The Ada Tree is beautiful, majestic and its size and age make it the biggest flowering tree in the Southern Hemisphere. At over 300 years old, the Ada Tree is the ultimate example of the beauty and history Baw Baw is known for.
- Nearest Town: Noojee
- Start/Finish: The Ada Tree Picnic Area
- Distance: 3.2km return – but longer walks can be explored!
- Time: About an hour, depending on your fitness level plus any time spent marvelling at all the natural beauty
- Effort: Easy, suitable for all fitness levels
- Be prepared: Only a comfortable pair of shoes is required (and if it is Winter be prepared to get a little muddy), some water to keep you hydrated and if you’re planning on stopping for a picnic, don’t forget lunch!
- Accessibility: The track is gravel with some gentle hills and some steps, the tracks can be quite muddy over the Winter months
- Pets: Dogs are welcome, just be sure to have your four-legged friend on a lead.
Located approximately 100kms east of Melbourne, once you leave the M1 the journey to the Ada Tree takes you some of our region’s most beautiful towns and villages. Enjoy the journey taking in the surrounding beauty and rolling green hills, spot the incredible pieces of art hidden amongst the countryside and find new towns and places to discover.
The Ada Tree
The Ada Tree is an easy 3.2km, 1.5-hour walk return trip from the car park and picnic area to the Ada Tree and back again, via the same walking track.
The walk begins at the Ada Tree car park and meanders through an enchanting temperate rainforest. Reconnect with nature surrounded by tall mountain ash trees, and lush, green shrubs and tree ferns.
Giant logs litter the tracks giving only a small preview of the size of your final destination. If you’re lucky you may spot lyrebirds or other small animals who call the forest home (they are best found around dawn or dusk).
Other than incredible beauty you may also discover the remnants of old timber settlements, providing you with an insight into the rich logging history of the region.
As you reach the Ada Tree be prepared to marvel at her incredible size. This spectacular tree stands at 76m high and an estimated 820 cubic metres of timber in the trunk alone enough to build 66 average sized homes!
For those who enjoy a longer walk, we recommend the Ada Tree Walk into History
The Walk into History is a 2-day walk through the Yarra State forest between Warburton and Powelltown. A scenic journey following the historic tramways of years past. A treat for the eyes and the history lovers enjoy the walk as it guides you past several old timber mills providing the walker with an insight into some of the infrastructure used to process and remove timber from the forest in the early 1900s.
A beautiful walk, and the perfect track for nature lovers who are looking for more of a challenge.
A picnic table and toilets are provided at the Ada Tree Picnic Area at the start/end of the walk. There are no rubbish facilities, so please be mindful and take your rubbish with you.
How to get here
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.
And just a little something to bear in mind, these roads are suitable for vehicles for most of the year, but care should be taken after rain or snow.
If you need a map, we have you covered – https://goo.gl/maps/jwphaBnXpwP2
While you’re there be sure to check out
Leave the hustle and bustle of Melbourne behind and visit Noojee. The town boasts a rich heritage and unique natural attractions to delight and inspire. An historic timber town, nestled on the banks of the Latrobe River, surrounded by rolling green hills and stunning wooded forests of Mountain Ash, the town takes its name from the Aboriginal word for ‘contentment’ or ‘place to rest’ and when spending the weekend in Noojee, that’s exactly what you will enjoy.
Visit for the day or stay for the weekend. Noojee provides a range of places to stay with options from luxury chalets to camping sites. Be spoilt for choice and indulge the foodie within at the local cafes, restaurants and boutique wineries.