Wilson's Promontory has an unusual ecosystem that more closely resembles that of Tasmania than that of mainland Australia. One of the walks that showcases many of the ecosystems of Wilson's Prom is the Lilly Pilly Gully walk which, in addition to being a beautiful walk, is REALLY fun to say. Lilly Pilly Gully... Lilly Pilly Gully. Ok. Enough of that. A Lilly Pilly is an evergreen tree that grows in temperate rainforests. It is characterized by shiny, dark green leaves and light colored berries. It is also a popular ornamental in Australia and even parts of the US. But enough about the plants... you want to see pictures!
The nature walk starts above the gully in an open wooded area. Here scrubby trees mixed with grass trees that bloomed after the last fire:
A burnt gum tree exuded red sap that looked frighteningly like it was bleeding:
Further along the trail we got into a sclerophyll forest with immense trees. We found a hollow tree big enough to be a small cottage!
Then the trail turned to a boardwalk and we were in gully itself:
The tree behind Ian is the Lilly Pilly: