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28 April 2008

What a lovely bunch of coconuts - in downtown Goodna!

The Barrier Reef Islands and the nearby cities of Townsville and Cairns in Far North Queensland are home to some of the most prolific specimens of coconut trees you could find anywhere in the world.

But in beautiful downtown Goodna, 1700 km south of Cairns, there is a thriving 15 metre coconut tree full of large, healthy coconuts.

Goodna often has sub-zero temperatures in winter with frosts covering the lower parts of the suburb, yet somehow this coconut tree has not only managed to survive but has emerged as one of the largest and most-prolific coconut trees you would see anywhere in Australia.

The amazing 15 metre coconut tree in downtown Goodna.

This freak floral specimen is located in Stanley Street Goodna opposite the Goodna State School and despite winter temperatures down to minus 5 degrees, it is currently displaying a magnificent collection of large coconuts.

Around Main Beach on the Gold Coast, scrawny coconut trees are barely surviving - despite the average temperatures being much higher than the daily temperatures in summer and winter in downtown Goodna.

For those who say that Ipswich is a cold place in winter, just remind them of this amazing coconut tree in the middle of Goodna - the geographic centre of southeast Queensland - which thinks it is in Tropical North Queensland!

So whether you are in Goodna, Gailes, Camira, Bellbird Park, Redbank or Augustine Heights, why not plant a coconut tree in your backyard and see if you can beat this remarkable specimen in downtown Goodna.






Close-up of the lovely bunch of coconuts
in Goodna which experiences temperatures
in winter as low as minus 5 degrees.

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