Styx Valley Tolkien Track
Despite being a relatively regular visitor to the Styx, it is ages since I visited the Tolkien Track so I decided to rectify that recently to reacquaint myself with some of the giant trees in the area.
For those who don’t know, the Tolkien Grove was the site of a major forest protest back in 2003 when Greenpeace and The Wilderness Society sat up the top of “Gandalfs Staff” – an 80+ metre giant eucalypt to protest logging of these giants. The area is now reserved thanks to those efforts.
Accessing the Tolkien Track
There is a good car parking area up Waterfall Creek Road, and the track is signposted. Waterfall Creek itself is not signposted, but it is a fairly “major” side road to the right 1 km on from the main Tall Trees area. Drive 1.3 km up this road and you’ll see a large parking area. It is not an “official” parks walk, and as such the signs have a bit of a home made feel to them. They’ll point you in the right direction which is the main thing of course!
I visited the Cave Tree and a saw many others which weren’t specifically named and after 10-15 minutes or so found my way to Gandalfs Staff.
For this trip I was also keen to re-visit a little waterfall which I had seen before but felt the need to re-shoot. Again, it was signposted so quite easy to find, being another 10 minutes or so beyond Gandalf. The rainforest surrounding the fall was great and the fall had a decent amount of water too, so mission accomplished!
Styx Valley Tours
I run a full day photography tour to Mt Field and the Styx Valley which runs on demand all year round. I have also recently listed a private 3 day tour to the region where we base ourselves at the Giants Table in Maydena to allow ourselves plenty of time to really explore the region.
Contact me to book!