Fa­gus brings golden glow

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - FRONT PAGE - SHAUN McMANUS

FEA­TUR­ING ev­ery­thing from lazy lunches to rov­ing rangers, the an­nual turn­ing of the fa­gus cel­e­bra­tion this week­end at Mt Field Na­tional Park is shap­ing up to be one of the big­gest yet.

Parts of Mt Field are turn­ing de­light­ful shades of rust red, auburn and gold, in­di­cat­ing the pho­to­genic au­tumn trans­for­ma­tion of Tas­ma­nia’s fa­gus tree, or Nothofa­gus gun­nii.

From now un­til early May, vis­i­tors can view the turn­ing of the fa­gus on the Tarn Shelf and Lake Fenton at Mt Field.

Fa­gus is also highly vis­i­ble on the Dove Lake cir­cuit and the Crater Lake walk at the Cra­dle Moun­tain-Lake St Clair Na­tional Park.

Or­gan­ised by Water­falls Cafe and Gallery and Tas­ma­nia Parks and Wildlife Ser­vice, this year’s turn­ing of the fa­gus will be cel­e­brated with a se­ries of events on Satur­day and Sun­day.

PWS rov­ing rangers will be an­swer­ing ques­tions and pro­vid­ing di­rec­tions around Rus­sell Falls, Lake Dob­son, Lake Fenton, and on Tarn Shelf as part of the week­end.

Water­falls is host­ing a three-course late lunch from 2pm on Sun­day for weary ex­plor­ers re­turn­ing from the fa­gus, while Mt Field will also host one of the PWS’s Ac­tive Au­tumn Amaz­ing Race Se­ries events on Satur­day from 1pm.

Water­falls owner Rachel Power said the fa­gus was al­ready look­ing fan­tas­tic.

“It’s not about be­ing a great big cel­e­bra­tion and a huge fes­ti­val at­mos­phere, it’s about re­con­nect­ing with the park and re­mem­ber­ing why you loved it as a kid and now why you love it as an adult,” Mrs Power said.

Mt Field’s fa­gus has grown in pop­u­lar­ity in re­cent years.

“It’s be­come re­ally well known among the pho­to­graphic and In­sta­gram com­mu­nity,” Mrs Power said.

“We’ve had a lot of cam­eras walk­ing around al­ready and it’s now be­ing prob­a­bly more un­der­stood and ap­pre­ci­ated.”

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