It wasn’t a sandy beach walk for us when we went up to explore some trails around Marysville, a country town around two hours drive east of Melbourne.
Instead, it was a beech walk of the tree variety that drew us out into the crisp, clean mountain air.
The Beeches is a nice, easy rainforest circuit walk that takes you along the swiftly flowing Taggerty River and its roaring waterfalls and cascades.
It was a sunny day the day we went but we still ended up getting pretty damp as overgrown sections of the track were still wet from rain the day before.
It’s amazing how quickly your pants become soaked when pushing through high grass that looks as if it’s got just a few droplets of water on it. All those droplets add up.
Ah well, first world problems.
Bushfires went through the area five years ago and the bush is still regrowing. Dead tree trunks loom over the regrowth, a sad reminder of what was once there.
Thankfully the rainforest around the river was obviously too damp for the fires to take hold there and the trees and ferns around it were spared.
The town of Marysville was almost wiped out by the fires but the community is steadily rebuilding.
The bakery is a reliable place for lunch and there are cafes in town too.