|Close up Wild Clematis otherwise known as Bridal Creeper which covers everything|
|Bridal Creeper in action|
This wasn't. It was rough, narrow, extremely corrugated and potholed and lurched over hills and down ravines. There was also a distinct lack of signage. At one unmarked intersection, I just took the least worst track. When we were flying over this area and I said I'd like to walk that, the flying instructor said, "Why would you want to do that when we can fly over in minutes?" Ah, I say, "Flying is great for the big picture, but there things that you miss." This road is not one one of them.
|Sky high wildflowers make me happy that I've come at this time of year|
|Purple Boronia usually only grows as a knee high shrub|
One thing I might have missed are the wild flowers. In one moist gully, rare in these parts, they are twice as high as the van. While my pots and pans do a little dance in the back, the whole bush seems to be celebrating the spring with a riot of colour. There are huge purple boronias which usually only grow to knee high shrubs. Dense golden pea flowers, dangle on seven foot stems. There are equally tall white daisy bushes, other dainty white flowered shrubs, possibly cottonwood, but as yet unconfirmed, and the pretty bridal creeper - a wild clematis, draped over everything. Not many pics alas, as there was absolutely nowhere to pull over. The road winds around a lot and you could never be sure that some hoon in a four wheel drive who also thought he had the road to himself, wasn't going to come flying around a corner.
|This delicate white flowered shrub is probably a Cottonwood.|
|Close up of the yellow one of which there were at least two kinds. I have no idea what it was|
|First glimpse of Bakers Beach. The Tide is out and it has a very high intertidal range|
When you have been to Cradle Mountain, done the usual visitor's loop or are more interested in our unique wildlife than waterfalls and treeferns, this is is the place to see, especially on that second or third visit. Tasmania is addictive that way - and particularly if you enjoy a less touristed, underhyped experience.
Sad to say the pretty white shrub I thought was a cottonwood has the unfortunate name of Stinkwood. Here is the news from Bob and Joy at the Society for Growing Australian Plants
#1 looks like a Leopard orchid.
#2,3,4 The Peaflowers look like Dillwynia glaberrima (Smooth parrot pea).
The white plant in #2 appears to be Zieria arborescens (Stinkwood)
#5 The large daisy bush looks like Olearia stellulata
Lastly, is there a native that looks like a caster Bean Tree? From the picture, this may be Gompholobium huegelii (Pale wedge pea)
They have recommended a good guide book:
"Incidentally, one concise identification book we can recommend is "A Guide to Flowers & Plants of Tasmania" by the Launceston Field Naturalists Club, available direct from them if you can't find it in a bookstore. There is a comprehensive list of guidebooks at http://www.apstas.org.au/publications.html."