Walking Since 1939

Ada Tree Loop via VHC Track



Walk Description

Distance 18 Km
Elevation 600 m
Grade M 🥾🥾
This is a pleasant walk in the Yarra State Forest, about 90Km from Melbourne.  Most sections of the trails are shaded by lovely forest canopies.
The Ada Tree is one of the oldest Mountain Ashes in Victoria, 76 meters tall, 16 meters circumference and 300+ years old.   It was believed to be named after Ada Mortimer, a local resident, a lady friend of the surveyor.  It also thought to be named after Ada Lovelace, who loved mathematics and dancing parties.
We will start from VHC Track, and walk towards the Ada #2 campground, then take a right onto the Upper Yarra Walking Track to Federal Mill camping area, for a morning tea stop.  After the campground, turn left onto Federal Mill Walking Track, then onto the Ada Tree Walking Track.  We will have lunch at the Ada Tree picnic area.  After lunch, we will walk along Ada River Road, Federal Shortcut Road and Big Creek Road.  Eventually make a left onto VHC track back to the start point.
We may stop at Noojee after the walk to enjoy a cup of tea or coffee, if you would like to.

Life is wonderful in hiking boots, see you out there 😄


Transport to and from the walk location is by car. Please indicate your transport requirements and preferences on the booking request form when you book in.

If you don’t have a car, we can’t guarantee to provide you with a lift – this will depend on available drivers and their locations.

Passengers must pay the driver their share of car-pooling costs as described on the Car-pooling page. Please discuss the preferred method of payment with your driver.



Booking is required for this walk. Please indicate what similar walks you have done recently (i.e. in the past few months) to give the leader confidence that you are capable of doing this one. Refer to Walking Grades which, in conjunction with the walk description, will help you assess whether you have the required walking fitness and experience to do this walk.

The Leader will confirm your acceptance on the walk, or not, via email.  The leader will provide details of where and when to meet.

By booking into this event you acknowledge that you agree to abide by our Code of Conduct.

Booking Fee:
Members: free.     Non-members: $7.

To avoid handling cash, non-members are required to pre-pay their booking fee.
You can pay by Paypal. If you are not a Paypal member, you can use Paypal to pay by credit or debit card.

If you need to cancel, please advise the leader as soon as possible, so that someone else has the opportunity.
There will be no refunds, so please do not book unless you are fully committed to walking.


What to bring

• Day pack
• Sufficient water (2 litres, more on hot summer days)
• Lunch and snacks
• Hat, sun screen
• Suitable outdoor clothing (no jeans/sneakers!)
• Rainwear & warm jacket
• Proper walking shoes/boots
• Hand Sanitiser

Refer to our Gear Checklist page for more details.   If you are not properly equipped, the walk leader can decide not to let you participate on this walk.


COVID-19 Requirements

  • You should not be attending this event if you are Covid-19 positive and/or are required to be in quarantine or isolation.
  • If you have any Covid-19 symptoms or are a contact of someone with Covid-19, please follow the instructions in the Coronavirus Victoria website.


Safety and Ambulance Insurance

We strongly recommend that you have Ambulance cover. If conditions are hazardous, the walk may be cancelled. If any doubts at all, check your emails the night before and the morning of the event. For more details refer to Joining a walk and your safety


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Activity Date(s)


January 6, 2024 9:30 am


January 6, 2024 3:30 pm







Bill X

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