• Length: 5.2km

  • Duration: 2hrs

  • Grade: 3

  • Style: Circuit

  • Start: Ada Tree Picnic Area

  • End: Ada Tree Picnic Area

  • Location: Yarra State Forest

  • Closest Town: Warburton

  • Distance from CBD: 100km

  • State: VIC

  • Latitude: -37.81818986

  • Longitude: 145.8678595

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Bitumen Road

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Speed Bumps

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Small Car Park

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Mountain Bike Trail

Historic Rail Trail

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Urban Walk

Coast & Beach

Historic Lighthouse

Waterfalls & Lakes

Rainforest Walk

Goldfields & Mining

Heritage Walk

Aboriginal Art

Alpine Region

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Exposed Ledges

Rock Scrambling

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Bush Bashing

River Crossings

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Ada Tree and Federal Mill Circuit is a 5.2km, grade 3 circuit hike, located in Yarra State Forest, Victoria. The hike should take approximately 2hrs to complete.

Hike Summary

This short Ada Tree and Federal Mill Circuit is a real delight to wander through, it is a very scenic and beautiful hike. Plus it includes the Ada Tree, one of the largest trees in the world. Start at the Ada Tree Picnic area and follow the marked trail to the Ada Tree. Take your time to admire the surrounds. Once you reach the Ada Tree the trail will follow a boardwalk for a short distance and then reach a junction. Go right to follow the trail to Federal Mill. The trail will gradually narrow and you'll find yourself in dark and lush bush again. To your right you will hear and catch glimpses of the creek. Once you reach Federal Mill the trail back is to your left. At the time of writing the trail sign had been vandalised. The trail from here is in more open bush and will soon meet up with the access road. Follow this back to the carpark.

Getting there

There are a number of ways to get there, and once you leave the main road the area is a maze of interconnecting roads. So make sure you bring a map or reliable GPS. From Warburton follow Warburton-Woods Point Road, Brahams Road, Big Creek Road to the east and then Ada River Road. Or via Powelltown - Noojee Road either take Big Creek Road to the east of Powelltown or New Turkey Road to the west of Noojee to Ada River Road.


The circuit can be taken either way. Plus there may be leeches so bring your favourite leech repellent/remedy.

GPX File

Total distance: 5199 m
Max elevation: 791 m
Min elevation: 723 m
Total climbing: 171 m
Total descent: -171 m
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