Tasmania's deciduous beech fagus tree turns mountains gold

Colour: The fagus is turning colour before shedding its leaves through to early May. Pictures: iStock

Colour: The fagus is turning colour before shedding its leaves through to early May. Pictures: iStock

Tasmania’s only native deciduous tree is turning national parks into a riot of gold and orange.

The fagus, or deciduous beech, is Australia’s only cold climate deciduous tree and is unique to Tasmania.

Tasmania Parks and Wildlife recommends heading out to Cradle Mountain or Mount Field through April and May to see the hills turn shades of rust red through to deepest gold.

For the best views of the fagus, try the Tarn Shelf and Lake Fenton’s observation area.

Alternatively the Dove Lake circuit, the Crater Lake Walk, and around Twisted Lakes at the Cradle Mountain National Park, will show off entire hillsides of brilliant autumn colour.

To get the best views of the fagus, Mount Field National Park is hosting a Fagus Weekend on Saturday and Sunday, April 22-23, which will include guided walks at Russell Falls and Lake Fenton, a night-time guided walk, live entertainment and more at Waterfalls Cafe.

For details visit parks.tas.gov.au/events

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