The Central Highlands hosts a variety of spectacular attractions for people from all walks of life. Immerse yourself in this ancient landscape to uncover the hidden treasures that await you on Melbourne’s doorstep. We acknowledge that activities undertaken across the Great Forest National Park are on traditional country of the Wurundjeri, Taungurong and Gunai Kurnai people. We pay our respects to elders past and present and  extend that to all generations past, present and future. We express our gratitude for their cultural heritage, beliefs and relationships with the land which continue to be important to the people living today and the management of this sacred landscape. Click here for information on cultural heritage.  We invite all park users to exercise care and consideration when enjoying these magnificent locations.

Safe guarding these precious places for the benefit of present and future generations – from all walks of life – is our vision for the future for this unique and invaluable landscape.  Take your pick from a diversity of activities and create your connection and stories with this inspiring region.

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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.

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.

Beech Gully Track

Rainforest

Ferns and mosses attract the attention of the wandering eye making for a magical experience in this enchanted and ancient environment. 

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.

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.

Black Beard

Giant Trees

Located 650m along the 2.3km Top Kalatha Track two surviving giants remain anchored in the earth.

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

Blackwood Picnic Area

Picnic Area

This picnic area is situated conveniently at the intersection of three walking tracks that lead to Masons Falls and Mt Sugarloaf Lookout.

Blowhard Summit

Hike

Blowhard Summit is a picturesque trail that leads to a panoramic view of the surrounding landscape. 

Brittania Creek Caves

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

Hike

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

Hike

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

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.

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. 

Kalatha Giant

Giant Trees

The Kalatha tree is one of the largest trees in Victoria standing 65 metres tall, 14m in girth and 400 years old.

Keppel Falls

Waterfalls

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

Keppel Lookout Trail

Hike

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

Waterfalls

A tranquil waterfall just outside of the Warburton township

Masons Falls

Waterfalls

Masons Falls is a perfect spot to enjoy a picnic amongst the forest and soak in beautiful natural scenery

Monda Giants

Giant Trees

This stand of ancient old growth represents the origins of the Mountain Ash forests.

Mountain Monarchs

Camping, Giant Trees

Tune into your senses and observe the diversity of life that surrounds you while discovering these ancient Mountain Ash trees

Mt Baw Baw Tourist Road

Scenic Drive

Passing through local farms and lush forests this road connects to South Face Road which can be followed to reach great attractions like Mushrooms Rocks, Mt Erica, Mountain Monarchs and Beech Gully.

Mt Donna Buang

Views

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.

Mt Erica

Hike

This summit walk features unique Montane Wet Forest dominated by Alpine Ash and Sub-alpine Woodland, passing through Mushroom Rocks up the summit of Mt Erica.

Mt St Leonard

Views

A short but steep walk leads to an observational platform that offers excellent views of the Yarra Ranges, Strathbogies, Baw Baw Plateau, Port Phillip Bay, You Yangs and Macedon Ranges.

Mt Sugarloaf Lookout

Views

A stunning view awaits you at the end of Mt Sugarloaf Road that steers your gaze over the forested southern slopes of Kinglake.

Mt Torbreck

Views

At 1516m above sea level Mt Torbreck offers spectacular views across the surrounding landscape.

Murrindindi Scenic Reserve

Camping

Located on the northern edge of the Toolangi state forest  Murrindindi Scenic Reserve offers spacious camping and a range of spectacular attractions.

Mushroom Rocks

Camping, Caves, Hike, Rock Climbing

Wander with reverence amongst this sacred site.

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

Rainforest

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.

Snobs Creek Falls

Waterfalls

Wander your way through lush vegetation to find the tranquil Snobs Creek Falls

South Face Road

Scenic Drive

South Face Road is an unsealed but well kept gravel road that stretches between the Baw Baw Village turn off and Rawson.

Starlings Gap Campground

Camping

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

Steavenson Falls

Waterfalls

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

Tanglefoot Loop

Hike

Linking the Monda Giants to Wirrawilla this is a great way to experience Toolangi's amazing natural features.

Tanglefoot Picnic Area

Picnic Area

Located in the heart of the Toolangi State Forest along Sylvia Creek Road this picnic area is a perfect place to re-energise when exploring the magnificent attractions Toolangi has to offer.

The Acheron Way

Scenic Drive

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

The Poplars Campground

Camping

Tucked away in the Loch Valley this campsite is a short drive from Noojee and offers spacious camping by the Loch River.

Tooroongo & Ampitheatre Falls

Waterfalls

This picture-perfect waterfall is a wonderful place for people of all ages to experience one of nature’s most soothing creations

Toorongo Falls Campground

Camping

The Toorongo Falls Campground is an idyllic attraction set along the banks of the Toorongo River.

Trestle Bridge

Cycling, Historic Sites

Nestled amongst lush forest this Trestle Bridge is one of its kind in Victoria, spans 102 metres in length and stands 21 metres in height.

Walk into History

Hike, Historic Sites

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

Wilhelmina Falls

Waterfalls

Wilhelmina falls presents a challenging yet rewarding walk to experience magnificent views

Wirrawilla

Picnic Area, Rainforest

Wirrawilla is a picture-perfect Cool Temperate Rainforest circuit in the headwaters of Sylvia Creek within the Toolangi State Forest.

Wombelano Falls

Waterfalls

Winding through diverse forest types, a short and variable track takes you to a viewing platform of the falls and forested gully below.

Yea Link Tree

Giant Trees

The Yea Link Tree is a resilient Mountain Ash gem that has survived the threats of fire and logging

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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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