Blue Tier Forest – Goblin Forest Walk

The Blue Tier forest reserve sits off the road between St. Helens and Weldborough, and has a number of walks but we couldn’t resist the name of one of Tasmania’s top 60 short walks. At around 750m high the hills were shrouded in cloud when we arrived. Entering the forest took us into a fairy tale world where branches and rocks were coated with lichens, ferns and mosses of all shapes and sizes. In some areas the ground even looked like it was coated with snow.

The boardwalk snakes through the humid forest, and wombat trails can be seen winding their way amongst the trees and fallen logs. We found some beautiful pink orchids on the forest floor but at this stage my lens decide to seize (and later a piece of metal fell out).

We chose to drive on along the road expecting it to take us out of the reserve but very soon we found ourselves on an increasingly challenging 4WD track. It was a bit late in the day to continue, especially without any phone coverage!

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4 thoughts on “Blue Tier Forest – Goblin Forest Walk

  1. Nicole, Ian, Angus & Scarlett

    Hi Hannah I can tell you have had a great time.There are lots of beautiful things that you have seen in Tasmania.
    From Angus


  2. leonie morris

    pics look absolutely amazing. Sorry to hear your camera gave up the ghost!! too many goblins I suspect!


  3. In the alpine areas keep a look out for Stylidium graminifolium, small pink or mauve flowers, strappy leaves about 15cm high, the “trigger plant”. The kids can use a blade of grass to tickle the stamen of the flowers and it will spring down towards the flower. If an insect lands on the flowers it will be hit in the back by the stamen / style to receive or deliver pollen. The flowers re-set in about 15 minutes ready for the next insect victim. Best technique is to tickle the “elbow” near the base of the stamen.

    Your photos are a fantastic window on this great land. The Goblin Forest looks like an absolutely magic place.


    • Ian,
      Thanks for the note. Unfortunately we missed that interesting plant. Tasmania requires a lot more time than we can afford on this trip. Our whistle stop tour has given us lots of ideas for the next trip. We’ll probably spend longer in one stop so we can do more.


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