Walk Amongst Giants: The Cement Creek Redwoods

Discover the magic of Cement Creek Forest

Nestled in the lush Yarra Ranges National Park, Cement Creek Redwood Forest feels like a portal to another world. Towering Californian Redwoods, with their striking cinnamon hues, create an atmosphere of serene wonder. Just a 15-minute drive from Warburton and an hour and a half from Melbourne, this unique spot offers a peaceful retreat for nature lovers and curious explorers alike.

Walk Amongst Giants

Imagine stepping into a living experiment. As you wander beneath the towering Redwoods, their textured bark whispering tales of time, remember these majestic trees weren’t always part of the Yarra Ranges. Planted in the 1930s for a hydrology project, they now stand alongside Douglas Firs and Bishop Pines, creating a striking contrast of textures and hues. Though younger than their Californian counterparts, their orderly rows have a unique, almost mystical, charm. The Cement Creek area has been the traditional home of the Wurundjeri people for thousands of years, and their connection to this land continues to this day.

Giant Redwoods Victoria
Giant Redwoods Cement Creek Victoria

Summer Tranquility

In summer, Cement Creek transforms with a vibrant energy as sunlight filters through the forest canopy. As you venture deeper into the Redwood grove, the air cools, offering a peaceful retreat. Look closely, and you might find delicate native orchids like greenhoods and cinnamon bells, their blooms adding whimsical beauty. Listen for the melodious calls of native birds flitting through the trees, and the soothing murmur of the nearby Yarra River.

Beyond the Redwood Curtain

The magic of Cement Creek extends beyond the awe-inspiring Redwoods. Follow the meandering embrace of Cement Creek, its gurgling melody leading you towards the mighty Yarra River. Immerse yourself in the diverse tapestry of native flora – ferns like the delicate Blechnum nudum (wonga fern) and Doodia aspera (rough rasp fern) unfurl their fronds, towering Eucalyptus regnans (mountain ash) and Eucalyptus obliqua (messmate) whisper secrets in the breeze. As you walk, keep an eye out for playful yellow robins flitting through the dappled sunlight, adding a splash of avian joy to the scene.

Unveiling Hidden Gems

For the adventurous spirit, the nearby O’Shannassay Aqueduct Trail beckons. Lace up your walking shoes for a scenic hike that extends your Redwood adventure. If you’re seeking a more challenging climb, experience the trails of Mount Donna Buang, its panoramic vistas rewarding your effort with breathtaking beauty.

Beyond the Redwood Curtain
Beyond the Redwood Curtain

A Gentle Reminder

Weather and travel conditions can change quickly, so it’s important to always check the local conditions on the Parks Victoria website before you visit. If the carpark is buys, consider parking at O’Shannassy Aqueduct Trail to enjoy a scenic walk into the forest. So, pack your picnic basket, breathe in the crisp air, and prepare to be enchanted by the magic of Cement Creek Redwood Forest. It’s a place where towering trees whisper stories of time, diverse flora paints a vibrant picture, and the serenity of nature washes over you, leaving you refreshed and rejuvenated.

Additional Interesting Facts

  • The tallest Redwood in the forest stands at an impressive 55 meters.
  • The Redwoods are estimated to be around 90 years old, though some sources say closer to 80.
  • The forest is a popular spot for picnics, walks, and photography.

The Cement Creek Redwood Forest in the Yarra Ranges National Park has become an increasingly popular site for visitation over the last few years thanks to the enchanting and photogenic Californian Redwood trees. Visitors to the Yarra Ranges National Park will enjoy greater accessibility, new facilities and increased protection of the environment through a new project at the Redwood Forest.

Getting There

The main entrance to Cement Creek Redwood Forest via Cement Creek Road is now open, following works completed by Yarra Ranges Council to upgrade the bridge and road. From Warburton, follow Warburton Highway/Woods Point Road for about seven kilometres to find Cement Creek Road on your left. Less than one kilometre along this unsealed road leads to a small car park and entrance.

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