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King Billy Walk – Ancient Pines at Cradle Mountain

4 March 2011 No Comment

King Billy Pine - Cradle Mountain National ParkImagine you are in another world, your face cooled by a light and airy mist in the middle of an ancient rainforest.

Your eyes are filled with the wonder of emerald green ferns and mosses, spiky myrtle, fragrant sassafras, and the trunks of giant pine trees.

You can hear the tinkle of a sparkling clear mountain stream as it cascades through the ancient landscape.

This other world is Tasmania – and you are on the King Billy walk at Cradle Mountain National Park.

The giant pine trees are known as King Billy pines, named after the indigenous leader of the Oyster Bay mob, himself named after King William of England. If you tip your head back you will get a glimpse of distant their tops, 40 metres up in the misty canopy.

We are lucky to still find these 1500 year old pines here in the rainforest wilderness of Cradle Mountain National Park. These ancient trees don’t survive forest fires, and their fragrant timber was highly prized by earlier generations and heavily harvested. The history of King Billy pine can be seen all around you, in the relics of giant sawn trunks and stark white skeletons. But their future is safe, as they are now protected in this World Heritage Wilderness area.

The best place to see these wonderful old trees is on the King Billy walk. This easy, circular walk begins at Cradle Mountain Lodge, near the entrance to Cradle Mountain National Park, or you can add it to the end of the lovely Enchanted walk. An all-weather boardwalk threads you gently uphill through an other-world wonderland to the base of a massive 1000 year old King Billy pine.

The King Billy walk takes about 40 minutes, but allow a couple of hours if you want to add the circuit through the Enchanted walk. Remember to take water and a raincoat – and your camera – with you on this amazing walk among these ancient giants in their rainforest paradise.

Image Halans via Flickr

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