A stunning array of spring wildflower are now on view in and around the Grampians. Despite the devastating fires that came through in February of 2013, the wilderness areas are regenerating. Some areas are still thick with ash underfoot. But grass trees (formerly known as black boys) are abounding in these corridors of ash and the desolate landscape.
The strict definition of an arboretum is a collection of trees. Its purpose is to showcase a living collection of the world's trees.
The land of the Dunkeld arboretum was set aside in 1992. Originally grazing land, containing a water reserve and a saw mill. The land now houses a collection of diverse and exotic trees such as a Persian Ironwood, Lemonade berry, Colorado Pinyon and Chian turpentine tree.
The wetlands have bridges across and the whole area has a peaceful and unhurried pace to it.
This area has been set up with the help of the local community and volunteers. With support from government agencies and other benefactors.
This was an unexpected delight to find in this small Southern Grampians Township.
Worth taking a detour to find.