Oh, how I love me some adventurin’.
We’ve been having a lot of fun exploring our new little state! It’s quite a novelty for us to be able to drive in one direction for more than a couple of hours and not end up in the water — coming from Tasmania and all — and the fact that we can drive to a different state altogether is even weirder.
This week’s adventure saw us travelling about three hours outside of Melbourne to the Otway Ranges, on the hunt for some totally enormous Californian redwoods. It’s a lovely drive with mostly no mobile service, which made for some very fun wrong turns and confusing roads (unsurprisingly it turns out I am useless without Google). We saw a number of different plantations, hills and valleys, and even a fox which was another exciting novelty to our Tasmanian selves. Terrible for native vegetation and animals, and I’m glad they haven’t made the jump across the Bass Strait, but ohgodsocute!
Eventually we found our way there by late afternoon, and it was totally worth it. The sun was low in the sky and it had been raining on and off throughout the day, so the forest had that lovely, fresh, earthy smell that I absolutely love. The trees were planted in 1938 — just under eighty years ago — but holy cow, they are enormous. Its like stepping into an entirely different world; the canopy blocks out most of the light and the plantation makes you feel positively tiny. The most perfect place for a picnic, were it not raining and getting darker by the second!
I absolutely recommend having a look if you’re in the area, or interested in a long and leisurely Sunday drive. Just make sure you download or buy a map beforehand, and hopefully your drive won’t include as many U-turns as ours did ;)
You can find the Californian redwoods in the Otway National Park off Aire Valley Rd, just past Beech Forest in Victoria, Australia.