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Styx Valley, Maydena

#43 of 95 in Nature in Tasmania
The Styx Valley is a valley located adjacent to the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Site on the island of Tasmania, Australia. The Styx River is the main drainage system of the valley that lies about northwest of Hobart, with the nearest town being Maydena.Location and featuresTemperate wet eucalypt forests in the region are home to the world's tallest flowering plants, Eucalyptus regnans. Rainforest gullies are carpeted in mosses and lichens and shaded by the tree ferns Dicksonia antarctica, known locally as Man-ferns, and other rainforest tree species including Southern Sassafras (Atherosperma moschatum), Myrtle Beech (Nothofagus cunninghamii) and Celery-top pine (Phyllocladus aspleniifolius).In 2002, Australia's most massive tree, nicknamed El Grande, was discovered. It died in an autumn burn in 2003.The valley has been the site of an ongoing conflict between environmentalists, who have proposed the protection of the site as a national park, and supporters of the logging industry. One of the environmentalists' arguments, as well as the environmental benefits, was that a tourism-based economy would be more beneficial for the local economy than logging the area.
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  • This is a great little spot and I wanted to go there with my son. Unfortunately you can't go there: they've ironically shut the access road to the Forest Reserve because of the forestry logging that's...  more »
  • We visited Styx Big Tree Reserve recently while in Tassie. These enormous eucalyptus trees are amazing specimens. Really unbelievable how tall they are. The walk is short and provides interesting fact...  more »

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