About the listing
Within the heart of the Otways, on the banks of the Aire River south of Beech Forest surrounded by the native eucalypts, stands a spectacular forest of Californian Redwoods (Sequoia sempervirens). This 85 year old plantation of Californian Redwoods has become a favourite local picnic area, the muffled sound and lack of undergrowth provides an interesting contrast to the native wet forest that adorns the opposite bank of the Aire River. Thriving in Otway soil, far from their native California, The Redwoods were originally planted in 1936 by Victorian foresters for experimental purposes. A walk for the first time between the massive trunks flanking the river creates a special feeling of awe and reverence - not to be missed.
Also along Binns Road and within close driving proximity to The Redwods are Hopetoun Falls and Beauchamp Falls, both highly recommended to visit while in the region.
Visitors travelling further south across the Aire River en route to the Great Ocean Road via Binns Road should be aware of general rough conditions and lots of log trucks at certain times of the year.
Walk: 500m return | Time: 15 mins | Difficulty: Easy
- Uneven surface
- Unsuitable for prams and wheelchairs
- Gravel road unsuitable for caravans and large vehicles