Hayman Island is just off the coast of Queensland, Australia and adjacent to the Great Barrier Reef. We visited on a recent holiday to celebrate our wedding anniversary. I took the opportunity to explore the tropical plantings around the resort and we hiked over the top of the island.
My wife and I love to travel and I always try and find the local wildlife.
This is the view from the top of the island overlooking the One & Only resort situated on Hayman Island.
The only way to arrive at the island and the One & Only resort is by a swanky boat. The glass of champagne and the air conditioning are welcome relief from the steamy Queensland heat.
Shapes and Colours
Below is a close up of the beautiful Fan Palm or Travellers palm (Ravenala madagascariensis) which is found all over the cultivated parts of the resort. Beside it sits the rivets of a type of Gum Tree bark.
Gum Tree Comparison
The variety of gums, or Eucalypts, is always impressive. I’m used to seeing Eucalytpus gunnii growing in gardens in the UK and for a while we had 2 flanking the top steps in our first home back in Devon. It would be interesting to see how large they’ve become after 6 years!.
The large-flowered varieties in Oz show a huge range of flower colours and shapes as you can see below.
Profit and Pest
There are imported bananas on the island to add a tropical backdrop to the pool areas. On the mainland there are huge swathes of agriculture dedicated to bananas and it was great fun on our honeymoon driving amongst them. The plant on the right is the Narrow leaf cotton bush (Gomphocarpus fruticosus). This is considered a pest in some parts of Western Australia. Up close it’s a lovely plant with perfumed white flowers. Displayed at the same time as the blooms are the spiky balls of the seed heads. Good fun!
It’s lovely seeing plants growing wild in their natural habitats. You can see why some gum trees just don’t thrive in the UK as here they’re growing in rocky sloped ground and being baked by intense UV light. Not the easiest conditions to recreate at home.