Walking around a rainforest – Maits Rest

As I’ve said a few times now last week I went to Port Campbell with some old and new friends from the USA.

We did all the usual things of looking at the coast and taking lots of photos. We did see quite a lot. Though it was also tiring when you are trying to do it all in a couple of days.

On the last day, I knew I would have to drop them off in the city before I went home. It was hoped I could get us back before the traffic was really bad. In the end that didn’t matter. Seems it is peak hour every hour these days.

For their last morning, I said to them they had three choices on the way back. We could stop at Loch Ard Gorge and see what we hadn’t seen yet. Two we could go to Cape Otway or 3 we could do the walk around Maits Rest, the rainforest.

They all said the rainforest. It seems they thought they had seen enough of the coast, but rainforests were not something they had seen before. So it was off to Maits Rest.

It is a lovely walk. I took lots of photos, but I also did some video and I’ve spent the last few days getting both processed to show you.

I’m trying something different this week with the video. I’m not sure if you watch the video on the blog I get the YouTube views. So I am putting a photo here and if you click on it it will open up on YouTube. Let’s see if that makes a difference.

I also did photos of the rainforest. I have put quite a few in the video as well. I will put a few here for you to see as well.

Interesting fact, there are 5 different types of rainforests and you will find all 5 of them in Australia. Now I’m wondering if I should try and explore them all.

Do you love rainforests?

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  1. Thank you for taking me to this beautiful spot again, first in person and now through your blog. We just got home this morning and I’m going through tons of emails. Thanks again!

    1. It was my pleasure Anne, I love it too. It has really inspired me. I can’t believe you are already home I hope the rest of your trip was really good. Thank you Anne, also thank you for letting me show you around.

    1. We are the opposite no snow, but lots of rainforests. It is a wonderful spot, hope you get to visit one day. Thank you Anita.

  2. Your rainforest photography is lovely. Living on the west coast of Canada, here on Vancouver Island, I get to see very similar scenery… the rains here have helped to create many tall trees. There’s even a bit of old growth forest left with giants that speak of great age… several hundred years old. The Ancient Forest Alliance is doing what it can to protect this important natural heritage here. My daughter and I have enjoyed walking the rainforest trails in all seasons. It always refreshes and inspires gratitude. 🤗💕✨

    1. Thank you Flowerpoet. the tall trees are so amazing, really makes you feel small. I love the idea of that alliance, we are having the same problems here. It is so maddening. I don’t live very close to them, but I can get to them within a couple of hours which is good.

  3. Lovely photos. The Otways rainforests are beautiful. Exploring the different types of rainforest in Australia would be a great way to focus a journey. I’m curious as to the different types.

    1. They really are Suzanne. I love going to them. I agree, will see how I go I suppose. I would love to see more of the ones in Tasmania so that might need to be my next stop. We might need to explore them. Thank you Suzanne.

    2. Yes – distant travel often feels like a step too far these days. I daydream about it but never do it. 🙂

    3. Yeah, you are right there are so many different places you can go. Though most of them are the same sort of rainforest. Though yesterday I rang a friend and said we need to go back to Tassie so I can explore those there. I haven’t been to Taronga Falls but I might need to visit. I’ve been to Marysville a few times. Thanks for the link.

  4. Lovely photos (as usual) Here in Peru we have the high jungle Rupa Rupa), as you come down from the Andes, from -(between 500 m to 1000 m) with lush vegetation and steep hills with faster moving rivers. Then the low jungle (Omagua), flat, dense vegetation with wide slow moving, meandering rivers which wind their way into the Amazon. Both jungle areas are very different and a contrast to the desert coast and the high mountains. From Lima to my favourite high jungle town called La Merced is about a seven hour drive going through a mountain pass 12000 feet high.

    1. Thank you. There is a lot of rainforest in South America isn’t there? It is a shame to hear that much of the Amazon is disappearing. What you describe is very similar to what we find here too, though I’m sure you have a lot more jungle there. We don’t have really high mountains.

  5. I lived and worked in the Great Bear Rainforest for many years. Your video brought back some good memories. Thanks.

  6. Wow, I would love to visit this rain forest. As far as I can see it’s a real forest in open air and not (like here in Belgium) a simulation of a rain forest in one of the greenhouses of our National Botanical Garden near Brussels. If I was you, I would go for the other forests too.

    1. Oh yes, this one is definitely outside. It is quite magical. I would never have thought you could get ones indoors. I might have to see what I can do with the other ones as well. Thank you.

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