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Tjilpi

Thanks for the link to the Umbrella Tree's site. I quite like Lantana, despite it being an exotic. Dad used to make a very neat square-edged hedge of it.

I found it odd that an Australian movie was titled Lantana.

pablo

I'm going to put this on my list of things to see when I finally visit Australia (in my next lifetime, probably).

Jude

Re Lantana: growing up in the semi-desert of South Australia, I remember orange and mauve lantana bushes as highly cultivated exotics in the local parks. There's a new dwarf variety out now, an attractive gold colour, that is popular here as a garden shrub. But if you're someone who's ever battled with it on a farm, it's not something you would be tempted to plant.

'Lantana', the movie, was fabulous! And I seem to remember there were some bushes featured in the film that justified the name.

Pablo, trust me, there are 1,000 other things you should think about seeing in Australia before making a bee-line for the Hinterland Park.

Ronni Bennett

I hat no idea hinterland was the actual name of a place. I thought it just meant backcountry or a remote region far from an urban area.

Jude

No, Ronni, it isn't an actual place, but the Gold Coast City Council uses the term, usually with a capital 'H, to denote the inland region within its jurisdiction that is not part of the tourist-attracting coastal strip. In order to attract more visitors, tourism brochures commonly refer to the region as 'The Green Behind the Gold'. Our hinterland region consists of a large number of distinct and separately-named suburbs and villages.

In many other parts of Australia the term Hinterland is used in the same way, to denote rural and residential enclaves adjacent to any main coastal centre.

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