Lakes Entrance B & B

Lakes Entrance  Bed and Breakfast Retreat

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Harrison's Track Lakes Entrance, Vic 3909 Ph. 61 03 51552518
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Blue Box (Eucalyptus Baueriana) Just as we stepped through the old fenceline, one of my favourite scents – to so many people reminiscent of “Vicks” or pure Eucalyptus. This tree has distinctive round leaf in a grey green colour and fine tightly held bark.

Seaberry saltbush (Rhagodia Candolleana)  A high salt content in the leaves makes this an effective plant for reducing the flammability of the vegetation. The bright red berries attract the Australian raven which then spreads the plant.

Black Wattle (Acacia Mearnsii) With the V- shaped cuts that cause the sap to bubble out of the tree to serve as a food source for the Sugar Gliders living in the nest box in the Blue Box.

Burgan (Kunzia Ericoides) Often considered a pest as it colonizes areas disturbed for other purposes, in this case a gravel pit, after 25 years this stand of “tea tree” is being overshadowed by the Stringy bark, Box, Peppermint and wattle trees that have sprung up in its sheltering growth. The scent of the leaves is immediately recognized by many international visitors who use tea tree oil.

The path is tended by the lyrebirds who scratch at the edges or the mulch in search of insects. Yellow Stringybark  (Eucalyptus muellerana) Boy scout’s favourite fire lighting tree, the fibrous bark makes perfect tinder in any weather. The one above the Bed and Breakfast split and when the top was cut down the timber is a deep yellow - the timber people say it doesn’t split and warp like other stringys.

Here the short loop track heads down into the shelter of the blackwood trees. Bracken is being replaced in this area by native daisy bushes.

Blackwood Wattle (Acacia Melanoxylon). The table and mirror in our entry are crafted by Keith Graham in timber from the local Blackwood, the strength of this timber allows extremely fine yet strong legs. These trees are probably over 60 years old and in decline. Some of these have Wattle Seed, when roasted and ground this makes a delicious coffee like flavouring. In the very low light humid areas underneath the blackwoods the rainforest plants are germinating.

Tree everlasting (Ozothamnus ferrugineus) Identified by pulling the ends of the leaf to see the cracking of its waxy coating. Another useful plant in revegetation.

Mountain Grey Gum (Eucalyptus cypellocarpa) Mature tree not as tall and straight as the Blue gums, with the typical gum bark stripping from the upper branches. Nesting hollows are forming where branches have dropped off.

Native mint (Prostanthera Lasianthos) The Victorian Christmas bush has an aromatic leaf that we sometimes use as a flavouring. In flower it has a host of attractive mauve blooms.

As we turn back toward the house along the top of the gully we see more of the rainforest plants spreading up from  the gully. Along the lower side of the track the silver wattles are “moving” down the slope, as the older trees have died close to the track they are being replaced by a dense shrubby growth.

Kangaroo Apple (Solanum Aviculare) one of the shrubs we use in revegetation, (it’s vigorous and not usually browsed) and an effective place to hide more browser favored plants. It has the distinctive Kangaroo foot shaped leaf and a profusion of Orange Red fruit much sought after by the small birds.

White Elderberry (Sambucus Gaudichaudiana), a dark green fleshy leafed plant with translucent white fruits, in this situation browsed by the Samba deer which are a major pest in rainforest or regeneration areas.

Native Cherry (Exocarpos cupressiformis) A root parasite, it has small sweet fruits that many of the birds feed on. An indicator tree for deer as they use it as a rubbing tree. Listed as an Aboriginal snake bite treatment, but, listed as a timber that needs to be worked whilst wearing a mask because of the poisons in the dust.

Pittosporum (Pittosporum undulatum) much hated in suburban areas and still a pest plant in other areas, this quick growing prolifically fruiting tree is a part of this ecosystem. It thrives in good conditions but will establish even in dry locations.

River Peppermint (Eucalyptus elata) a tall weeping gum tree with a pepperminty scent with strips of bark cascading down from the upper limbs.

Jasmine Morinda (Morinda Jasminoides) one of the climbers from the gully, a glossy leaf and a profusion of bright orange berries.

LillyPilly (Acmena Smithii) providing much of the canopy of the rainforest with glossy dark green leaves and purple berries. The Crimson Rosellas in particular feed on these berries.

Weeping Grass (Microlena Stipoides) A native grass which is usually green all year round in these sheltered areas but at the moment has dried off.

Necklace Fern (Asplenium flabellifolium) A delicate Maiden hair like fern

Fishbone water fern (Blechnum Nudum)

Dusky Coral Pea (Kennedia Rubicunda) This climber has bright red pea flowers and a black / brown seed pod this seems more at home in a garden setting than wild in the forest.

Silver Wattle (Acacia Dealbata) a relatively short lived wattle in this situation, they have sprung up as a thicket then died – having fixed nitrogen to provide the soil conditions for the Lillypilly, pittosporum, Oleria, blue oliveberry and mock olive to follow.

Twining Silkpod (Parsonsia Brownii) a climber from the gully which has wind spread seed which bursts out of the pod when mature.

Austral Bracken (Pteridium Esculentum) Although its underground network is a most effective soil erosion preventative I wasted a lot of time trying to get rid of this before I gave up, the wattles then took over and more slowly but surely changed the conditions to remove it. The decrease in light or the increase in nitrogen changed the balance to allow other plants to replace bracken. 

Golden everlasting  (.Bracteantha bracteata)  Sprouting in the open area of the path, always makes the mowing difficult as I don’t want to knock them down. Paper feeling petals, flower closes at night. At this time of year only dried out plants remain.

Milk vine (marsdenia rostrata) A big soft leaf exudes a milky sap when broken off.

Forest nightshade (Solanum prinophyllum) Very prickly small creeping plant fruit a melon type eaten and spread by black wallaby. Typical potato / tomato flower

Snowy daisy bush (Oleria lirata)

Austral Sarsaparilla  (Smilax Australis) not the one Sarsaparilla is made from – but the same family. Leathery feeling leaf with prickles to make it a “Lawyer vine”.

Fireweed Groundsel  (Senecio linearifolius) With a pungent smell when crushed this is one of the plants to have been effective for hiding more palatable plants in revegetation.

Tasman Flax lily (Dionella Tasmanica)

Shiny Cassinnia Dogwood

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