LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY > SOUTHWEST NATIONAL PARK – SOUTH COAST TRACK REGION – TASMANIA > Pig Face Flowers (Carpobrotus rossi) at South Cape Bay (South Coast Track, Southwest National Park)
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Native pig face (carpobrotus rossii) is the only species of pig face native to Tasmania, hence the name. As a succulent, they store water in their stems in order to survive in salty, coastal regions. Their leaves, flowers and fruit are edible and were used for food and medicine by the Tasmanian aborigines. Its floral peak usually extends from mid November to mid December. It is found in great masses along the sand dunes and rocks at South Cape Bay.
South Cape Bay is the southernmost point of Australia and is located within Tasmania’s Southwest National Park World Heritage Area. South Cape Bay can be accessed by either the easy way or the hard way. The easy way is to start at Cockle Creek and walk for a couple of hours over relatively flat terrain with variable scenery through dry eucalypt forests, marshy heathlands and coastal shrub. The hard way is to fly into Melaleuca and walk for seven days (74 km (46 mi)) on Tasmania’s famous “South Coast Track”.
Southwest National Park World Heritage Area is Tasmania’s largest park at 6183 square km (2387 square mi). With its jagged quartzite mountain peaks, battered coastlines and buttongrass moorlands, it is Tasmania’s most remote, wild and rugged wilderness.