Walking through the Redwoods in the Otways National Park, I was absolutely shell shocked. This place is up there with the best that I’ve ever seen, and we were so grateful to have called in to check it out.
What is the Redwoods Forest?
Many moons ago, the Victorian Government were experimenting with different types of timber plantations, and they started the Redwoods Forest, which is a huge tourist attraction today, and one of the most scenic places I’ve been to in my life.
The trees are Californian Redwoods, and are known to be the largest trees in the world, growing to over 115 metres tall. In the Otways Redwoods forest, the trees are not that high, but they are still massive, and incredibly beautiful.
Where are the Redwoods?
You’ll find this truly beautiful place not far off the Great Ocean Road, from Lavers Hill. It’s also only about 10 minutes drive from Beauchamp Falls Campground, which is absolutely worth a stay if you can get in.
What’s the access track like?
Getting here is really easy from the north, with a well formed gravel road. It has a number of descents and corners that you need to take it slow and carefully on, but its certainly within reach of a 2WD vehicle, which means its pretty popular.
Does it cost any money?
The Redwoods forest is completely free, which makes it a must see along the Great Ocean Road. We’re always keen to find the attractions that don’t break the bank, and this is a no brainer.
Walking around the Redwoods
I’m not really sure how far you can walk, but you’ll go through a huge number of trees before the land starts to climb a bit, and then it flattens out and goes back down again.
You’ll see a huge number of logs over the creek, which you can test your balance on if you are game, or you can follow the pathway that is fairly well used. We just walked around in awe for some time, before retreating to near the entry to get the school work done with the boys.
Toilets and amenities
You’ll find toilets here, around the corner from the picnic area, and there are a couple of picnic tables to relax at, and have your lunch. There’s also a big grassy area where you can relax on, or you can chill inside the Redwoods forest itself.
We even did our days school work inside the Redwoods forest, under the shade of these big, beautiful trees.
Should you visit the Redwoods in the Otways?
If you are going to make one detour off the Great Ocean Road, head to the Redwoods. They are truly amazing, and such a worthwhile place to see in person.