Wentworth Falls Lake Sculpture Walk
Take a walk and discover the carved sandstone sculptures in the park.
Old-man Banksia is a revered archivist of the bush, recording and storing the passage of time and events in its knobbly grey bark that fissures with age. With a gnarled ancient appearance it has a distinguished place in the small tree layer of open-forests and woodlands.
Its sturdy leaves are up to 16cm long and evenly serrated. Green and waxy above, the underside is a velvety grey-green. In summer thousands of flowers assemble in stocky creamy-grey spikes, and produce copious nec- tar that attracts insects, birds and possums.
Only some of the flowers develop into the large brown velvety smooth seed pods which project like heavy eyelids from the shaggy grey hair of the long withered styles. It may take years, or even a fire, before each pod opens to reveal two black winged seeds.