The Heath Banksia is an attractive shrub with bright orange red flowers. It is a good bird attracting plant especially the nectar eating types.
In summer when the flowers are dripping with nectar you can smell the almost sickeningly sweet scent a mile away. The nectar can be sucked from the flowers or flowers can be dunked in water to produce a sweet drink. Dead Banksia flowers are to some Australian kids what pine cones are to children in other parts of the world.
Children love collecting them and displaying them or using them in various craft projects (Sticking on some eyes and a few twigs for arms and legs makes something akin to a furry version of a pet rock)