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Maria Island is smelling oh so sweet

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During spring and summer, the Australian native plant Kunzea Ambigua, bears small white flowers which fill the Tasmanian air with a sweet honey scent.

Also known as ‘White Kunzea’, ‘Tick Bush’ or ‘Sweet-Scented Kunzea’ can be found in coastal areas of Tasmania and eastern Australia.  Growing to a height of five metres, this native shrub not only smells sweet it also has a multitude of uses:

  • It can be made into an antiseptic oil for cuts and abrasions;
  • The leaves and flowers can be used in cooking. The unique plant can be used as a flavouring herb on meats/roasts, fried in butter, add to bread or our favourite, a native cocktail.
  • Native animals are often found sleeping under Kunzea plants, where they seek relief from ticks and other parasites – hence its popular name of ‘Tick Bush’.

This image is of the White Kunzea at a magical spot called Haunted Bay on The Maria Island Walk.

Explore the island and enjoy this beautiful native plant on The Maria Island Walk.

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