Date of Walk: 19/04/2009
Length (km’s): 1.5 km’s
Grade: Easy / Moderate
Return / Circuit / One-Way / Partial Circuit: Circuit
Region: South-West Victoria
Park: Great Otway National Park
Closest Town: Lavers Hill (4 km’s)
Maximum Height: Unknown
Map: Not needed (once you find the carpark, you can’t go wrong)
Getting There: From Lavers Hill, follow the Great Ocean Road west for 3 km’s to the signed turn-off to Melba Gully (Melba Gully Road). Turn left and follow the road another kilometre to the Melba Gully picnic ground.
The walk crosses the Johanna River which features the beautiful “Anne’s Cascade” (see photos below). The other highlight of the walk is “Big Tree”, an Otways Messmate measuring 27 metres around the base! Apparently it’s around 300 years old and has been ravaged by fire several times, yet it’s still going strong!
Apparently this spot is a good one to visit at night in order to see glow-worms but unfortunately we weren’t up to this. Feel free to leave a comment below if this is something you’ve experienced. Even if you’re visiting in the daylight hours, I highly recommend this spot… You won’t be dissapointed!
the comments to say that the tree has sadly come down)