Despite the fact that Warburton is one of my favourite hiking places in Victoria, the Ada Tree Walk has eluded me for some time.
But, after this weekend, this Grade 2 walk eludes me no longer.
I had the pleasure of leading the MeetUp group’s first parents and kids hike for 2018 along this 3.5km walk.
Surrounded by rainforest, terrain typically associated with Warburton, the track winds its way from the car park to the Ada Tree itself.
The track is single file only and crosses several steel bridges and wooden boardwalks, allowing for an incredibly easy and rewarding walk.
Information about the Ada Tree
The Ada Tree, an impressive mountain ash, is considered to be one of Victoria’s largest living trees.
Estimated to be over 300 years old, it is said to be the biggest flowering tree in the southern hemisphere.
Now, once you have reached the Ada Tree from the car park, there are two ways to return:
- Go back the way you came
- Continue on the track you came in on which merges into an old logging road
Our group took the second option, but, in hindsight, I actually wish we had taken the return option instead of the loop.
Yes, you are crossing back over your tracks, but the scenery is so much better in comparison to the logging road.
This is such an easy hike to do that I would recommend it to anyone who has a basic level of fitness.
There are little-to-no difficult sections and if there are you barely notice them because the scenery is so distracting.
The car park has ample spaces and a couple of picnic tables making it ideal for families and weekend outings.
There’s also a drop toilet located at the back of the car park.
Lastly, given the track is located in the Yarra State Forest, dogs are permitted but will need to remain on a leash.
Feel free to check out the other hike’s I’ve done in the Warburton area below:
- My version of the Walk Into History
- La La Falls
- Big Pats Creek to Starlings Gap
- Starlings Gap to New Federal Mill Return
As always, if you wish to download the track I recorded via WikiLoc, you can do so here.
The Stats – The Ada Tree Walk
Length (km): 3.5km (according to WikiLoc)
Time: 1hr 32 min
Moving Time: 40 min
Maximum Elevation: 782m
Accum. elev. uphill: 51m
Accum. elev. downhill: 51m
Return/Circuit/One Way: Return or Circuit