Explore the Redwoods a short drive from Melbourne City.
For anyone that’s ever travelled the northern reach of California, the nostalgia of the Redwoods illicit a strong sense of longing that’s hard to replicate. For any that haven’t travelled to the USA’s golden state, take a trip to Warburton Redwood Forest for a true-blue taster of California’s Sequoia forests.
Just 90 minutes from Melbourne’s CBD sprawls a state forest unlike the others in Victoria. Originally a Eucalypt forest – in 1930, land clearing made way for the research based planting of over 1500 Californian Redwoods that range from 22 – 50 meters in height, towering above ramblers in their imposing glory.
Popular with photographers and hikers alike – the forest also plays host to natural sculptures created by local artist David Digapony. Park rangers have been known to remove the sculptures before the park opens – but you’ll see their remains in large ‘nest’ like structures throughout the forest.
Douglas Fir, Western Red Cedar and Bishop Pine can also be spotted in the forest and the local Warburton council encourages visitors to bring a picnic and enjoy the peaceful escape – but guests of the forest are asked to treat the area with respect.
You can get to Warburton Sequoia National Park via Cement Creek Road.