Hobart hike and Margate garden ramble.

The following day we drove back in towards Hobart and then into Waterworks Reserve for a walk with our friends Rod and Judy, who we had trekked with in Nepal back in 2013. We walked through a lovely ferny area first, surprising a grazing pademelon as we passed.

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After a gentle upward walk we came to a much steeper section which culminated at a railed area with a good view back to the city and the Derwent River. From there we ascended gently for a while, the path passing through an area with lovely white flowering tea tree beneath tall narrow leaf peppermint eucalypts.

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Along the way we had views to the Organ Pipes at Mt Wellington until we came to Fern Tree. We crossed the road and followed the Pipeline Track up to a small waterfall before we returning to eat morning tea in a park at Fern Tree.

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Our return trip was along the same paths we had gone up on but included a few photo stops.

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After lunch of toasted sandwiches at Rod and Judy’s we drove down to one of the local attractions in Margate, the Inverawe Native Gardens. On our arrival we met the aptly named owners, Margaret and Bill Chestnut. Margaret was able to give a detailed summary of what the garden offered and how they had gone about creating and continually extending it in the last eleven years. After that she left us to wander, map in hand. We set off along the upper terraces past correas, goodenias and grevilleas.

Goodenia elata

Goodenia elata

Pretty soon we came to the first of the many quirky features of the garden, life size models of two old botanists, Robert Brown and Jacques-Julien Houtou de Labillardière discussing their discoveries from over two hundred years ago.

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We continued through an area of hakeas out to a section of Tasmanian trees and shrubs which are helping to create/extend a wildlife corridor. Along the way we passed a number of collections of cute clay sculptures of worker elves and from time to time there were mounted poems.

Looks like someone else has done all the work!

Looks like someone else has done all the work!

It was all very interesting. We kept to the lower paths and made our way to the banksias, our favourite plants back home. Most of the ones we saw we recognised, banksias ericifolia, serrata, praemorsa and petiolaris

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Banksia petiolaris

 

but seeing the quirky banksia quercifolia was a lovely surprise.

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Banksia quercifolia

 

From there we returned towards the house past the section of the garden named Rabbit Hill Lookout. Sadly there was lots of evidence of rabbit burrowing which was certainly making it hard for the groundcovers to hold the soil in that area. More poems, a couple of quizzes and a chat with Bill and Margaret and a quick circuit of the lovely paper daisies in the Secret Garden section saw us complete a very pleasant couple of hours.

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After purchasing a packet of seeds to try growing the paper daisies back in Dromana we escaped to the car just as rain started. Perfect timing!

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