The baby brother of Warburton’s Redwood forest may be even more beautiful…
One of Victoria’s major tourist attractions and a classic day trip from Melbourne is the Redwood forest in Waburton. However, it’s the smaller yet equally beautiful Redwoods in Beech Forest – the Otways that is a hidden gem you must pay a visit to!
Inside the Great Otway National Park, the 85-year-old plantation is left over from the logging industry that used to operate here in the 1930s. Essentially we have a slice of California right here close to Melbourne. The Redwoods (native to California) offer a truly mesmerising and mystical natural wonderland that has thrived in the Otways soil.
Whilst smaller than its Yarra cousin that many are familiar with, some think it is actually more beautiful and you are more likely to have an intimate experience here away from a plethora of selfie sticks.
Standing nearly 70m tall, the Redwoods are well on their way to potentially reach the heights of those far away in California at up to 115m so long as our infamous bushfires stay away.
The canopy creates a magic and beautiful silence (except for the trickle of the Aire River and local wildlife) for you to escape the big smoke and get a taste of being in a land traditionally far, far away from home! Perfect for these times with international boarders slammed shut.
Whilst smaller than Warburton’s Redwood forest, you’ll be happy to stay here for hours snapping every inch of the area whilst sitting down for a picnic in one of the most visually stunning places we have in Victoria.
It’s the perfect addition for any trip down the Great Ocean Road so make sure you check it out but try and keep your lips sealed on this one to keep the crowds at bay!
Photo Credit: Great Ocean Road Visitor Information Centre