The town of Tuncurry was established in 1893 by John Wright and was originally called Tuncurrie. The name is believed to be an aboriginal word for "Plenty fish". Please click on the following link to see a Map of Tuncurry. (Please note that the site Tern island is noted on Google Maps as Fern Island. I beleive this is an error.) The undeveloped areas east of the Lakes Way are referred to in the survey as 'Tuncurry Dunes and Heath'. The Wallamba River area is located between the Tuncurry Lakes Resort, Chapmans Road Tuncurry and the Forster Tuncurry Racecourse on the strip of land adjacent to the Wallamba River.

The Tuncurry subdivision begins at the end of The Darawank Nature Reserve, approximately 1 kilometer north of the Tuncurry Golf Course and includes the whole town of Tuncurry east of the Wallamba River. This subdivision terminates in the south at Point Road on the edge of Wallis Lake. This subdivision has been further divided as follows.

This area contains the following sites, each site name ia a link to a Map.

The area contains a mixture of habitats including the following;

  1. Wet and Dry Heath
  2. Dry Sclerophyll Shrubland
  3. Wet Sclerophyll Forest
  4. Stabilised Dunes
  5. Sedgeland
  6. Swamp Sclerophyll Forest and Woodland
  7. Mangrove Woodland.

Tuncurry is the home of one unique plant namely Corunastylis littoralis (syn: Genoplesium littorale), the Tuncurry Midge Orchid. The species is highly localised and is surrounded by areas which were subject to sand mining and an waste disposal area, namely the Tuncurry Tip. It was recently listed as 'Critically endangered'. The species has been described as "a slender midge orchid of coastal vegetation with numerous crowned, semi-deflexed flowers with green, acuminate sepals and petals and a small, subulate, brown labellum with an acuminate apex." Images are available via my Flickr page.

Bossiaea rhombifolia, Corunastylis littoralis and Speculantha parviflora

Other species of interest include;

  1. Speculantha parviflora
  2. Eucalyptus patentinervis
  3. Persoonia virgata
  4. Bossiaea rhombifolia
  5. Lycopus australis
  6. Bunochilus longifolius
  7. Taurantha ophlogiossa


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