Tuncurry

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 concluded in the south at Point Road on the edge of Wallis Lake. This subdivision has been further divided as follows.

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. The undeveloped areas east of the Lakes Way are referred to in the survey as 'Tuncurry Dunes and Heath'.

This area contains the following sites. All are links to Maps, Species Lists and Images of both the common and unusual species occuring at each.

The area contains a mixture of habitats including the following;

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