Alison Bowling admires the buttressed roots of a yellow carabeen tree.
Alison Bowling admires the buttressed roots of a yellow carabeen tree. Bruce Thomas

Rare rainforest on our doorstep

CORAMBA Nature Reserve is the only remaining patch of subtropical lowland rainforest left in the Clarence Valley.

It is also the most accessible piece of rainforest available to Coffs Harbour residents, being only a 20-minute drive west of the city centre.

“People don’t know it’s here,” said Coffs Ambassador Dr Alison Bowling.

The Coramba resident will conduct guided walks through this cool, lush rainforest on January 17 and on March 6 starting at 9am on both days.

This will be an easy grade, short, easy walk through the canopy to the banks of the Orara River, exploring the complexity of the rainforest.

The walk is suitable for families with young children.

This precious remnant of rainforest, just nine hectares in extent, is listed as an endangered ecological community.

Visitors will be able to see rainforest trees like the red cedar, white booyong and the yellow carabeen, with its dramatic buttressed roots, and hear the calls of many birds like fruit doves, wompoo pigeons and brown cuckoo doves.

Dr Bowling, who lives just up the hill from the Reserve, said a local conservation group had done a lot of work in the Reserve removing weeds and continued to maintain it, removing introduced plants swept into the reserve by the floods which sweep across the site. Bookings for the walks are essential and can be made by phoning Coffs Harbour City Council on 6648 4676.



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