Back in 1930 the then Board of Works decided to create a Redwood Forest at Warburton. This one predates the Otways Redwood Forest by about nine years.
They cleared some eucylpt trees and planted in their place Bishop Pine, Douglas Fir and Californian Redwoods. This was done for “experimental purposes as part of the Board’s hydrogrogy research program”. There are over 1476 trees ranging from 20 metres to the tallest being 55 metres. I dont know what happened to the program, but the trees are still there, access is unrestricted and the site is just magic. The site is now heritage listed on the Victorian Heritage Database ensuring its survival from logging.
The Yarra River runs at the back of the forest…
and we headed to this first….. we trekked through a narrow goat track and undergrowth to find the river, and then found a wide path coming back. In the forest, none of us though to record our Indiana Jones moment 🙁
The River is lined with lush green tree ferns, water tumbled and washed over rocks…..not a sound except for running water and the birds…. we were only able to get down to the river at one point, with high banks preventing access most of the length, but the spot we found was beautiful and we spent about an hour there.
Back in the forest we found more ‘odd’ evidence on what happens in a Redwood Forest (on a full moon?). Dotted throughout the forest were circles made from twigs and branches, and in one instance a small shelter. There were dozens of the circles, a couple shaped like large nests…… more than a bit ‘Blair Witch’ and no way would I go in there after dark 😉
Drive through Warburton, following the Warburton Highway until it becomes Woods Point Road. After about 7 km, take Cement Creek Road on the left. The road is unsealed and a little rough in places, but 0.7 km along you will find a small parking area on the right along a fenceline and small gate barrier. Walk through the barrier and there you are. Walking through the plantation will lead you down to the river where there are walking tracks each way.