RJ Hamer Arboretum
R.J Hamer Arboretum provides a wonderful area for recreation or relaxation. The Latin word arboretum means a place for trees. Originally a pine plantation, the present-day 101-hectare Arboretum was established in the 1970s and provides distant views of the Yarra Valley and the Great Dividing Range.
Here, you will find over 150 species of native and exotic trees. The Arboretum was designed around a forest formation where each species is represented by an irregular shaped patch of trees. Unlike most typical arboretums, R. J Hamer includes rows upon rows of varying species, representing mini-forests that stretch over the rolling hills.
Large plantings of northern hemisphere forest species can be found here, including many from the USA and China. These provide an impressive display of autumn colour. An impressive avenue of Japanese Cedar greets you on entry to the arboretum's main car park.
R. J Hamer Arboretum is a beautiful area for both relaxation and recreation providing many quiet opportunities for reflection whilst soaking in the magnificent view. The arboretum acts as a local corridor for native wildlife, with lyrebirds, echidnas and owls often seen or heard.
Bring a picnic or BBQ lunch and enjoy a breath of fresh air in one of the designated picnic areas. Electric barbecues, picnic tables and toilet facilities are located close to the Woolrich/Chalet Road car park.
Talk a walk along one of the many walking tracks and admire the unique visual story. Sit and take in the tranquil beauty and breathtaking views. Walk your dog on-lead and take in the views together on the many walking tracks. Be sure to stay within the arboretum's borders as dogs are not permitted in the surrounding national park.
Things to do in the area
RJ Hamer Arboretum
This area is well known for its wildlife. Keep an eye out for:
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