Wind your way along the Maroonda Highway (B360) between Healesville and Marysville for 28km through luxuriant forest characterised by the tallest flowering tree on earth – Mountain Ash (Eucalyptus regnans) – and captivating tree ferns. This is one of the best scenic drives in the region and has a number of great attractions nearby.

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Maroondah Highway, Fernshaw, Victoria, 3778, Australia.

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The Central Highlands of Victoria have been logged for more than 150 years, with the majority of timber extracted going into making paper or cardboard boxes. As a result of past overcutting and recurrent wildfires, there is now very little forest that if logged will produce sawn timber. Only poor-quality trees that will be chipped for paper making are left. The bottom line is that Victoria will be financially better off without logging in Mountain Ash and Alpine Ash forests; some estimates suggest that the state would be ahead by between $110 million and $190 million annually if logging stopped today. This problem needs to be recognised.

Share your voice to preserve these regions for generations to come. Contact your local MPs and encourage them to support the creation of the Great Forest National Park.


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Badger Weir

Picnic Area

This magnificent destination is nestled in the southern end of the Acheron Caldera just a few kms outside the township of Healesville.

Bicentennial National Trail

Cycling, Hike, Horse Riding

This trail stretches 5330 km from Healesville to Cooktown in far north Queensland. Starting from Donnelly Weir picnic area a section of this trail can be enjoyed between Healesville and Narbethong.

Bruno's Art and Sculpture Garden

Places of Interest

Nestled amongst the luscious rainforest setting lives a collection of original unforgettable characters lovingly hand crafted by Bruno Torfs from clay and fired onsite in his kiln.

Cathedral Ranges

Camping, Hike, Rock Climbing

Cathedral ranges is a unique attraction in the Central Highlands that is situated on the western rim of the Cerberean Caldera, the remains of a volcano.

Cumberland Walk


The walk features the Big Tree and the Sitka Spruce, Coralline Falls, Cumberland Falls, and Sovereign View.

Dom Dom Saddle Picnic Area

Picnic Area

Located at the northern end of Black Spur Drive along Maroonda Highway (B360) Dom Dom Saddle offers a great location to enjoy a picnic amongst the forest.

Donnelly Weir

Picnic Area

Constructed in 1891, the Donnelly Weir is a serene picnic area that marks the start/end of the Bicentennial National Trail

Donnelly Weir to Mt St Leonard


Starting from Donnelly Weir this circuit takes you up to Mt St Leonards, it is very steep in sections and requires a moderate level of fitness.

Elephant Tree

Giant Trees

This towering tree found along the Cumberland Walk is an ancient Mountain Ash thought to be approximately 400 years old

Fernshaw Picnic Area

Picnic Area

This spacious picnic area offers a great place to stop, rest and recuperate whilst driving along the Black Spur.

Healesville Sanctuary

Places of Interest

Healesville Sanctuary is one of Australia’s most loved tourist attractions and the best place in Victoria to see and interact with native Australian wildlife. 

Keppel Falls


This short walk through lush forest takes you to the base of Keppel falls

Keppel Lookout Trail


One of the most challenging and magnificent walks in the area, Keppel Lookout Trail takes you on a journey through a diversity of forest types including Stringybark and the majestic Mountain Ash.

Steavenson Falls


Cascading eighty-four metres, Steavenson Falls is one of the most magnificent waterfalls in the region.

The Acheron Way

Scenic Drive

The Acheron Way (C507) provides an idyllic drive or bike ride through the heart of the Central Highlands.
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    Proposed Parks

    We propose adding 355,000 hectares of protected forests to the Central Highlands of Victoria to form the Great Forest National Park

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    Existing Parks

    Currently there is only 170,000 hectares of parks and protected areas in the Central Highlands of Victoria


Help support our work in expressing the conservation needs and compelling opportunities that we could address through the establishment of the Great Forest National Park for Victoria.

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The Great Forest National Park is a large complex proposal, covering environmental impacts and the conservation of wildlife, economic benefits to the area and more. Visit our FAQ for more information.

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The traditional custodians of this country include the Bunurong (Boon Wurrung), Gunaikurnai, Taungurung (Daung warring) and Wurundjeri indigenous Australians. We acknowledge this land belongs to the sovereign people of the First Nations. This land was stolen from them and their sovereignty was never ceded. This park conservation plan is subject to ongoing discussions and approvals with relevant clans and corporations and fully supports and recognises all their cultural rights, control and access.


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