The timber was once used to craft whim and wagon wheels,
journals for propeller shafts, decking for wagons, telegraph
pegs and tool handles. After World War II, a tuart mill was
built at Ludlow for rolling stock construction.
Places to see the Tuart
Tuarts are endemic to Western Australia. They are found growing in coastal regions,
specifically the Swan Coastal Plain that stretches from Jurien
Bay, north of Perth to Busselton in the south. They seem to prefer
the sandy soils found in the coastal limestone areas stretching 200 km
either side of Perth. Tuarts fall into six distinct tuart
ecosystems, of which four are considered rare due to their
limited range and size. One such eco system is the Ludlow Tall
Tuart Forest, where the trees are taller than anywhere else in
the state, with some reaching 40 metres or more and
approximately 500 years old. Tuart forest can also be seen in
Forest National Park.
White gum, duart.
DEC - Conserving our tuarts and
Cable Sands - The Ludlow Tall Tuart Forest