll species.

Peter Murrell Reserve

From Hobart travel south on the Southern Outlet to Kingston, then continue on the Channel Highway to the Howden turn off then east for ~1.5km to the carpark and entrance on the northern side of Howden Road.  There are several other entrances to this large Reserve, behind Vodafone via Huntingfield Avenue, from Patriarch Drive, Scarborough Avenue or, off Burwood Drive, all of which have ample parking.
Good tracks meander through sandy heath flora species including Aotus ericoides, Epacris impressa, Gompholobium huegelii and Tetratheca pilosa with some wetlands species including Gymnoschoenus sphaerocephalus.  Many orchid species can be found in spring.

Snug Tiers

From Hobart travel south on the Southern Outlet to Kingston, then continue on the Channel Highway to the southern side of Margate and turn west onto Van Morey Road.  Continue to the end of the road on top of the Tiers.  The last section of road is rough and steep.  The Tiers have been heavily logged over many years but there are still many beautiful patches of wet sclerophyll with large clumps of Bauera rubioides,  Gahnia grandis and Richea dracophylla with occasional Eucalyptus cordata.  Access is mainly via old logging roads, some of which are deeply rutted due to 4WD fanatics.  There is a ‘hard to find’ foot track across to the Pelverata Falls on
the western scarp that bypasses a long section of logging track. 
Alternatively there is access to the Pelverata Falls via Kaoota.  From Hobart travel south on the Southern Outlet to Kingston, and continue south west on the Huon Highway to the Sandfly Road junction and turn east then almost immediately turn south onto the Pelverata Road.   Continue down this road through Kaoota to Pelverata and turn east on Crosswells Rd.  At the end of this road there is a carpark and a sign for Pelverata Falls.  The walk to the falls is through wet sclerophyll and there is a viewing platform for the Falls.  At the top of the rise in the track to the lookout, a cairned track leads up through a boulder field and across to the top of the Falls from where the Snug Tiers area can be explored.

South Bruny National Park

From Hobart travel south on the Southern Outlet to Kingston, and continue south on the Channel Highway to Kettering to catch the Bruny Island ferry.  Once on the Island, travel south across the isthmus on Bruny Island main Road and continue west through to Alonnah then south to Lunawanna.  From there travel west then south on Lighthouse Road to the western area of the dispersed South Bruny National Park. 
Commencing at Jetty Beach, there is an excellent 5 to 6 hour loop walk around the Labillardiere Peninsular or a shorter 90 minute Luggaboine Circuit.  Interesting flora is found on both walks, including Blandfordia punicea, Euphrasia fragosa (threatened species), Melaleuca squarrosa and Sprengelia incarnata.  Many orchids may also be found including Prasophyllum castaneum.  An alternative walk in the National Park is accessed by turning east at Lunawanna, travelling to Cloudy Bay and then walking to East Cloudy Head where the vegetation is similar to Labillardiere Peninsula and the views are spectacular.  Refer TASMAP’s Bruny Island Walks Map and Notes that includes a typical ferry timetable. There are other worthwhile walks on Bruny Island which are listed on the web site www.bica.org.au/brunytrackstrails/Index.html.  For example on the Murrays Track, accessed from Adventure Bay via Lockleys and Resolution Roads or Cuthberts Road, there is a grove of 20m high Melaleuca pallida, while on the Cape Queen Elizabeth Track which starts just NE of the airstrip on north Bruny Island a >12yo white flowering Solanum laciniatum may be found.

Hartz Mountains National Park

From Hobart travel south on the Southern Outlet to Kingston, and continue south west on the Huon Highway through Huonville to Geeveston then turn off onto the Arve Road and continue west through the Southern Forests to Hartz Road.  Turn left and continue south up through tall Eucalyptus obliqua dominated wet sclerophyll species such as Acacia melanoxylon, Atherospermum moschatum, Eucryphia lucida,
and Prionotes cerinthoides to the end of the road to the carpark and Visitor’s Centre.  There are several walks available, don’t forget to register the selected one, most through sub alpine to alpine flora including, Abrotanella forsteroides, Eucryphia milliganii and swathes of Epacris serpyllifolia and Milligania densiflora.  Refer TASMAP’s Hartz Mountains National Park Day Walk Map and Notes.

Mt Field National Park

From Hobart travel north to Bridgewater the west through New Norfolk, Bushy Park and Westerway to National Park the into the Mt Field National Park.  After registering at the Visitor’s Centre (if not already done), continue up the road through rain forest species such as Anopterus glandulosus, Eucryphia lucida, Nothofagus cunninghamii and Phyllocladus aspleniifolius to Lake Fenton then on to Lake Dobson. 
Many varied walks can be taken from here through sub-alpine flora such as Eucalyptus coccifera, Nothofagus gunnii, Richea pandanifolia and Trochocarpa thymifolia, and then, glorious alpine flora including Acrothamnus montanus, Athrotaxis cupressoides, Boronia citriodora  and Richea scoparia in many colours - white, cream, pink and red.  Refer TASMAP’s Mount Field National Park Map and Notes.

Tasman National Park

From Hobart, travel via the Tasman Highway to Sorell, then east via the Arthur Highway through Dunalley to the Forestier Peninsular and on to the Tasman Peninsular. There are many walking tracks through this dispersed National Park and many flora communities including sandy heath with species such as Astroloma pinifolium, Epacris marginata, Hibbertia procumbens and Tetratheca labillardierei.  In the dry sclerophyll areas species such as Acacia verticillata, A. genistifolia, Eucalyptus amygdalina, and Spyridium obovatum are found.  In the wet sclerophyll, Acacia verticillata, Bedfordia salicina, Olearia argophylla and Pomaderris apetala are found, while in the cloud rain forest

areas, species include Atherosperma moschatum, Dicksonia antarctica, Leptecophylla juniperina subsp. parvifolia and Richea dracophylla.  Refer TASMAP’s Tasman National Park and Associated Reserves map and notes.

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Maria Island National Park

From Hobart travel east on the Tasman Highway to Sorell, then north and east again to Orford on the coast and north again to Triabunna for the Maria Island ferry.  On arrival, register and purchase a Park’s Pass (if not already obtained) at the Commissariat Store.  Some of the Island has been farmed and a cement plant was constructed in the past.  However, there are large areas of sandy heath with species

such as Epacris lanuginosa, Leucopogon collinus, Melaleuca gibbosa and M. squamea, dry sclerophyll where some of the species include Allocasuarina littoralis and A. verticillata, Bulbine bulbosa,and Spyridium obovatum, some wet sclerophyll with species such as Acacia verticillata, Bedfordia salicina, Olearia argophylla and Pomaderris apetala, and, even some cloud rainforest species along the eastern mountains including Anopterus glandulosus, Cyathodes glauca, Coprosma quadrifida and Phyllocladus aspleniifolius.  There are also many orchid species including Caladenia gracilis, Calochilus herbaceous, Diuris sulphurea and Thelymitra pauciflora.  Refer TASMAP’s Maria Island National Park map and notes.

Freycinet National Park

From Hobart travel east on the Tasman Highway to Sorell, then north and east again to Orford on the coast and north again along the coast, through Swansea to the Coles Bay turn off, then south to Coles Bay and through to the Freycinet National Park.  This wonderful area abounds with beautiful

granite flora including Boronia anemonifolia, swathes of Calytrix tetragona, occasional Hakea megadenia and many Hakea lissosperma, Kunzea ambigua and Thryptomene micrantha under Eucalyptus amygdalina canopies. Refer TASMAP’s Freycinet National Park map and notes.

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Three Thumbs State Reserve & Bluff River Gorge