Probably one of the best kept secrets in our local area is the Redwood Forest and it’s only just a few kilometers outside of Warburton! Who knew?
The following information is from the Victorian Heritage Database to give you an idea of what this magical place is all about:
‘The Californian Redwood trees were planted by the Board of Works about 1930 following clearing of the original eucalypt forest. Trees planted were: Bishop Pine, Douglas Fir and Californian Redwood. Further plantings of Radiata Pine, Western Red Cedar and Redwood took place in 1960–63. The plantations were selected for experimental purposes as part of the Board’s hydrogrogy research program.
Why are they significant? The Californian Redwood trees are significant because of the history and extent of the plantation. There are over 1476 trees ranging from 20 meters to the tallest being 55 meters. They are in good condition and as they are planted in a grid are aesthetically pleasing to the eye. They are a contribution to the landscape by the sheer number of trees as well as containing possibly the tallest and most interesting Sequoia sempervirens in Victoria.
This beautiful area can be found by driving through Warburton, along the Warburton Highway until it eventually becomes Woods Point Road. It’s only about another 7km’s until you come to Cement Creek Road on your left. This is an unsealed road and is a bit rough in some places, but just keep going a short distance you will come to a parking area. It can get busy during weekends and holiday times so be patient and you will find somewhere to park! Walk through the small gate and there you are!
Stepping into the forest for the first time will take your breath away! It’s a unique experience and one well worth taking the time to explore. You can take a picnic and just relax and enjoy the serenity!