We all love a good selfie. It’s a way to take the holiday snaps we want, while still being in the picture! Plus, popping those bad boys on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook is a quick way to share your adventures with the folks back home.
The selfie potential in Oz isn’t just limited to the usual scenic vistas and cuddly animals, though. On your next Australian road trip, see how many of these unique Aussie trees you can spot!
Hollow Trunk Tree
On WA’s southern coast, in the Valley of the Giants, you’ll find the giant red tingle tree with a hollow trunk. This isn’t just amazing for its 30-metre height, but also the fact that its trunk looks as though it has been eaten away from the inside, leaving a ghostly shell in its stead.
According to the Australian National Trust, 35,000 tourists visit this heritage site each year, at Coopers Creek, QLD. It marks the sight where explorers Robert Burke and William Wills, plus a team of four men, set up camp on their trip to be the first to cross Australia, going north to south. The group separated here, and the remaining team buried provisions under the ground, marking instructions on the tree as to where they can be found. You can still see these carved letters today!
Curtain Fig Tree
Up in Cairns, the Curtain Fig Tree is a strangler fig that proudly tried to grow along a host species that was leaning on a 45-degree angle. Rather than wind down the trunk like most stranglers, its roots sought the fastest way to the ground, which was … well … 15 metres straight down! This has created a unique, and enormous, curtain effect of dangling roots, which you can visit on a pleasant boardwalk.
If you think your house is a little weird, listen to this: Herbig’s Tree is a unique, hollow red gum found in South Australia that is around 300-500 years old. Around 1855, young Johann Friedrich Herbig needed a place to stay, but had very little money. Luckily, he found this wide tree and adopted it as his home! He then married a woman and had children under the same bark.
The Gloucester Tree – a 72-metre karri tree – was used in the 1940s as a fire lookout for parts of WA. They didn’t have planes to spot back then, so they bore holes in the trunk for climbing pegs, which were used as a winding ladder to the top! The fun part here is not just a selfie from the base, but climbing 58 metres up the ladder to take one from the lookout itself.
For yet more daunting vertigo (but exciting photos!) road trip in your NSW rental car to Myall Lakes National Park. Even taller than the Gloucester Tree, Grandis stands at 76 metres, and is adjacent to a lovely picnic area just off the Pacific Highway. We recommend standing as close to the base as you can, then taking a selfie that gazes right up the trunk. You might feel a little small, but it’ll look awesome.
Complete your experience with a trip to Adelaide’s famous Frome Road, regarded as one of the most beautiful avenues in the country since as far back as 1906! London plane trees line the kerb, creating a brilliant natural archway that changes from luminous green to spectacular gold as the seasons change. This place is so pretty, in fact, that it stands with the rest of our examples listed above on the National Trust’s Register of Significant Trees.