The Acheron Way (C507) provides an idyllic drive or bike ride through the heart of the Central Highlands. Featuring spectacular forests this route epitomises what the Great Forest National Park aims to protect. Accessible with 2WD the Acheron Way is found between the Rainforest Gallery and Marysville road. If a pleasant forest drive or ride is what you desire then this route is a wonderful way to access Marysville from Warburton. This scenic route can be linked up with Black Spur Drive by heading south along the Maroondah Hwy from Marysville or Narbethong.
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Acheron Way, 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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Ada No.2 Campground

Camping, Historic Sites

Deep within the Yarra State Forest drop your pack and marvel in the beauty of this rich landscape.

The Ada Tree

Giant Trees

Discover the majestic Ada Tree, a Mountain Ash towering 76 metres high estimated to be around 400 years old.

Ben Cairn

Rock Climbing

Ben Cairn is located between Mt Donna Buang and Mt Toolebewong along Mt Donna Buang Rd. A short 1km walk leads to a rocky outcrop and an obscured view over looking the valley below.

Black Spur Drive

Scenic Drive

Wind your way for 28km along one of the best scenic drives in the region through luxuriant forest characterised by the tallest flowering tree on earth

Brittania Creek Caves


Brittania Creek Cave is a unique attraction within the Great Forest National Park that is a short 10 minute drive from Yarra Junction and 15 minute drive from Warburton.

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.

Elephant Tree

Giant Trees

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

Federal Mill Campground

Camping, Historic Sites

This historical site provides a perfect place to rest for those venturing on the multi-day Walk into History.

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.

La La Falls


A tranquil waterfall just outside of the Warburton township

Mt Donna Buang


Climb the 21m lookout tower on a clear day to witness breath-taking panoramic views of Melbourne, the Yarra Valley, Dandenong, Cathedral Ranges, Mount Baw Baw and the Alps.

O'Shannassy Aqueduct Trail

Cycling, Hike

Natural scenery and spectacular views of the Upper Yarra Valley can be enjoyed along this 30km trail from Parrot road near Woori Yallock to O’Shannassy Weir in East Warburton.

Rainforest Gallery


Revitalise your senses on this short cool temperate rainforest walk, or view the forest floor from a viewing platform above.

Seven Acre Rock

Rock Climbing, Views

A short walk through regenerating Mountain Ash Forest leads to a granite outcrop offering a 270 degree view of the surrounding area.

Starlings Gap Campground


Dwarfed by spectacular Mountain Ash forest this campsite is quintessential of the Central Highlands.

Steavenson Falls


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

Walk into History

Hike, Historic Sites

This immersive walk takes you on a 33km journey in the steps of the early lumbers.
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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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