Visit Victoria's 80yr old Californian Redwood Forest, 1.5hr drive from Melbourne
The Redwood Forest in Warburton has long been on our day-trip radar.
Redwood Forest in Warburton
This beautiful part of Victoria, which is now a Heritage Listed National Park, has an interesting back story; the forest exists due to an experiment.
In the 1930s over 1476 trees were planted by the Board of Works following a clearing of a eucalypt forest.
The plantations were selected for experimental purposes for a hydrogrogy research program. You can read more about the history of the forest here.
The trees have flourished since. Visit this spectacular forest now and you will be enveloped in tranquility. Ginormous sequoia sempervirens climb high into the skies - and to think they are still young by redwood tree standards.
Our children wanted nothing but to run, and they did just that. We also went in search of "dragons nests"; bundles of branches pieced together to make a "nest" form. These bundles aren't hard to find, we found a teepee too.
Dragons nests in the Redwood Forest, Warburton
The word "magical" is flown around a lot but the Redwood Forest in Warburton really is just that; a magical place. It's hard to explain the feeling you get until you visit this very special National Park, you'll have to go and see for yourselves.
A few points to note when you visit the Redwood Forest in Warburton:
Dogs are not permitted in the Redwood Forest because it is a National Park.
There is a carpark right next to the forest so it is suitable for small children and prams.
The forest can be difficult to find without GPS. At the time of writing, there were no directions or signs from the main town of Warburton.
The Redwood Forest is 8km from the centre of Warburton were you will find plenty of cafes and amenities.
Don't expect a huge forest. The trees are tall but the Redwood Forest itself is not large; it would be difficult to get lost unless the kids decide to play hide and seek!