Lady Talbot Forest Drive
The Beeches is an area about 2 Km long. The Lady Talbot Drive road goes from the Taggerty River Crossing to the Beeches. At the Beeches there are picnic facilities plus good toilets. The road goes downhill at a slight gradient from the Beeches to the Taggerty River Crossing. On each side of the road there is a walk.
On the East side is a circular walk through the Myrtle Beech Trees, many over 300 years old, covered with epiphytic mosses and ferns, and then a walk through the Enormous Mountain Ash to the Taggarty River. These are one of the tallest trees in the world, second only to the California Redwood. You will clearly see the damage these trees have sustained over many years from insect attack and wind storms.
On the Western side you walk alongside the Whitehouse Creek through the rainforest with its myriad of palms, and under full shade, until the Whitehouse Creek joins with the Taggery River.
Obviously the walk is 2 Km from the Beeches to the Taggerty River, and a 4 Km return or circular walk, which will take about 2 hours at a leisurely pace. It is of medium standard with some uneven ground and steep sections.
Only about 50 metres from the car park is this delightful picnic setting seemingly in the middle of the forest. Close by is a bridge crossing a babbling brook, and over the bridge is the start of the circular Myrtle Beech Tree Walk, which takes about 15 minutes at a leisurely pace.
Above left is the shady pathway of the Myrtle Beech Tree Circular Walk, and above right is a photo of the trees, magnificent in their splendour.
Above are photos of the Superb Lyrebird, which may be seen in the forests all around Marysville, especially after rain. There are quite a few families living on the trail to Keppels Falls.
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