Ever wondered why these Pine trees are scattered along the coastline of Australia?
Captain James Cook is the first European known to have sighted Norfolk Island and these tall pines. On his second voyage around 1774, he saw forests of these perfectly straight trees and thought they’d make excellent masts and yards for shipping.
Orders were issued to take seedlings from Norfolk Island and replant along the Australian coast as they sailed. Unfortunately, when the time came to use them as masts, they found that the timber was too soft and flexible.
By this time so many were already planted and reproduce. Today, councils continue to plant these to keep areas visually the same. Also because the size and frequency of these scattered along coastlines – pilots are also known to use a visual markers.