Wirrabara - Mid North Region, South Australia.
Wirrabara claims to be the home of Australian Forestry. It was here in the 1870s that a nursery was established and experiments were carried out that led to the widespread use of Pinus Radiata as the principal Australian harvest tree. The name means 'forest with running water'. The town itself is small and appears to be in a state of decline - even the excellent bakery has moved a few kilometres down the road to Stone Hut. The adjacent forest is magnificent. The old nursery retains many of the experimental trees planted all those years ago. As these were mostly exotics, the autumn leaves are spectacular. The forest is the quietest, stillest place I have ever been and reminds me of the New Forest in England. A weekend in one of the local forest B&Bs is a delight.