Finding our ancient eucalypts in grassy woodland country

I’m sure you’ve often seen a magnificent old tree and thought – that tree must be hundreds of years old!

We want to find some of these ancient giants and would appreciate your involvement to locate, map and photograph them. The focus is on the species found on grassy woodland and adjoining riparian landscapes.

If you would like to be involved please send a GPS, photo of the tree and if possible species ID. Common species include the river red gum (eucalyptus camaldulensis), grey box (eucalyptus microcarpa), white box (eucalyptus alba), yellow box (eucalyptus meliodora). Some trees will be selected for further study to determine age, health and other factors.

The ancient eucalypts project also offers a photographic workshop on Sunday the 13th of November 2022 with Alison Pouliot, well known for her work as a mycologist but also a published photographer and engaging raconteur. In this workshop we will visit a small sample of the ancient trees and learn the techniques to best showcase their strengths and some of the battles they have endured to reach their immense age.

Thanks for reading this and for caring for our ancient trees.
Helen McKernan

Send tree information – photo, ID and GPS to