As it turns out, Rachel Power and Coreena Vieth are like-minded individuals. They both think the Turning of the Fagus should be a time of celebration in Tasmania. They’ll get no argument from us! Carol Haberle had us completely convinced when she wrote so passionately about the purely endemic Tasmanian experience.

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Fagus Weekend (photo by Shutterbug Walkabouts Tasmania)

Celebrating Fagus Weekend, Two Ways

This Autumn, choose from two events during Fagus Weekend at Mt Field National Park. Or go crazy and book a place for both… the lazy lunch on Saturday 2 May starting at 3pm and then follow-up with a full-day photography tour on Sunday.

Fagus Weekend celebrates the Turning of the Fagus in Tasmania’s much-loved Mt Field National Park. It’s a time for spectacular scenery and entertainment. With amazing local artisans, a Lazy Lunch and guided walks through the national park this is a great addition to your autumn calendar.

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Fagus Weekend (photo by Shutterbug Walkabouts Tasmania)

The menu for the Lazy Lunch has been released and the price ($60 per person) includes first drink. Local and delicious food matched with amazing ales… what more could you want? Seats are limited and bookings are essential. Contact Waterfalls Cafe by email or phone 6288 1526. You can also follow the Fagus Weekend on Facebook.

Fagus Weekend - Menu Waterfalls Cafe Lazy Lunch
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Menu for the Fagus Weekend Lazy Lunch

Lazy Lunch and Photography Tour

Join the photography tour on Sunday 3 May with Shutterbug Walkabouts Tasmania to Mt Field National Park. The deal includes transport departing Hobart’s CBD at 7.30am and a guided photographic walk to the Tarn Shelf. The walk will start at Lake Dobson, pass through stands of pandani and snow gums before reaching the alpine altitudes of the tarn shelf to witness the colours of the fagus. To what colour the fagus has turned will be all-dependent on mother nature!

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Fagus Weekend (photo by Shutterbug Walkabouts Tasmania)

The Shutterbug Walkabouts tour price ($290 per person) covers snacks, bottled water and a light packed lunch. Participants will be required to either hold or purchase their own national park pass, and Coreena can help arrange this separately if required. The group size will consist of six participants and two professional guides: Coreena and husband Roy Vieth. For more detailed information about the fagus weekend photography tour, visit the Shutterbug Walkabouts website where you can book and pay online.

Turning of the Fagus

For those uninitiated with the Turning of the Fagus, we’ll quote Carol Haberle, as we so often do…

We have a purely endemic experience which goes almost unnoticed, only ever seen in Tasmania: he Turning of the Fagus.

Tasmania can lay claim to only one native deciduous tree, Deciduous beech (Nothofagus gunnii), or fagus as it is best-known. The Deciduous Beech is a direct link back to the ancient supercontinent of Gondwana. Fossil records found at Cethana in northern Tasmania date back 35 million years to the early Oligocene period. A small tree, usually growing to 2 metres or less, and found only in places many would call inhospitable. Known also by European Settlers as ‘tanglefoot’, it can be the bane of a bushwalker getting caught in it’s twisted, ground hugging branches. But this usually insignificant tree is Australia’s only winter-deciduous tree, and can be found nowhere else in the world. The autumn display it gives is a kaleidoscope of greens, yellows, oranges and browns, and generally begins to occur around ANZAC day and only lasts two to three weeks.

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Turning of the Fagus, Cradle Mountain (photos by Carol Haberle)

Scientists, botanists, naturists, conservationists and bushwalkers the world over have been known to make an annual pilgrimage to Tasmania to see what is locally known as the Turning of the Fagus, where it can be best seen creating a fiery blaze on mountainsides at Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park or in regions of Mt Field National Park.

Rachel and Coreena are right to be excited about Fagus Weekend and the events they’ve organised. It’s so great to see them collaborating as well… we do love that here at Think Tasmania! Rachel lives onsite at Mt Field and Roy and Coreena are heading up there again over the Easter weekend for another walk. Sounds like both parties will be very well informed about where things are at with the Turning of the Fagus over the coming weeks.

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Fagus Weekend (photo by Shutterbug Walkabouts Tasmania)

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Fagus Weekend (photo by Shutterbug Walkabouts Tasmania)

Photos for this article were supplied by Roy and Coreena Vieth of Shutterbug Walkabouts Tasmania and taken during last year’s Turning of the Fagus season.

Shutterbug Walkabouts Tasmania and Waterfalls Cafe Mt Field National Park are both registered members of Think Tasmania.

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