Escape to...Noojee

I like to believe there’s a little bit of country in all of us, maybe some more than others. I love nothing more than to leave the rat race behind and smell the fresh country air even if it’s only for a day.

Noojee is famously known for being home to the tallest surviving timber trestle bridge in Victoria and it’s certainly not to be missed. The majestic wooden span tells a story of a forgotten yesteryear where men curled the corners of their moustaches and ladies hid from the harsh Australian sun beneath parasols. The railway line, built in the late 1880’s – early 1900’s to service the timber industry, also provided general goods and passenger service to the towns in the area before being closed in 1950’s. The Noojee trestle bridge is the only surviving bridge of three, all having sustained fire damage during various bush fires.

Walking across the bridge is allowed and for the more energetic there is a walking track that follows the old railway line. Don’t forget your camera as this bridge is very photogenic!

Another icon in the area is the 270 year old Ada tree. This tree has a massive circumference of 15 metres! Sit on one of the provided seats and marvel at its sheer size as you listen to the wildlife go about their daily business in the bush.

Toorongo Falls are also in the area and are well worth the walk. You certainly don’t need to be a hardened bush walker to get to these falls. The track is easy and the walk circular so there’s not backtracking. Wear sturdy shoes and remember it can be a little cool in these areas so take a light jacket in the warmer climate.

There’s not a lot in the way of eateries in the area so packing a picnic lunch is the way to go. If you happen to be there during summer stop by the pub for a cool drink. Be wary though, areas like this should not be visited during bushfire warning days.

Noojee is 108km east of Melbourne.

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Noojee image: © Suzanne Trew


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