The weather forecast predicted another 37°C day. Because another hot day might have actually sent me bonkers and because I’ve never seen them, I decided to head to the Aire Valley redwoods forest in the Otway Ranges. Because a forest has surely got to be cool temperature wise and cool as in groovy, right?
These Redwoods are a world away from their natural home in California and were planted as an experiment in the 1930s. I guess the experiment was based on “will these trees grow in Australia?” Fast forward 80 odd years and those trees are about 60 metres tall and will continue to grow. Right now, they’re considered babies. California Redwoods can grow for over a 1000 years. Got that? 1000 years. That’s even older than David Attenborough and we all know The Bro's been around for a long time...but I digress.
The Redwoods are a bit off the beaten track but teamed up with a visit to Beauchamp Falls, it’s a nice day out away from the big smoke. And about 10°C cooler. Until you start walking....
There's a good lookout spot for Beauchamp but to get down to the pool, it's about a 30 minute walk. Steps are plentiful and the path is mostly sealed but the journey back up is best done with lots of 'oooh look at that interesting tree" breaks.