Noojee

Nestled on the banks of the Latrobe River, the small village in close proximity to Mt Raw Baw ski fields. Festival In the forest is held every February.

Location: 107 km east of Melbourne, 40 km north of Warragul.

Brief history: The first white inhabitants were prospectors and tin miners in the mid 1860s, followed by farmers and timber workers. Prospectors have been attracted to the creeks in the region over the years. Perhaps the most famous was an eccentric Englishman called Dick Belpoole, who, dissatisfied with the durability of commercial clothing, built himself a tin suit for usage in the bush. Belpoole claimed to have found a rich deposit, though attempts to induce him to reveal its location proved fruitless.

The town developed when the railway was built from Noojee to Warragul in 1890 to transport the felled timber. The line was last used in 1954 when large numbers of the locals travelled to Warragul to see Queen Elizabeth II during her first visit to Australia. After its closure, the Buln Buln Shire Council purchased the rare, Noojee timber trestle bridge from the railways for $2. It is now registered with the National Trust.

Origin of name: an aboriginal word meaning 'contentment' or 'place to rest'.

Noojee Trestle Bridge Rail Trail: A short trail surrounded by tall forest with the impressive restored trestle bridge (with substantial guard rails). The terrain offers a gentle climb from Noojee and is well shaded and protected from wind. This trail is on the same former railway line as the Rokeby to Crossover Rail Trail, a branch line from Warragul.



Toorongo Falls Reserve: The reserve encompasses a number of waterfalls and provides opportunities for walking, picnicking and camping. A variety of ferns thrive in the damp conditions including the Necklace Fern, Soft Tree Fern, and the Long Fork-fern. The reserve supports a range of native animals. A Camping Area provides bush camping sites near the Toorongo River.

The Ada Tree: a walk through the Yarra State Forest near Noojee leads to the Ada Tree, a giant mountain ash that’s one of Victoria’s largest trees. Around 270 years old it’s about 76 metres tall with a circumference of 15 metres. The trail is 3.2 km return in length, but there are walks up to 10 km in this picturesque rainforest.

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