Blue Tier Giant - The Widest Living Tree in Australia

Blue Tier Giant - The Widest Living Tree in Australia

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When Is the Best Time

The Blue Tier Forest Reserve is still under threat of logging in Tasmania. This mystic rainforest is a must-see. The 3.2 km long trail can be hiked throughout the year. If it is too rainy, it might be difficult to get to the trailhead by car. The last part of the gravel road is a bit rough.

Pink Robin on the hiking trail to the Blue Tier Giant

Update: Forests that are increasingly at threat of logging, including the Blue Tier Giants, from April 2020 are taken out of reserve status. We will lose old grown forests in the northeast of Tasmania. Please share this article. The Blue Derby Wild, The Friends of the Blue Tier, and the residents are fighting for their native forests, but it looks like we all lose this hidden treasure trove forever.

Gravel Road to the Blue Tier Giant in Tasmania

In April (autumn), it might be a lovely walk with different species of fungi along the trail.

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The Blue Tiers are still a hidden gem, remotely located and not leading along any popular tourist route. Very view visitors come to the blue tier giant. We were the only ones walking to one of the fascinating rain forests in Tassie. 

Weather

Where there is rain forest, there is rain! This area is often cloudy or overcast. Summer brings pleasant temperatures, usually around 20°C. The winter is cold with one-digit temperatures. Even frost can occur, and it's the wettest time of the year, with its peak in August. The driest months are the summer, from December to March. Yet, it's Tassie. Don't let the rain spoil your vacation when visiting this outstanding destination.

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Location and Tips

Tasmania, Pyengana
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The Blue Tier Forest Reserve and the Blue Tier giant tree, also called big tree, are still a hidden gem. With more attention, I hope these ancient trees survive.  The forest is well known for its mining history. Therefore, areas of the forest were cleared. There are plenty of walks in the Blue Tier area. This short circuit trail lasts a maximum of an hour, is well marked, and leads through temperate rainforest of huge fern trees, massive old eucalyptus trees, white gums, sassafras, old-growth myrtle, mosses, and passes the Cradle Tree, “the tree that hugs you”. The giant tree, Eucalyptus regnans (swamp gum), is almost 60 meters high and the widest living tree in Australia, measuring breathtaking 19.4 meters.

The Blue Tier Giant in Tasmania is the biggest swamp gum in Australia

You can stand inside the tree where you can find a plastic box from “The Friends of the Blue Tier”. It contains flyers (pictures are attached) with information about the uncertain future of this worth protecting part of Tasmania. Besides, hiking opportunities are mentioned, and a guestbook for comments.

We were lucky to observe a pink robin for a while in this old grown forest. There aren’t any facilities but a lovely picnic area. Be self-sufficient and take your rubbish out with you. Don’t miss this truly magical place of natural beauty, peace, tranquillity, and solitude. For us, one of the most impressive places in Tassie after four weeks of exploring.

Thanks to the residents to preserve this magic place. Unfortunately, most of the Blue Tier in the northeast of Tasmania is still unprotected and managed by the Forestry of Tasmania. Although it has enormous eco-tourism potential, it is hard to believe, but this treasure trove of old Gondwanan flora is earmarked for logging. The Tasman Aboriginal people have a deep connection to this forest like the residents. If you want to get informed about the current situation, follow Blue Derby Wild.

How to Find the Blue Tier Giant

Finally, there are road signs to find the parking and the entrance to the walk. Just in case, follow the link to get directions. On top of this side is the junction marked where you turn right from Lottah Road to Lehners Ridge Road. From here, follow the signs for 1.7 km to the parking. Or use Google for navigation: Google Maps Blue Tier Walk.

Where to Eat

The Pyengana Cheese Factory on the way to the Blue Tier Giant

On the way back, make a stop for lunch or a coffee break at the Pyengana Cheese Factory and try the different cheddars. 

Tips

Halls Falls in the Blue Tier Forest Reserve
Halls Falls

Most visitors come here in a rush. This part of Tasmania is underrated and, therefore, less busy. You will love to spend here a whole day or even two. The Blue Tier Forest Reserve has so much more to offer, not only the Blue Tier Giant. Another beautiful hike leads to the Halls Falls close to Pyengana. Also not much visited is the Evercreech Forest nearby with the world's tallest white gums. We combined the Bay of Fires with the Blue Tier Forest Reserve and the Evercreech Forest. The best accommodations are in Saint Helens, just half an hour drive to Pyengana. We loved our three nights stay at the Pelican Point Sanctuary in a self-contained cottage. 

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Micha Herber-Bleich
Micha Herber-Bleich
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