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Probably the first thing I noticed about Laura, was the lovely avenue of Pepper Trees.
Pepper trees are a large and spreading tree growing to a height of 12m.
They grow extremely well in the north of Australia as they are resistant to fire and drought.
The tree has drooping fern-like leaves with many leaflets which are aromatic when crushed. Flowers hang in clusters with the female flowers turning into bright red berries. In paddocks, you will see Sheep and Cattle underneath them, they appreciate the shade from these trees in the hot climate.
Homestead gardens often planted them for much needed shade too!
Written Jun 20, 2012
Favorite thing: The delightful town of Laura is nestled into the eastern slopes of the southern Flinders Ranges. Situated on the banks of the southerly flowing (and I use the term loosely as it seldom is) Rocky River, amid stately red gums, Laura is a perfect base from which to visit the many surrounding attractions and scenic drives.
Laura is the home of famed Golden North Ice cream. You can taste some delicious ice cream varieties at friendly cafes in the main street.
Fondest memory: Don't get too excited when you see the information centre. Sometimes it's open, sometimes it's not. It's that sort of town.
Updated Jul 4, 2010