For anyone who has grown up along our inland rivers, this majestic tree has provided the backdrop for a myriad of childhood memories. We have climbed its branches, collected its leaves and gumnuts, played, and rested in its shade.
Beneath the canopy of river red gum, these forests and connected wetlands are biodiversity hotspots, home to many native plant and animal species, supplying essential ecosystem services for surrounding landscapes, communities and farms.
River red gums are an important cultural species providing shelter, materials, food, and medicine for Aboriginal people.
Since colonisation, river red gums have provided a source of building materials, railway sleepers, firewood and charcoal.
There is much more to the river red gum than meets the eye.
Spend a moment enjoying their beauty and reflecting on their important role in the landscape.