Tucked away in the Victorian Yarra Valley is a uniquely out-of-place yet stunning Californian Redwood tree plantation.
Upon first glance, the cluster of trees appear unassuming in nature; a strong wall of green that sits perfectly against the picturesque background of country Victoria. Staring skyward, the Redwood canopy soars up to 55 metres, dwarfing the other natural flora that surrounds it.
When you enter the forest, the atmosphere becomes drastically different.
The thick foliage stifles the sun’s rays, causing the temperature to drop significantly. Consequently, the air seems that bit fresher, and sharper against your lungs. The forest floor is a mix of warm red and soft greens, home now to an extensive collection of fallen branches, leaves and bark.
Walking amidst these lofty trees, you notice the deep intricacies that come to characterise the surface of their trunks. Like the palms of our hands, strong and soft lines run along their surface – giving them an elevated sense of stateliness and character.
The plantation of over a 1000 trees strong swallows up all noise; the running water of the Yarra River, the songs of the native birds, the footsteps of other hikers – all cease to exist amongst the trees.
And in its space is left a silence; a silence, which echoes the inward serenity you feel lying alone on the forest floor.
Ryan Cheng is the founder of The 88, and is passionate about telling stories surrounding travel, culture and identity.
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