A casual writer who is keen to share knowledge of living and working in South East Asia and loves exploring and writing about the gems that exist in the communities, arts and culture of Adelaide and towns and cities further afield.
Published April 14th 2014
The majestic Cazneaux's Tree, Flinders Ranges, SA
Before my most recent trip to the Flinders Ranges I had seen images of Cazneaux's tree many a time. On posters promoting South Australia and the Flinders Ranges, on tea towels, postcards etc. But despite this visual exposure I was not prepared for the simple grandeur this single tree possesses when seeing it for real in the fantastic Flinders Ranges landscape. Not only its grandeur, but its age and all that it stood for at the time it was photographed leaves you captivated.
The magestic Cazneax's tree, Wilpena Pound, Flinders Ranges
The best vantage spot to see the tree is accessible via a very short walking trail from a car park and once there a didactic provides some basic information about the tree's history and significance.
Harold Cazneaux said that this photograph was his 'most Australian' at a time when he was traveling throughout South Australia, NSW and Victoria to capture the landscape. The tree has become a symbol of the human endurance, tenacity and human spirit identified by Cazneaux in the indigenous and pioneering people of the region.
The tree, for those interested in its botanical details, is a River Red Gum or Eucalyptus camaldulensis. It was nominated to the National Trust's Register of Significant Trees because of its outstanding aesthetic beauty. This aesthetic beauty is what gained Cazneaux international acclaim after shooting the famous photograph of the tree in 1937, entitled 'Spirit of Endurance'.
How to get there? To get to the tree you can find it on pastoral property on the Wilpena Creek north of Wilpena Pound. The best access is from the Hawker to Blinman Road about 1km north of the Wilpena Pound intersection. There are no restrictions to the site and it is open every day all year round.
This is a must do when in the Flinders Ranges. Any campsite, map or information brochure is likely to give you enough information to be able to find it easily.