The hardy and adaptable Cyathea australis or Spiky tree fern is found at Tree Fern Gully on the River-Forest section of the circuit. It has roots and hair like follicles on its trunk giving it a rough texture and it is adaptable to a variety of climates and soils. Ferns are also amongst the oldest plants in the world dating back to the Carboniferous period 360 million years ago and the Spiky Tree fern is wholly protected in...
The Native Cherry (Exocarpus cupressiformis) tree is a semi-parasitic plant. It attaches to the roots of the dominant black peppermint eucalypt trees around it. It is an attractive conical shaped tree with bright green dense foliage.
The She-oak ( Allocasuarina littoralis ) ‘closed’ forests are remarkably quiet. It is the most drought resistant tree in Tasmania. The needle like foliage is a dull dark grey. The fallen needles create a soft cushioning mat. The nut of the she-oak is also an important cultural resource for the Aboriginal people.
Starting at Main Street the first part of the walk is along an elevated rock path on tidal flat through a Swamp Paperbark,(Melaleucaericifolia) community.