Day trips with the family are something that I love to plan for and do every few months. I think it is vitally important that we get out of our daily routines and explore the city, a museum or the countryside as a family. I often hear our children talk about a memory from one of our days out and it warms my heart. Hopefully these are things they will remember about their childhood long into the future.
Probably one of the best kept secrets in the hills of Melbourne is the forest of Californian Redwood trees, a few kilometres outside Warburton. We took my parents with us recently and had a lovely day out.
These trees were planted in around 1930 following clearing of the original eucalypt forest. There are over 1,400 trees ranging from 20 metres in height to the tallest being 55 metres. They look amazing especially because they are planted in a grid. Walking through the forest will lead you to the river where there are further walking tracks. We took a picnic lunch with us which was perfect in this setting.
Please note there are no public toilets at the Redwood Forest.
You can find this fascinating forest by driving through Warburton, following the Warburton Highway until it becomes Woods Point Road. After about 7 km, look for Cement Creek Road on the left. The road is unsealed and a little rough in places, but 0.7 km along you will find a small parking area on the right along a fenceline. Otherwise, just type Cement Creek Rd, Warburton East into your GPS.
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