As soon as exams finished, the first thing I was itching to do was visit East Warburton Redwood Forest (@VisitWaburton), and so, that’s exactly what I did. I found out about this beautiful forest after seeing it featured on Instagram. Being the avid photographer and wanderlust filled person that I am, of course I had to make my mark on this place too.
Redwood Forest, as the name suggests, is a forest of towering Californian Redwood Trees. Following the clearing of the original eucalypt forest, the redwood trees were then planted in 1930-1960s for research purposes. The forest has now been listed as a Heritage site.
The drive to the forest was fairly easy – for majority of the trip we were following Warburton Highway all the way to the end. I was surprised that there would be such a beautiful forest in Warburton despite being in the area so many times. The forest itself is located at 25 Cement Creek Road, about 8km east of the town of Warburton. Cement Creek Road is an unsealed gravel road and because it was raining that day, the car tiers got a bit muddy and yucky.
As we continued down Cement Creek Road, we were slightly put off by a bridge that said “maximum load of 8 tonnes”. We looked at each other and thought, “um….are we going in the right direction?” “How much is 8 tonnes?”. With a quick shoulder shrug and a #yolo mindset, we drove across the wooden bridge, holding our breaths in case the bridge snapped and we felled into the river below. Luckily that didn’t happen. We were so relieved to see a small car park where a handful of cars were parked just around the corner form the bridge. We had made it to the forest all in one piece. (PS. I now know that 8 tonnes is equivalent to 8000kgs -phew)
Walking through the gated entrance, the forest was situated in the middle of an empty grassland. It was a pretty spectacular sight because you have this flat open grass field and then, you have these redwood trees tall enough to reach the sky in the middle of the empty land.
The most striking thing about Redwood forest is that the trees are planted equally distances apart in a grid formation. It’s like a piece of living artwork. The forest is enchanting and words cannot describe how beautiful it is. Simply saying it is beautiful is an understatement. Redwood Forest is everything I imagined a magical forest in a fantasy story to look like. With every step I took, I could feel the magic of the forest pulse through me as I walked into heart of the ancient woods. Like any magical forest should have, Redwood forest is home to large, plump poisonous toadstools growing proudly on the forest floor. We came across a red cap toadstool with white spots. For those who play Mario, you would have instantly thought of the red and white power-ups toadstools. But if you are like me, and completely in love with all things medieval and fantasy, the red and white toadstool was definitely iconic of the toadstools featured in children’s fairy tales.
In addition to deadly mushrooms, scattered throughout the forest floor and located in between trees were wooden branches twisted into large circles. On Instagram, people referred to these large circles as “Winter Portals”. It is a very fitting name given it is winter now and the forest itself is very magical. I wouldn’t be surprised if the winter portal did take you to a far-off magical land if you stepped through it haha.
And of course, the day would not be complete without a photoshoot of Redwood Forest and my all-time favorite rainbow umbrella. I think the darkness of the forest is a nice juxtaposition to the bright and colorful umbrella.
What else is there to do around Warburton?
Boinga Bob’s Treehouse – review here
To experience a touch of Brazil and the Amazon blended in with the culture of Cambodia, India and China, why not visit Boinga Bob’s treehouse? There is a wonderful history behind this beautiful piece of architecture and I would definitely recommend a visit.
Mt Donna Buang + Rain forest Gallery – review here
Take a 20 min stroll among the lavish tree canopies at Rain-forest Gallery. Continue up the mountain road, and enjoy the beautiful views of the Yarra Valley at Mt Donna Buang’s lookout tower. During the winter, watch the landscape transform into frozen landscape of snow.
Seasonal Attractions on the way to Warburton:
Rayner’s Orchards for Fruit Picking- review here
There is an on site cafe for those after a nice lunch. You can also join the paid tour where you are allowed to eat as much fruit as you can. A major highlight for me was seeing the sunflower fields in summer. Oh and I heard, during the spring, the peach and cherry orchards blossoms into a sea of pink!
Blue Lotus Farm – review here
Although the entrance fee is very pricey, the oriental gardens are stunning!
And last by not least, thankyou to all the random people who have ended up in my photos. I don’t know you and you don’t know me, but you make my photos oh so lovely. Shout out to all of you