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Dickson Park Nature Walk - South Entrance SignDickson Park has had extensive regeneration work over many years and leads into a small creek that flows to the North-West end of Tamborine Mountain.

The Park is located between the east end of Freemont Drive and the Northern end of Sierra Drive. Parking is best for access at either the South-East corner of the Park on Eastern end of Freemont Drive or at the end of Sierra Drive. There is also a open grass area walk through an easement across Sierra Drive towards Sequoia Drive.

 

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The following is an exerpt from an article written by John Aagaard in 2000 for the Tamborine Mountain Natural History Association (TMNHA) magazine:

The land (i.e. the environmental reserve) – most of it covered by kikuyu grass and weeds, with a few eucalypts and Blackwoods (Acacia melanoxylon) – lay idle for some years. In 1983 the Tamborine Mountain Field Naturalists’ Club (TMFNC) approached the Council with a proposal that the Club plant up this area with rainforest trees. This was agreed to by Council.”

The TM Natural Histpory Assoc. took over in the late 1990s and then Tamborine Mountain Landcare a few years later. For a more detail history see the History of John Dickson Conservation Park. In August 2001 the reserve was officially named the John Dickson Conservation Park in recognition of the foresight and hard work of John Dickson and his industrious group of Field Nats.

Some noted Species:

A Wheel of Fire tree (Stenocarpus sinuatus) in flower.Dickson Park Nature Walk - Wheel of Fire in flower

And a Tree Lomatia (Lomatia silaifolia) in flower.Dickson Park Nature Walk - Tree Lomatia in flower

 

 

Celastrus australis - Large-leaved Staff Vine fruitCelastrus australis (Staff Vine): Identified by Julie, "Though my d=specimen is definitely not toothed. Alas, I lost my little spike of dead flowers - most of it had fallen to bits anyway but from memory it's NOT Rhodosphaera I don't think - just checked book and they are more clustered than in a raceme.  And certainly not Elaeocarpus Mike because those are all "fringed lampshade" type.  I'd be looking in the Rutaceae I think, if you kept your spray.  Like the Flindersias.  Where the flower stalks are held clear of the foliage."

and Mike: "We should have got Staff Vine but for the total lack of any teeth on the edge of the leaf.  Yes Elaeocarpus flowers are little ‘fringed lampshades’ as in Blueberry Ash but I didn’t pick up any of the flowers so aren’t sure what we are uncertain about."

 

More details to be added after work being done on photo species naming.

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