It was 1939. An unknown person had planted a forest of Californian Redwoods as a softwood logging experiment. They didn’t know that almost 80 years later, that experiment would have turned into a popular tourist attraction. The logging history is quite evident at many places around Beech Forest – especially at the Triplet Falls walk.
Here, though, you are completely unaware of that history. You are just in awe of the magnificent trees.
It is an amazing place for photography. The walkable area is quite small; bordered by a small river and steep parts that are difficult to pass. This area is more then enough to play with light and shade without others walking into the frame.
I was here with family and let mum get the creative shots. I was more interesting in exploring the ecology of the area.
One thing I loved was that the area was bordered by the river. You’d have the huge redwoods towering over you…. and then you were at a river, surrounded by Otways flora. It was such a stark contrast,
The above is dog vomit slime mould, which we also found while walking along Elliot River. I don’t know what the remaining species were but it was interesting how they’d adapted here.
The moss here was also lovely although as usual, I have no idea.
I didn’t notice that much wildlife while I was here, which is uncommon for the Otways. I did notice these two insects near the carpark.
Finally, and interesting plant we found.
I was so distracted by learning about the area that my photos don’t do the redwoods justice. They are such a phenomenal sght and visiting here can easily be combined with other activities in the region. Need inspiration? Check out 5 Beautiful Attractions To Visit Near The Otway Fly.
Want to learn more about the history of the redwoods? Check out the comprehensive book The Redwoods Of the Otway Ranges
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