A delightful mix of human intervention and a natural spectacle, has combined to produce a magical Redwood forest in East Warburton. Over 200 Californian Redwood trees lie in a perfect grid formation, hidden in the rich wine region of the Yarra Valley.
Over 80 years ago, a revegetation program was born in the area. The introduced species Sequoia Sempervirens (the fancy name) were planted in Warburton as part of an experiment. Believe it or not but these Redwoods are only infants, the tallest stands at a modest 55m. Natives on the Californian coast can grow up to 115m!
From the first few steps, the Warburton Redwood Forest carries an overwhelming feeling of eeriness. Feel the chill as the Redwood canopy casts its shadow and listen as the subtle ambience turns to silence. Large creepy “bird’s nests” are scattered throughout the forest, remnants of art by David Digapony who weaves portal like sculptures from fallen branches.
How to get to the East Warburton Redwood Forest:
- Travel towards Cement Creek Road in Warburton. **
- Once on Cement Creek Road, drive for another 800 metres or so.
- After crossing the bridge, look for a small clearing and a gate on your right hand side.
- Park here and venture through the small walkway and into the forest.
** Cement Creek Road is unsealed and can be rough in sections; however, most cars will make it.
Late Afternoon for sun rays poking through the canopy. All year round.
Camping? No free camping close by. Dogs? Not Permitted. Toilets? No.