The Ada Tree, located in the Yarra State Forest in the Yarra Valley, is a giant Mountain Ash and is considered to be one of Victoria's largest living trees. It is estimated to be over 300 years old and towers over the surrounding rainforest in the headwaters of the Little Ada River.
|Location||Yarra State Forest|
|Duration||1 hour 30 minutes|
|Grade||Level 2 – No experience required. The track is hardened gravel or compacted surface and may have a gentle hill section or sections and some steps. Walks up to 10km.|
|Start||Ada Tree picnic area|
|Finish||Ada Tree picnic area|
The Ada Tree can be reached from the Ada Tree car park via the walking track that meanders through the Island Creek rainforest. The walk 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.
Previously the walking track from the Ada Tree back to the car park followed an old timber harvesting road. This road is once again being used by timber trucks as part of nearby harvesting operations. Due to the narrow nature of this road it should not be used by walkers.
The Ada Tree is now an alternative start and finish point on the Walk into History. Similarly, the Ada Tree can now be accessed on a dedicated walking track branch along with the Federal Mill if walkers intend to experience the entire Walk into History.
The Ada Tree is located about 100km east of Melbourne and is accessible on well formed gravel roads from Warburton, Powelltown or Noojee.
From Warburton follow Warburton-Woods Point Road, Brahams Road, Big Creek Road to the east and Ada River Road. From Powelltown - Noojee Road either take Big Creek Road (east of Powelltown) or New Turkey Road (west of Noojee) to access the Ada Tree car park on Ada River Road.
These roads are suitable for vehicles for most of the year, but care should be taken after rain or snow.
A sheltered picnic table and toilet facilities are provided in a forest setting at the Ada Tree picnic area, which is located at the start of the walk.
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