Looking south-east over the Silver Wattles


NATURE TRAILS
AT THE
JOHN SKEMP FIELD CENTRE

The late Geoff Martin, a Life Member of the Club, was the architect of most of the nature trails (76Kb PDF) on the property. The walks have been created to pass through the various types of habitat on the property from dry sclerophyll to wet fern gorge. Examples of the different flora have been labelled along the nature trails. Seating at interpretation sites has also been provided.

Mini Forest Walk
Mini Forest Walk

Mini Forest Walk
Walking Time: 10 - 15 minutes
Trail Assessment: easy and mostly even

Description: this walk provides a brief, easy encounter with marginal wet sclerophyll forest containing at least four eucalypt species, among them Eucalyptus brookeriana, and a range of other vegetation in the understorey. back to top

Treeferns, Stinkwood and Varnish Wattle
Treeferns, Stinkwood and
Varnish Wattle
Forest Walk
Walking Time: 25 - 30 minutes
Trail Assessment: easy and even

Description: a walk that penetrates more deeply into wet sclerophyll forest where the walker encounters both drier, northerly exposed sections and a cooler, south facing section in between where water ferns and moisture loving shrubs become more prevalent in the understorey. back to top
Lichen and Mosses
Lichen and Mosses
Watergate Walk
Walking Time: 20 - 25 minutes
Trail Assessment: easy and fairly even

Description: this walk passes through open fields, regenerated scrubland and a small remnant of old forest which differs in composition from the forest encountered in the previous two walks. In this case, acacias are the major contributors to the canopy and eucalypts are scattered throughout. back to top
Top Falls Walk
Top Falls Walk
Top Falls Walk
Walking Time: 35 - 45 minutes
Trail Assessment: moderate effort, fairly even

Description: this walk traverses open fields, a forested gully, regenerated forest and returns to the Field Centre via Skemps Road. It features a waterfall, stately Giant Ash (Eucalyptus regnans), mountain views and a small plantation of Tasmanian native plants not indigenous to the area. back to top
Moss covered rocks
Moss covered rocks
Native Currant and Musk Daisy
Native Currant and Musk Daisy
Bedfordia Walk
Walking Time: 45 - 55 minutes
Trail Assessment: moderate effort, fairly even

Description: the focus of this walk is the Bedfordia Trail which is accessed by following Skemps Road to the Scotch Oakburn Adopt-A-Patch. The Bedfordia section which takes off to the left, features small dense forest types dominated by Dogwood (Pomaderris apetala) and containing some very old Bedfordia (Bedfordia salicina) trees, moss covered rocks and a large, spreading White Gum (Eucalyptus viminalis). Views of Mount Barrow and Mount Arthur may be seen en route. back to top
Kangaroo Fern
Kangaroo Fern
Trees and Sassafras
Treeferns and Sassafras
Fern Gully Walk
Walking Time: 1 hour approximately
Trail Assessment: moderate to difficult, steep and uneven in short sections

Description: the fern gully is accessed via the Forest Walk through wet sclerophyll forest to the junction from where the trail winds down to the gully floor. The walk down the gully features towering Manferns or Soft Treeferns (Dicksonia antarctica) associated with a range of epiphytic and ground ferns under a canopy of Giant Ash (Eucalyptus regnans), Sassafras (Atherosperma moschatum) and Silver Wattle (Acacia dealbata). From the gully the trail climbs steeply to the Ridge Trail and rejoins the Forest Walk back to the Field Centre. back to top
Fungi and Lichen
Fungi and Lichen
Dogwood
Dogwood
Zig Zag Walk
Walking Time: 35 - 45 minutes
Trail Assessment: moderate effort, fairly even

Description: this walk follows the outward route
of the Watergate Walk then branches off across
the field and Skemps Creek to negotiate two small, discrete forests and return to the Field Centre via Skemps Road. Features of this walk are densely shaded forest floors with moss covered rocks, Giant Ash, hillside springs, two Tasmanian endemics Coral Heath (Epacris gunnii) and Heartberry (Aristotelia peduncularis) and panoramic views.
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Giant Ash and Lichens
Giant Ash and Lichens
Bottom Falls Waterfall
Bottom Falls

Combined Falls Walk
Walking Time: 1 hour 10 minutes approximately
Trail Assessment: moderate to difficult,
steep and uneven in short sections

Description: the walk encompasses virtually the whole of the southern section of the property
taking in two waterfalls with an associated range
of water ferns and other wet gully vegetation. It traverses several different wet sclerophyll forest associations resulting from changes in aspect and topography. Good forest overviews are obtained from the ridge tops. Two ponds are located by the return route via Skemps Creek. back to top

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