AUSTRALIA'S OLDEST TREES

AUSTRALIA'S OLDEST TREES

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Australia is a vast land full of interesting flora and fauna, there are over 700 different species of Eucalyptus alone is this incredible country. None of us really know the oldest trees in Australia, where they are and how long they have been there, but through the work of researchers we are able to make educated guesses. Here are some of Australia’s oldest known trees.

In Tasmania stands a ‘Huon Pine’ (Lagarostrobos franklinii). This pine has stems that are up to 2000 years old, however as it is a ‘clonal life form’ - the tree itself could be as old as 11,000 years! It is believed to be one of the oldest known living organisms on earth.

Tasmanian Huon Pine

Tasmanian Huon Pine

Similarly, the Wollemi Pine or the ‘Bill Tree’ in the Wollemi National Park has a trunk that is about 350-400 years old. However it’s roots may be more than 1000 years old.

Wollemi Pines, Wollemi National Park

Wollemi Pines, Wollemi National Park

The Kunumudj Tree (also known as the ‘Boab Prison Tree’) in WA is believed to have a dark past, and is known to be older than 1500 years old.

Kunumudj Tree

Kunumudj Tree

Lake Barrine National Park in Queensland holds the ‘Twin Kauri Pines’ - a beautiful pair of trees that tower above the rainforest, (50 metres high!) and are believed to be around 1000 years old - some of the oldest known rainforest trees in the world.

Twin Kauri Pines

Twin Kauri Pines

The enormous Centurion Tree in Tasmania stands just over 100 metres - it is the world’s oldest known Eucalyptus Regnans tree and was singed in the 2019 Tasmania bushfires - surviving with just a burnt patch on its trunk.

Centurion Tree

Centurion Tree

The Red Tingle Trees (Eucalyptus Jacksonii) in Walpole, Western Australia have circumferences of up to 22 metres and are believed to date back to Gondwana times. They are an incredible sight to behold.

Tingle Tree, WA

Tingle Tree, WA

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