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Mackenzie River Rainforest Walk Reopens

Tuesday 14 May, 2013

One of East Gippsland’s most popular walks, the Mackenzie River Rainforest Walk has just been reopened. The track, located in the Bemm River Scenic Reserve is just a kilometre in length and gives visitors the special experience of strolling through a warm temperate rainforest.

This kind of forest landscape is unique to the area and features huge moss-laden Kanooka, Lilly Pilly, Blue Olive-Berry and Blackwood trees. These stretch themselves out along the Mackenzie River creating a wonderland of natural beauty to explore.

Approximately 30 kilometres west of Cann River, the walk is readily accessible from a car park a few hundred metres from the Princes Highway. Many travellers passing through East Gippsland break their journey to enjoy the walk with its combination of meandering paved pathway, elevated board walk and two entrancing swing bridges.

Sections of the walk were damaged in storms last June and the site had to be closed. However extensive repair work has just been completed and the walk is now both safer and in better shape. In particular, longer-lasting materials have been used on the boardwalk and steps to make them stronger and more weather resistant.

One of the special features of this walk is the way it meanders up and down through the different levels of the rainforest canopy, giving walkers both a bird’s eye view of the higher forest and a ground level view of the river environments.

Come, bring a picnic and revisit this natural wonder in the heart of East Gippsland’s Wilderness.

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