Gunung Kidul


Gunung Kidul Regency is one of four regencies in the Special Region of Yogyakarta which of barren limestone hills which have always been experiencing drought. Its capital (Wonosari) is located 39 km from Yogyakarta.

Two hectares of second generation A. auriculiformis seedling seed orchard was established at Petak 93, Playen, Gunung Kidul on 2015. The orchard was laid out using Randomized Complete Block Design with spacing of 1.5 x 3m and 33 block consist of 30 families from 3 provenances (PNG, Australia and Indonesia). The site was dominated by vertisol soil which has average annual rainfall 1,984mm/y and its climate categorized as C (Schmidt and Fergusson).

Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) has a demonstration plantation of Acacia auriculiformis located at the FORDA Field Station at Gunung Kidul established in 2013.  The purposes of this demonstration plantation are for pulpwood and saw-log regime. The seed used in this plantation were wild seed from Australian Tree Seed Centre (ATSC) and improved seed from PT. Musi Hutan Persada and Forest Science Institute of Vietnam (FSIV).

Figure 1. Second generation of Acacia auriculiformis seedling seed orchards at Playen, Gunung Kidul Regency

Gunung Kidul Regency is a region that is full with echanting destination from caves, waterfalls, beaches and other natural beauties. Besides visiting the location of the plantation, conference participants will be invited to visit one of the famous tourist spots in Gunung Kidul, namely Pindul Cave. Pindul Cave is a cave formed by karst with Underground River located about 7 kilometres south of the city centre Wonosari, Gunung Kidul.  Pindul Cave is known for the cave tubing that visitors can do and is done with tires that float above the underground river inside the cave, this activity known as cave tubing. There are gaps above the cave that can be passed as a pathway to enter vertically.

Figure 2. Beautiful caves: Pindul, Seropan, Jomblang, and Gelatik