We visit one of the most beautiful places nature has to offer in Victoria, the stunning Redwood Forest at Cement Creek in Warburton.
On Australia Day 2017, Cindy and I decided to head away from all the parties and BBQs and music countdowns, and instead immerse ourselves in the peace and tranquility of Redwood Forest.
This hidden wonderland is located in Warburton at the base of the Yarra Ranges and was originally planted as an experiment. Yep, you read that right. The Board of Works in the early 1930s decided to conduct an experiment to see the effects growing Redwoods in the Yarra Ranges would have on canopy interception. I honestly have no idea what that means nor is there a record of what the results of the experiment were. What I can tell you is that it did result in a spectacular world to explore.
As soon as you step through the trees into the entrance you are transported to Middle Earth - at least that’s what it feels like. Immediately the sheer size and beauty of the forest is overwhelming and I felt a sense of calm and peace two steps in.
One of the best parts of this forest are the “sculptures” that local artist, David Digapony, has created. They look like giant birds nests on the ground, and are a clear favourite for people to take photos in (myself included).
After playing around in the nests and taking some great photos of the trees (like this one of the canopy overhead)…
… Cindy and I made our way through the trees and out the other side, where we followed a track that led down to Cement Creek. Don’t let the name fool you as it really doesn’t do it justice because it was absolutely beautiful.
There are plenty of spots along the edge to sit and dangle your feet in (watch out though as the water is quite chilly), or else to just take in your surroundings.
If you continue to follow the creek you’ll find a number of other tracks to explore that intertwine with each other. If you go in the summer just be sure to keep an eye out for the typical summer dangers such as snakes and bees. You’ll also find plenty of fallen trees and logs in and along the river to climb on if you’re game. I gave it a try but wasn’t brave enough to completely let go.
All in all I would highly recommend going to see Redwood Forest. It’s a beautiful hidden world to explore and there’s nothing else quite like it. You can also take a picnic and find a spot in the dappled sunshine that comes down through the canopy if you so desire. And if you’re really lucky, you might even see Legolas flitting between the trees.
Until next time,