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Hiking in The Beeches trail

The Beeches trail, Yarra Ranges National Park

Stroll along a sparkling creek, through ancient myrtle beech, towering mountain ash and tree ferns. Picnic beneath the trees before spending the night in one of Marysville's grand guesthouses.

Length: 5 kilometres
Walk: 1.5 hours return
Track: Moderate
Grade: Moderate
Start: The Beeches
Finish: The Beeches
Nearby: Marysville
Permits/bookings: None required.

The walk begins at The Beeches, a picnic site on Lady Talbot Drive near Marysville. Follow the Whitehouse Creek downstream to the Meeting of the Waters, the turbulent confluence of the creek and the Taggerty River. The trail follows the river on its way back to the road, passing a waterfall and deep pool on its way. After crossing Lady Talbot Drive at the Taggerty River, the track heads back to picnic sites past Myrtle Loop, where you will find some of the region's oldest and most impressive beech trees.

Most of the track passes through cool temperate rainforest, with the exception of a section on the higher reaches of Lady Talbot Drive that changes from rainforest into eucalypt forest dominated by tall mountain ash trees. The dominant trees in the cool temperate rainforest are myrtle beech, southern sassafras and blackwood. Soft tree ferns are also abundant.