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Rainforest Gallery and Skywalk

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by Quill Pen (subscribe)
I run a Software Consulting firm where I create websites, mobile apps and ofcourse software. At all other times I could be spotted trekking around Melbourne. Visit me at samvit.com.au
Published May 15th 2014
Rainforest Skywalk
Not so long ago before the cold autumn set in, I decided to dust my walking shoes and get off the couch for the weekend. Too much of Melbourne had atrophied my lazy muscles and the fuel in my car would have fermented and sublimated. And so it was that I decided to venture out on a Friday morning after calling in sick at work.

At just over 70kms Warburton seemed like a good target but I had been there a few times and knew almost all the trails like the back of my hand. Driving on aimlessly I decided to make it to the summit of Mt.Donna Buang now hued in earthy tones. One of the benefits of driving on a Friday morning is that you don't have tail-gaters and can drive at snail's pace stopping to admire the beautiful vistas all around you.

It was during one such stopover that I noticed this sign that I had somehow missed on my previous trips. Shame on me. I doubt there are any Melburnians who haven't already been to the Rainforest Gallery.

Always yearning for the warm embrace of trees I decided to check out the Rainforest Gallery. For the uninitiated it truly is a good primer on rainforests.

Trees
Giants of the forest

The verdant green and the canopy transport you to a new realm and you can't believe that just a while ago you were out on a dusty winding road.

The trees are mostly Myrtle Beech and Mountain Ash and as you descend the stairway which leads to a flat walkway you start hearing the gurgling sounds of Cement Creek. Research shows that the trees are about 300 years old and some of them are over 60m tall.
RF Trees
Reaching up to the heavens

As soon as you leave the carpark you will notice the short 40m steel walkway which leads to an observation deck which is about 15m above ground level. This is the Mt.Donna Buang Sky Walk.
Skywalk
Viewing Platform


Rainforest Skywalk
Walk on the treetops


The observation deck is accessible to all and serves as a good starting point for those planning to do the more challenging canopy walks across Victoria.
Rainforest Skywalk
The Deck from the floor of the Forest


The view from the observation deck can be daunting if you are scared of heights especially if you look below your feet through the steel grating.
Skywalk
The Drop


If you prefer a more relaxed excursion into the rainforest then just descend the stairway and take the walkway which winds around the trees and ferns and finally touches down at the floor of the rainforest. This walkway is not accessible to all and its best you trust your own 2 feet.
Rainforest Skywalk, Forest floor
Enveloped by green

The soothing sounds of Cement Creek will reach your ears as you walk around and nothing beats the exhilarating smell of damp earth and foliage.
Steps, Rainforest
Walk among giants

All of this can be experienced in near silence not far away from urban Melbourne.
Some of the best things in life are free and if you believe that adage then you must visit the Rainforest Gallery if you haven't already.

The Rainforest Gallery is about 80km from Melbourne and 9km from Warburton and can be found at the intersection of the Mt.Donna Buang road and the Acheron Way.
Warburton, Donna Buang
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Why? Escape the city
Where: In the Yarra Ranges
Cost: Free
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What a magical place, I must go!
by EricaL (score: 3|1652) 2012 days ago
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