Warburton Rainforest is one of those places we get drawn back to time and time again. It is probably one of the first places we visited after buying our first Aussie car back in 2015. That first time was to visit the Rainforest Gallery which although only a short walk is worth the visit, if mostly for the drive up. The drive to Warburton takes a little over an hour and takes you up through the Yarra Valley. It’s the last 10 minutes up Donna Buang Road however that are the most spectacular.
Surrounded on all sides by towering eucalyptus forest and ancient ferns, the winding road up the mountain is pretty memorable and more than once I parked up to take photographs. As well as the scenery, the smells are intoxicating. Being from the UK, we don’t have anything that really compares to eucalyptus. It is just the stuff you smell when you have a cold. In Australia, and on Donna Buang Road, it is the stuff you smell inside the car, as it permeates through the air conditioning. It is incredible.
As well as the forest, there is also an observation tower at the top of Mount Donna Buang with views out in all directions. En-route to the top and just off the road, is free natural spring where water bottles can be filled.
We haven’t been back up for a while, but I am certain it won’t be long before we do. Here are some images from our trips.