Bemm River Scenic Reserve
Bemm River Scenic Reserve protects a pocket of warm temperate rainforest, the drier eucalypt forest and other significant plant communities. The paved Rainforest Walk at the junction of the Bemm and McKenzie rivers enables visitors to experience a rainforest river valley, its secrets of survival and the creatures it harbours.
Bemm River Scenic Reserve, or the McKenzie River Rainforest Walk as it is affectionately referred to by locals, offers visitors a stunning rainforest experience. The walk meanders through a spectacular pocket of Warm Temperate Rainforest. The Rainforest Walk is approximately one-kilometre-long and consists of sealed pathways, boardwalks and swing bridges. The walk takes about 45 minutes to complete at a relaxed pace. Information boards along the walk guide visitors through the reserve and highlight the unique and wonderful flora and fauna found within it.
Two swing bridges lead over the picturesque McKenzie River, providing visitors with the opportunity to view the magnificent surrounding riparian forest from within the canopy. As you pass over the bridges, a symphony of frog calls can often be heard echoing from the protected pools along the river.
The McKenzie River Rainforest Walk was constructed in the 1980’s as part of the National Rainforest Conservation Program. The walking track, timber boardwalk and swing bridges were installed by the Army (24th squadron) who worked tirelessly to cart materials into the site. Labour costs were covered by the Army and materials supplied through funding from the National Rainforest Conservation Program. The walk was officially opened by Victorian Premier Joan Kirner in 1988.
The walk takes visitors through the Warm Temperate Rainforest, showcasing both the Bemm and McKenzie Rivers. The Warm Temperate Rainforest through which the trail winds is characterised by a closed canopy of Kanooka (Tristania laurina) with various lianas, ferns and epiphytes occurring at all levels through the forest.
This walk is the perfect place for travellers to stop, break their drive and experience one of the treasures of Far East Gippsland. Enjoy a picnic on one of the tables in the reserve after your walk. Parking for caravans and buses is also available at the entrance of the reserve.
Although camping is not permitted in the reserve, camping facilities are located in the nearby townships of Cann River, Orbost and Bemm River and within the Croajingolong National Park.
Things to do
Birdwatching in the reserve
McKenzie River Rainforest Walk
Picnics in the reserve
Bemm River Scenic Reserve
The warm temperate rainforest through which the trail winds is characterised by a closed canopy of Kanooka (Tristania laurina) with various lianas, ferns and epiphytes occurring at all levels through the forest.
The area is also known for wildlife. Keep an eye out for:
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