You'll need your imagination for this tourist attraction
The winding country roads of Gippsland are a scenic destination for a weekend drive. So one sunny winter's morning, I headed out of town to explore, travelling through the rolling hills of the Thorpdale area. This is prime potato growing country, with views across bright green pastures and charming farmland.
My destination is the Lyrebird Forest Walk, near Mirboo North. But as I'm travelling along the Mirboo North-Trafalgar Road, a small sign catches my attention: Site of the World's Tallest Tree. It points up a side road, McDonald's Track. I'm curious, so I slow down and turn left.
The site is about a kilometre up McDonald's Track. There's a very small pull-off on the side of the road. But there's no tree: it's only the site of the World's Tallest Tree. Instead, there is tall pole, with the words 'The World's Tallest Tree' at the top.
Information about the site of the World's Tallest Tree
Unfortunately, to find out exactly how tall, in 1884 the property owner decided to chop it down so his brother - a government surveyor - could officially measure it. It came to an incredible 114.3 metres. "You will not believe a tree could be so tall", one of the information boards proclaims. Sadly the tree never got the chance to grow any taller.
It really requires a vivid imagination to picture the green grassy countryside covered in tall Mountain Ash forest. But thankfully there are still places left where we can go and walk among these giant trees. One such place is the nearby Tarra Bulga National Park, with plenty of walking options.
Mountain Ash trees and tree ferns at the nearby Tarra-Bulga National Park