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Safety alert: COVID-19 Update
From 25/6/2020, last reviewed 3/7/2020

​​​Most Parks and Wildlife Service facilities have reopened to the public following the closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Visitors must continue to adhere to physical distancing standards and Public Health regulations​.

Please check the alerts page before planning your visit to ensure that you are aware of any access or restrictions that may still be in place. ​


Cycling through Tasmanian blue gum forest (Eucalyptus globulus), Maria Island National Park
Cycling through Tasmanian blue gum forest, Maria Island National Park (photograph: Joe Shemesh)

Blue gum

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Safety alert: COVID-19 Update
From 25/6/2020, last reviewed 3/7/2020

​​​Most Parks and Wildlife Service facilities have reopened to the public following the closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Visitors must continue to adhere to physical distancing standards and Public Health regulations​.

Please check the alerts page before planning your visit to ensure that you are aware of any access or restrictions that may still be in place. ​


​​The blue gum is Tasmania’s floral emblem and a critical habitat for the endangered swift parrot, which migrates from southern parts of Australia to feed on flowering blue gums and nest in old tree hollows. 

The blue gum reaches​ up to 60 metres, with sleek white bark on the upper trunk and limbs of the trees and a skirt of rough bark at the base of the trunk. Named "blue gum" for its blue-green coloured capsules and leaves, the colour derives from a powdery glaucous substance which acts as a natural sunscreen for the tree. The blue gum produces distinctive creamy white flowers fed on by insect-pollinators, birds and small mammals such as pygmy possums​. 

Common name: Blue gum

Scientific name: Eucalyptus globulus

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