image If Trees Could Talk

Stopping at beautiful Maryborough on the Fraser Coast of Queensland, on my way home from Hervey Bay (7 hour round trip for a workshop) I stopped at Queens Park. The Jacarandas had caught my eye, as well as the beautiful old buildings (another post in itself).

What an absolute treasure find. A massive Banyan (strangler) Fig. Queens Park is one of Australia’s oldest botanical gardens, opened in 1860 and heritage listed. Banyans are a fig tree. Commonly called strangler figs, the tree wraps around an existing tree and takes over it. Slow death. The fig sends down aerial roots, giving its unique form. Between 120-160 yrs old this massive Banyan is absolutely stunning.

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Looking over the road, the Banyan stands quietly in the background.

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Walking behind the memorial, the Banyan stands proud.

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Looking up, a magnificent staghorn fern

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The aerial branches have spread wide, requiring man made support to hold them. Beneath the tree a miniature railway line runs.

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