Ten years after the devastating fires of Black Saturday, the forests of Victoria’s Central Highlands are regenerating, and so are the communities they house.

Story + Photos Don Fuchs

The transformation couldn’t be more dramatic. After a winding climb into the hills behind trendy Healesville, Donna Buang Road deteriorates into a single-lane dirt track. The crowns of straight-trunked mountain ash, the tallest flowering trees in the world, reach into wispy morning mist, and lush tree ferns cover the slopes. Water drips from leaves 40, 50, maybe even 60m up, and birds twitter and call, including Australia’s most skilled avian impersonator, the lyrebird. 

This is one of the most beautiful forest drives in the country.

This story excerpt is from Issue #127

Outback Magazine: Oct/Nov 2019