The North East
The North East is an area that contains some fantastic trees; some are well known like the Evercreech white gums, however, there are some fine Eucalyptus regnans trees in the Weldborough area that rival some of the more well known trees of the southern forests.
'Sir Vim' is a beautiful 89m tall white Gum, Eucalyptus viminalis. It is found in the Evercreech White gum reserve, accessed from the town of Fingal (photo: Marie Antione)
'Fat Albert' is 18m in girth. It grows in old forest near the Blue Tier Forest reserve. (photo: Ronnie Harrison)
The Blue Tier Giant is a tree that oozes character. I measured it at 18.6m girth and around 56m to its dead top, however, mere figures do not do justice to this old survivor. The tree is so gnarly and irregular that I suspect there is not a single part of the trunk that is round. The buttresses rise to over 11m up and the trunk splits into two at around 16m. In the photo below you may be able to see the twin trunks, the left terminates dead at around 25m up so the major part of the crown consists of the right hand trunk. To visit the Blue Tier Giant, follow the sign north off Tasman Highway a few kilometers south east of the town of Weldborough in the North east of Tasmania.the road. Follow the major forestry road for about 1 km then the sign will take you down right on a lesser road - take it easy on this road, the track is overgrown on both sides, visibility is limited and there is room for only one vehicle. Also don't forget to write in the visitors book kept at the base of the tree. Congratulations to the Friends of the Blue Tier Giant who have put in so much work to both protect this tree and many others in the area and also for fantastic walking track they put in to the tree.