The Big Mallee Root Stump Ouyen, Victoria

The Big Mallee Root Stump Ouyen, Victoria

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Posted 2023-12-28 by Mindo Koerberfollow
The Big Mallee Root Stump – Ouyen, Victoria

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Located at Blackburn Park on 6 Calder Highway, Ouyen, Victoria (approximately 4 hours' drive away from Melbourne), we found this big mallee root stump by accident. We stopped at Ouyen for stretch-a-leg and stumbled on this big and extremely hard, woody root of a mallee tree. Mallee tree is sort of dwarf eucalypt that is often used for firewood but is also valued by wood-turners because of its marbled grain.

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Ouyen's Big Mallee Root Stump is an actual mallee root, not an oversized replica, that was unearthed by Albert Holland when he was grading roads in the former Shire of Walpeup. The stump had to be removed to allow Poole Road to be straightened and pave the way to construct the town’s railway land. Now the stump sits pride of place in Blackburn Park.

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In 2017, this giant root put the town on the map after being named the world’s biggest root. More than 1,000 people attended the event which confirmed the famous root as the largest in the world, beating competition from the nearby community of Toolebuc. The massive root has a circumference of 10.69 metres, while its counterpart in Tooleybuc measures 10.55 metres.

You can find almost everything that you need for a quick break between travels at this park - Image taken by the author

Visitors can stroll around Blackburn Park and admire the massive Big Mallee Root Stump, a primary attraction in the park. The park also offers other facilities for visitors such as playgrounds, picnic tables, and a barbecue area.

Nice area for stretch-a-leg - Image taken by the author


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