The Great Forest is a new book about the extraordinary environment right in Melbourne’s backyard – the Mountain Ash and Gondwanic forests of Victoria’s Central Highlands. 


Written by Professor David Lindenmayer with stunning photography by Chris Taylor, Sarah Rees and Steven Kuiter, The Great Forest illustrates the region’s sheer beauty and wildness. Within its pages, you’ll discover why the forest is so loved by everyone who comes across it, and why we need to be proactive in protecting it from logging and bushfires. 


The city of Melbourne lies on the edge of a vast plain surrounded by a green and blue mountainous rim, whose hills and peaks are home to the magnificent Mountain Ash, the tallest flowering plant on the planet. The Mountain Ash forests were 20 million years in the making, and deep within the valleys are even more ancient, Gondwanic rainforests.’

Patagonia is hosting a live launch of the book online tomorrow night, with an unreal discussion panel to chat about how to protect our wild spaces. 

Save your spot for the event and you’ll spend a virtual evening with; 

  • David Pocock – former rugby player and activist 
  • Majell Backhausen – trail runner and Patagonia ambassador
  • Sarah Rees – the creative and business director for the Great Forest National Park 
  • Shannon Bourke – environmental and social initiatives manager at Patagonia Australia 
  • And of course the author himself, Professor Lindenmayer

Save your spot for the book launch this Thursday September 2, from 6:30pm-7:20pm. And grab a copy of The Great Forest for yourself from the Patagonia online bookstore!


Save Your Spot


Photos by Sarah Rees thanks to Patagonia