This self-guided walk will introduce you to a number of wattles (Acacia) that grow in Central Australia.
There are over 1000 different wattles in Australia and over 1300 worldwide. The wattle has been regarded as our national flower since 1901; however it was not until 1988 that Golden Wattle (Acacia pycnantha) officially became our national emblem.
Wattles have been used extensively by Aboriginal people and by European settlers for timber, firewood and food. The seeds of several different species are an important food resource for Aboriginal people, and more recently wattle seed products have been developed for the growing bushfood market. Wattle is the predominant habitat type across Central Australia.