Mt Keira


Mt Keira's subtropical rainforest is an ideal location for students Stage 3 - stage 6. Programs conducted at Mt Keira include: Global Environments, Biophysical Interactions, Ecosystems at Risk and Local Ecosystems. Mt Keira lookout offers extensive views across the Illawarra coastal plain, University of Wollongong, Wollongong CBD, Lake Illawarra and the industrial area of Port Kembla. West of Mt Keira and perched upon a natural bench of the Illawarra escarpment is the Mt Keira Scout Camp. Shale soils provide moderate levels of nutrient while the gully's aspect to the south is exposed to moisture laden clouds from the sea. Within this conservation area exists an extensive assemblage of sub-tropical rainforest species sustained by the sunlight which at best casts broken patchy shade upon the rainforest floor. This shaded cool environment features a mixed canopy layer, buttressed roots of large figtrees, epiphytes such as birds nest ferns and woody vines. No single species is dominant, there is a mixture of Red Cedar, Giant Stinging Tree, Illawarra Flame Tree, Crab Apple, Maidens Blush, Brown Beech, Sassafrass, Coachwood, Cabbage Palm and Lilly Pilly. At ground level Maiden Hair ferns and climbing ferns take advantage of the shaded filtered light. While leaf litter is quickly broken down by bacteria and fungi to return the nutrients which are the building blocks of life back into the living vegetation. Maps are best viewed in full screen. Click on location pins to view information regarding activities and meeting/departure points.
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View from Mt Keira Summit lookout to Wollongong City in the east.

Buttressed roots of a huge Strangler Fig within the "chapel" of Mt Keira Scout Camp.

Buttressed roots of a huge Strangler Fig within the "chapel" of Mt Keira Scout Camp.