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Stop 8

Harrington Rainforest Walk

Images thanks to Pieta Laing

You are now out of the rainforest and looking towards the lagoon.  In front of you are the saltmarshes, then a line of Grey Mangroves Avicennia marina var. australasica and then the lagoon.

GREY MANGROVES

Some clumps of Swamp She-Oak Casuarina glauca can also be seen. Many saltmarshes in southern Australia have been drained, used as land-fill sites, or have been degraded by grazing. The remaining sites are easily damaged by trampling.

SWAMP SHE-OAK

If you walk along the track to the right and then turn and look back to the rainforest you will see the tall Coastal Banksias and the remnant sand-dune that protect the rainforest from the salt-laden winds from the ocean

COASTAL BANKSIAS

A weed to keep a look out for is Bitou Bush Chrysanthemoides monilifera subsp. rotundata.   This yellow flowered plant can grow from numerous seeds or vegetatively from stems that touch the ground. It out-competes native plants.

BITOU BUSH

If you continue to the right along the lagoon edge you will reach the back of the caravan park and then the break-wall.