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Have you heard of the Ada Tree?
Wondering where to take the family over the long weekend? Head to Warbuton in the Yarra Valley, a haven for exploring the outdoors, enjoying good food and wine and having a much-deserved break from the old routine.
There are many hikes and walks in the area, but a favourite for the whole family is a visit to the Ada Tree - a national treasure - just a two hour drive from Melbourne.
Over 300 years old, the Ada Tree is considered to be one of the largest known flowering trees in the world. The tree is one of the biggest living things in the world at about 76 metres high and 15.7 metres girth at shoulder height. The walk to the tree is through a lovely environment with information boards along the way and has a boardwalk around it.
The Myrtle Rainforest walk is enchanting and educational with many points of interest displayed along an easy walk of 3.2 km taking approximately 1.5 hours to return.
How to get there: From Melbourne, head east along the Princes Freeway (M1), turn left at the Drouin exit (C426) and follow the signs to Noojee. From Noojee, follow Yarra Junction–Noojee Road (C425) and turn at Big Creek Road (unsealed). The trail begins at the car park.
The turn-off to Big Creek Road is 23 km from Yarra Junction and then it is 24 km along Big Creek Road which is a forest road.
Make sure you access the Ada Tree via Big Creek Road which is a turnoff from the Yarra Junction - Noojee Road. Other routes are only suitable for four wheel drive vehicles.
If you decide to spend the weekend in Warbuton, there are other very interesting natural attractions in this area, which is considered one of the most picturesque places in the Yarra Valley. Check in at the local visitor information centre for more details, maps and any weather warnings before heading out.
Warburton Rail Trail
La La Falls Mt Donna Buang Redwood Forest
Big Pats Creek
Richards Tramway Walk
'O'Shannassy's Aquaduct Trail'
The area also boasts of good food and wine, with a number of wineries to be visited via the Warbuton Highway.