The Majestic Eucalypt
Silverton’s creeks are home to big, beautiful Silverton Red Gums (Eucalyptus camaldulensis var obtuse) which a sub species of River Red Gum. This species is unique to the area and is often captured by artists due to their beautifully coloured and textured trunks that are quite a contrast to the bluebush country surrounding them.
The Silverton Gum is extremely tolerant of the desert environment so is a valuable species for regeneration of areas of high salinity. Some of the tress within the local creek environment can be over 100 years old. Even if they are not alive and growing they continue to provide essential homes for wildlife such as echidnas, lizards, bats, insects and birds. You may be lucky enough to see Rainbow Bee Eaters, Variegated Fairy Wrens, White- Winged Fairy Wrens, various species of Honeyeaters and Finches just to name a few. At sunset and at dark the bats can also be heard nearby.
Can you Cut Firewood from the Area?
Firewood collection is not permitted unless the appropriate licences are in place. The surrounds of Silverton are Crown Lands who do not permit firewood collection without appropriate licences.
The Eucalypt trees do not grow easily or quickly due to low rainfall. They also have value for many; the wildlife, the local people, tourists and the environment in general. However, their environmental and aesthetic value ceases when they are cut down and used for firewood.
The Creeks can Rise as Fast as they Fall
It is not advisable to camp in the creeks, Silverton’s creeks are usually dry so can be deceiving and lull visitors into a sense of disbelief that the creeks in the area can run fast and furiously. During periods of heavy rain, the creeks can flow without warning, becoming raging floodwaters very quickly. The creeks are fed by a huge catchment area, so it doesn’t have to rain in Silverton for the creeks to flow.
Be very careful driving through creeks which are flowing across the road. The water may be much deeper than it looks and is often flowing very quickly. It is better to err on the side of caution and wait for the water to subside which may be a couple of hours or it could be overnight.
Can you Drive in the Creeks?
No, driving in the creeks is not permitted.
The creeks are wonderful subjects for artists, photographers and bird watchers. They are largely situated on Crown Land and driving or riding motor bikes in the creek beds is not permitted. Vehicles erode the creek beds and banks and contribute to flooding in some areas of the Silverton Village and surrounding areas. Park your car and walk. Take in the beauty of our environment and be considerate of our flora and
fauna and the local residents.
Eldee Station is situated just north of Silverton and offers recreational 4WD Tracks and accommodation. Naomi and Stephen may be contacted on (08) 8091 2578. Please support this local business and protect our environment.
The only Items left behind should be Footprints
Silverton’s Creeks are a wonderful place to:
- Set up your easel and paint our beautiful trees.
- Take your camera for a walk and photograph the abundant flora and fauna.
- Have a picnic in a creek with the family under the shade of a big, beautiful Silverton Gum tree.
- Park the car and go for a walk, taking in the sights, sounds and smells of the Outback.
- Driving vehicles and riding motorbikes in the creek beds is NOT PERMITTED.
- Cutting down trees or collecting fallen timber for firewood is NOT PERMITTED.
- Your dog is welcome, but it must be kept on a lead and you must clean up after it.