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Double Bay Tree Trail

Explore the foreshores and suburban streets of Double Bay to discover our magnificent trees. Trees along this pop-up trail will be labelled for the month of August to celebrate National Tree Day. An online map is available for everyone to follow.

The trail is about 2 kilometres long, starting at Blackburn Gardens near Redleaf Beach then winding through Double Bay and finally heading up along Ocean Avenue to Edgecliff. If you want to avoid walking up the Ocean Avenue hill walk the trail in reverse.

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About the trees

Our Tree Trail starts at Blackburn Gardens. Head down through the gardens towards the beach and look to the right and left of the path to find the first trees.

1. Bunya Pine

Bunya PineBunya Pines are native to south-east Queensland and were once abundant in rainforest areas.

The cones of this tree can be around 20-30 cm in diameter and weigh up to 5 kg. Cockatoos and other large birds can open the cones to eat the kernels.

Aboriginal people traditionally travelled long distances to collect and eat the tasty and highly nutritious seeds that were often roasted in a fire.

  • Species Name: Araucaria bidwillii
  • Height: 20 m
  • Spread: 7 m
  • Age: 120+ years

2. Moreton Bay Fig

Moreton Bay Fig at RedleafMoreton Bay figs are known for their broad canopy and buttress roots. These figs can drop aerial roots from the branches which then thicken to help support the weight of its crown.

  • Species Name: Ficus macrophylla
  • Height: 24 m
  • Spread: 30 m
  • Age: 120+ years

3. Queensland Kauri Pine

Kauri PineThis Queensland Kauri Pine is listed on the National Register of Big Trees as one of the largest known living trees of this species.

Trees in the Kauri family have been known in Australia since the time of the dinosaurs.

These trees were heavily logged in Queensland.

  • Species Name: Agathis robusta
  • Height: 31 m
  • Spread: 22 m
  • Age: 120+ years

4. Chir Pine

Chir PineThis Chir Pine is native to the Himalayas. It has distinct bark that is dark brown with deep grooves and its cones produce edible seeds.

  • Species Name: Pinus roxburghii
  • Height: 15 m
  • Spread: 12 m
  • Age: 120+ years

5. Hoop Pine

Hoop PineHoop Pines are rainforest trees naturally found in coastal regions of northern NSW and Queensland.

These trees can live up to 450 years and have a straight, rough-barked trunk with circular "hoop" markings that give it the common name. This tree is part of the same botanical family as the Bunya Pine and Norfolk Island Pine, also seen here at Redleaf.

Birds such as the local magpies can be drawn to this tree for nesting as its prickly foliage offers protection.

  • Species Name: Araucaria cunninghamii
  • Height: 26 m
  • Spread: 14 m
  • Age: 120+ years

6. Norfolk Island Pine

Norfolk Island PineNorfolk Island pines were originally found only on Norfolk Island and were introduced to Sydney in the early years of European settlement.

These trees were made popular by the distinctive triangular appearance and tendency to grow straight, even when growing in coastal areas with high winds and salty conditions.

This trees can be seen in many coastal stretches of Sydney.

  • Species Name: Araucaria Heterophylla
  • Height: 27 m
  • Spread: 12 m
  • Age: 120+ years

7. Moreton Bay Fig

Moreton Bay FigThis Moreton Bay Fig shows a wonderful example of buttress roots visible from the street.

  • Species Name: Ficus macrophylla
  • Height: 25 m
  • Spread: 30 m
  • Age: 120+ years

8. Cluster of Native Trees

Cluster of NativesThis cluster of native trees provide cooling shade for the Steyne Park children's playground and dense habitat for local wildlife.

  • River She-oaks (Casuarina cunninghamiana) produce a wonderful whistling sound when wind blows through the branches.
  • Coastal Banksia (Banksia integrifolia) can attract nectar-feeding birds such as the New Holland Honeyeater.
  • Tuckeroo (Cupaniopsis anacardioides) is a good shade tree with green-yellow flowers in spring and orange-yellow seed pods in summer.
  • Cottonwood (Hibiscus tiliaceus) is a native hibiscus with prominent flowers often growing on beaches close to the water.

9. Turpentine

TurpentineTurpentines are native to the rainforests and moist forests of Sydney and can be found in eastern Queensland and New South Wales. Its deeply grooved fibrous bark and the unique shape of its fruit help with identification.

Their dense clusters of white flowers attract insects, birds and other nectar eating animals.

They have timber that resists termites and is very durable in salt water. It can be used for building wharves, railway sleepers, telegraph poles and hard wearing flooring.

  • Species Name: Syncarpia glomulifera

10. Moreton Bay Fig

Moreton Bay FigMoreton Bay Figs have small round purple fruit that are favourites for many species of birds including parrots and pigeons.

  • Species Name: Ficus macrophylla
  • Height: 25 m
  • Spread: 31 m

11. Bottle Tree

Bottle Tree Double BayThis Bottle Tree is nestled in the corner of Double Bay Public School grounds is named due to the unusual shape of its trunk.

Bottle Trees are one of the few Australian trees that lose their leaves. In their native area of central Queensland the trees usually lose their leaves between September and December.

They produce creamy-yellow flowers with red markings.

  • Species Name: Brachychiton rupestris
  • Height: 3 m
  • Spread: 4 m

12. Black Booyong

Black BooyongThe Black Booyong is one of the largest buttressed trees found in the sub-tropical rainforests of eastern Australia. It has a deep green canopy with dark grey bark.

One of the most distinctive features of this tree are the large deep green leaves that radiate out from central stems like a palm.

It is an excellent shade tree and produces white bell shaped flowers in summer.

  • Species Name: Argyrodendron actinophyllum
  • Height: 15 m
  • Spread: 15 m

13. London Plane Trees

Guilfoyle Plane TreesLooking down Guilfoyle Avenue you will see many trees planted by the Guilfoyle family such as deciduous London Plane Trees.

Walking up Ocean Avenue from here you will be in an historically significant area with a remarkable diversity of very old ornamental trees including Australian rainforest and Pacific Island species, reflecting the influence of Guilfoyle's plantings from the middle of the 19th century.

  • Species Name: Platanus × acerifolia

14. Queensland Lacebark

LacebarkThis tree is found in in drier rainforest areas of eastern Australia but it is not native to Sydney.

In early summer the Queensland Lacebark drops its leaves while it produces a beautiful display of bell-shaped, deep pink flowers. The flowers are very spectacular and are followed by seed capsules which contain many large seeds. As the flowers fade the leaves return.

  • Species Name: Brachychiton discolor
  • Height: 15 m
  • Spread: 18 m
  • Age: 120+ years

15. Candlenut Tree

Candlenut Tree Ocean AvenueThe Candlenut tree is a tropical rainforest species native to northern Australia and parts of Asia.

Most parts of these tree have been used by traditional groups of the South Pacific including to make oil, as timber and fibres for weaving.

The nuts can be burned like a candle, lasting 15 to 20 minutes each. Caution: the nuts from this tree can be toxic if eaten raw.

  • Species Name: Aleurites moluccanus
  • Height: 15 m
  • Spread: 18 m

16. Moreton Bay Fig

Moreton Bay FigThis majestic Moreton Bay Fig is a heritage listed tree in the grounds of Ascham School. It is a prominent local feature that can be seen from the corner of Ocean Street and New South Head Road. Please view this tree from the road.

  • Species Name: Ficus macrophylla
  • Height: 25 m
  • Spread: 30 m
  • Age: 120+ years