Australian Forest Walk

The Australian Forest Walk is one of the largest collections in Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne, extending over half a kilometre along the southern boundary of the Gardens. Recent collecting trips have brought in taxa from areas with a strong match to Melbourne's projected future climate, serving the two-fold purpose of showcasing Australian dry rainforest flora and conserving threatened species.

The Collection is important because:

  • It is a ex-situ collection of flora that is threatened by climate change in the wild
  • It showcases the natural biodiversity of native flora for education and research purposes.
  • It demonstrates plants suitable to Melbourne’s future climate.

Key Plants

Queensland Kauri Pine

Agathis robusta

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Wurunuru

Leptospermum wooroonooran

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Caper Tree

Capparis arborea

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Bumpy Satinash

Syzygium cormiflorum

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Eucalyptus botryoides

Southern Mahogany Gum

Eucalyptus botryoides

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Queensland Kauri Pine

<em>Agathis robusta</em>

This giant is a tropical conifer native to Queensland. Points of interest for this tree are the sheer size and its beautifully textured bark.

Notes from the Curators

In the cooler months regenerative pruning is carried out on certain species such as Lomandra hystrix. The build-up of oak leaves from near by Oak Lawn can also pose an issue, so careful removal is required. Bare areas are spot mulched to improve soil structure and water retention. Mytle rust is an introduced plant pathogen that affects the Myrtaceae family. As part of an ongoing project with the Australian Botanic Garden Mt Annan, myrtle rust susceptible (and critically endangered) species Rhodamnia rubescens and Rhodomytus psidioidis, have been planted throughout the forest walk to assist in the conservation of the species.