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Californian Redwoods in the Otways

18/05/2018
1 min read
The Californian Redwood plantation in the Otway National Park is Victoria’s best kept secret. The Redwoods are an introduced species to the Great Ocean Road but they sure complement its natural appeal. Stepping into the forest is like entering another world full of magic and fantasy; the air turns moist and an eery silence falls in the shade of the canopy. Just a gentle stroll from the car park, follow the trickling Aire River and appreciate these giant, picturesque trees. At 60-metres tall and only 80-years of age, these Californian Redwoods are classified as infants and could grow up to double the size. There’s roughly 100 Redwoods, some of which have fallen to bridge across the river. The forest floor can become very muddy after rain and the facilities are very basic; limited parking and two picnic tables. Beech Forest is a hotspot for natural wonders, be sure to visit Hopetoun Falls and Beauchamp Falls too.

How to get to The Redwoods:

  1. Travel Towards The Redwoods car park on Binns Road. **
  2. Park at the designated car park and walk 20-metres to the opening in the trees.
  3. Take a self guided walk beneath the giants.
** Binns Road is unsealed, narrow, windy and is often rough. No signposts to direct and mobile reception will most likely drop out – set your directions early.

Highlights:

  • Photography
  • Exploring
  • Wilderness

My Review: @mattcharlesworth

“I had visited Beech Forest to see the waterfalls once before but it wasn’t until the second road trip that we discovered the Californian Redwoods. There’s limited parking but it’s unlikely to be busy, we had this beautiful spot to ourselves. I followed a trail that traced the river bed for a kilometre or so but it did not appear to lead anywhere. Regardless, wandering beneath these giants feels so surreal, transported to the Cali’ Coast just a short drive from the Great Ocean Road.”

Best Conditions:

All year round; however, can be very muddy after rain.

Difficulty:

Very easy. Camping? Yes, free camping at Beauchamp Falls Dogs? Not Permitted. Toilets? No.

mattcharlesworth

I love filling my weekends with outdoor adventures. I spend a lot of time at Phillip Island surfing and have a dream of converting a van into a sleeper for some serious down under trips.

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