SEA STACKS, East Coast, Tasmania  Since 2019

The Rivulet..

Nestled in the foothills of Douglas Apsley National Park between the ocean and the forest SEA STACKS rise like pillars from the coastal grasses blending in to become an intimate part of the landscape. Paying respect to the surrounding Denison Rivulet and the peace that comes from being immersed in one of 7 local estuaries.

 

The rivulet itself  is approximately 1.5 kilometers long and consists of 5 hectares of privately owned grassy saltmarsh with minor patches of succulent saltmarsh. It is home to many native birds and wildlife including the Wedge Tail Eagle and Bettong.

 

The rivulet is home to the endangered plant the Ferny Panax (Polyscias s.p. Douglas-Denison) found at only 5 sites in Tasmania, with half of the known plants located in the Denison Rivulet area.

 

The rivulet and beach area are also host to at least 5 breeding pairs of Hooded plovers, 13 pairs of Pied Oystercatchers and one pair of Red-Capped Plovers that come to raise their young in early November.

 

Historically, Aboriginal tribes lived and hunted the area with little disruption to the landscape.  However European settlement, saw the rivulet region regularly set fire by commercial hunters and trappers to clear the landscape. 

 

In the mid 1800’s coal mining shafts and adits were dug in the region after coal was discovered in the Rivulet. Mining ceased in the early 1900’s and since that time the region has been left largely untouched.