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SPOTLIGHT – The Huon Pine Walk

This short walk is a chance to see these majestic and ancient Huon pines drooping into the waters of the Pieman River. These magnificent trees were highly prized by piners who floated the logs down the river for transportation by boat. Some logs were swept out to sea and later washed back to shore along the nearby coastline.

Miners on the Pieman River also used Huon pine to build canoes for travel down the river for supplies. The Huon pines that remain here today were saved from a similar fate when the Pieman River State Reserve was declared in 1938.

Excellent signage identifies the principle plant species of the rainforest, such as Myrtle, Native Laurel and Leatherwood.

 

Huon Pine Boardwalk

 

 

A wide boardwalk follows the bank of the Pieman River through rainforest. There are good views over the river and information is provided about the trees and the history of the area.

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Huon pine

(Lagarostrobos franklinii)
The Huon pine is perhaps the most famous of the Tasmanian conifers, due to its incredible longevity and the beauty and durability of its timber. It derives its common name from the stands which once occurred along the Huon River, named after Captain Huon Kermandec, commander of the French ship, L’Esperance. The species is restricted to western and southern Tasmania, where it is largely confined to river edges. Estimates of the area of living Huon pine vary, but are in the order of 10, 500 hectares. The current area of remaining pine has been reduced dramatically by fire, logging and mining. Today, most of the remaining stands are well protected within reserves, the majority being within the World Heritage Area. Although extremely slow growing, the tree can grow to heights of over 40 m. Growth rates average a mere 1 mm per year, depending on conditions. Huon pine can reproduce both vegetatively (from fallen individuals) and by seed. Seed dispersal is largely limited to the area downstream of the stands.

Other Information

Walking Grades

Advisory Walking Grade 1 Grade 1 No bushwalking experience required. Flat even surface with no steps or steep sections. Suitable for wheelchair users who have someone to assist them.
Advisory Walking Grade 2 Grade 2 No bushwalking experience required.The track has a hardened or compacted surface that may have a gentle hill section or sections and occasional steps.
Advisory Walking Grade 3 Grade 3 Suitable for most ages and fitness levels. Some bushwalking experience recommended.Tracks may have short steep hill sections, a rough surface and many steps.
Advisory Walking Grade 4 Grade 4 Bushwalking experience recommended.Tracks may be long. rough and very steep. Directional signage may be limited.
Advisory Walking Grade 5 Grade 5 Challenging long walks for experienced bushwalkers with specialised skills, including navigation and emergency first aid.Tracks may be very rough, very steep and unmarked


What to Take

GROUP
groupa
  • Sturdy walking shoes or boots
  • Sun hat
  • Sunblock
  • Sunglasses
  • Clothes to suit the weather of the day
GROUP
groupb
Group A items plus

  • Raincoat
  • Woollen jumper or fibre pile jacket
  • Snack food and drink
GROUP
groupc
Group A and B items plus

  • Thermal leggings or shorts rather than long cotton trousers or jeans (cotton becomes soaked in wet weather and will cool the body).
  • Warm hat or beanie
  • Warm gloves
  • Waterproof trousers
  • Gaiters (if you have them)
  • Lunch and drink
  • Map

 

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