Tarra Valley Rainforest Walk in Tarra Bulga National Park

Tarra Valley Rainforest Walk in Tarra Bulga National Park

Walking in Tarra Bulga National Park

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Tarra-Bulga National Park

Tarra-Bulga National Park is one of the jointly managed parks within Gippsland. The Joint Management agreement recognises the fact that the Gunaikurnai people hold Aboriginal Title and maintain a strong connection to Country. As custodians of the land, they are the rightful people who speak for their Country. These parks and reserves are cultural landscapes that continue to be part of Gunaikurnai living culture. For more information on Joint Management, please visit the Gunaikurnai Traditional Owner Land Management Board and the Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation.

Walking from the Visitor Centre

Take a leisurely stroll along one of the many short to medium walking tracks in the park, enjoying the magnificent scenery of shady fern-lined creeks, luxuriant tree ferns, mountain ash and ancient myrtle beeches.

1. Corrigan Suspension Bridge - 1.2km, 25 minutes one way

Walk to the impressive Corrigan Suspension Bridge, which stretches through the rainforest canopy, affording spectacular views of the lush fern gully on the forest floor below. The original bridge was built in 1938 for intrepid tourists, but the bridge standing today was built more recently by the army in 1982. Follow the signs from the Visitor Centre Carpark via Lyrebird Ridge, Ash and Wills Tracks.

2. Lyrebird Ridge Track – 2.4km, 45 minutes return

This track leads through regenerating and mature Mountain Ash forests. Take a break on one of the seats along the way and immerse yourself in the sounds of the forest.

3. Forest Track – 4.4km, 1.5 hours return

Starting at the end of the Lyrebird Ridge Track, this longer walk completes a circuit back to the Visitor Centre via part of the Old Yarram-Balook Road. It winds its way through Mountain Ash forest, a rainforest gully and an unusual thicket of Hazel Pomaderris. This track is unsurfaced and has some steep sections. It is recommended for the more serious walker.

4. Ash Track – 680m, 15 minutes one way

Branching off the Lyrebird Ridge Track, this track leads through regenerating Mountain Ash forest to the beginning of the Fern Gully Nature Walk. Look for remnants of logging that occurred here in the early 1900s. Eucalypts are now growing to replace them.

5. Fern Gully Nature Walk – 720m, 15 minutes return

This walk begins where the Ash Track meets the Wills Track and gives an excellent introduction to the plants and wildlife of the Mountain Ash Forests and Cool Temperate Rainforests of the Strzelecki Ranges. Signs along this track explain the features seen.

6. Scenic Track – 1km, 20 minutes one way

This walk from Corrigan’s Suspension Bridge to the Bulga entrance takes you through tall Mountain Ash forest and Cool Temperate Rainforest. At the end you can continue back to the Visitor Centre via the Link Track or take the road to the Bulga Carpark.

 

Walking from Tarra Valley

7. Tarra Valley Rainforest Walk – 1.4km, 40 minutes return

Meander through a rainforest gully and across trickling mountain streams to Cyathea Falls. The ancient Myrtle Beech along the trail creates a protective canopy above a delicate understorey of tree ferns, lichens and moss.

 

Grand Strzelecki Track

To go further afield and explore the beauty of the Strzelecki Ranges, embark on the Grand Strzelecki Track. Over 100kms connecting two National Parks, Morwell and Tarra-Bulga, you will traverse changing landscapes, including valleys, farmlands, old and regrowth forests, bushfire regeneration and managed plantation forests. Home to abundant wildlife, including koalas, wallabies, echidnas and possums. The trek can take 3-4 days or be broken into smaller sections.

For further information visit www.grandstrzeleckitrack.org.au

Things To Do

 
A waterfall in the Tarra Bulga National Park

Cultural Heritage Tarra-Bulga National Park

Tarra-Bulga sits in a significant part of the Gunaikurnai cultural landscape - on their creation storyline, where Borun travelled carrying his canoe from the mountains to the sea. There is still much work to be done to fully understand the cultural values within the park, but the significant remnants of old growth forest are characteristic of a period when only Gunaikurnai were present on the land.
Moss covered rocks next to a stream in the Tarra Bulga National Park

Photography and birdwatching

Tarra-Bulga National Park is a wonderful place for photography - from giant Mountain Ash trees to tiny fungi and ferns, there are many beautiful subjects to study. With over 100 bird species, it is also a bird watchers paradise, particularly noted for Lyrebirds and the Pilot Birds that follow them around.
Picnic area and carpark at Tarra Valley in Tarra Bulga National Park

Picnicking at Tarra-Bulga

Tarra-Bulga National Park is a delightful setting for a picnic. Three picnic areas are situated within the park: at the Visitor Information Centre, Tarra Valley and Bulga. The Visitor Centre picnic area provides picnic tables, electric barbecues, a picnic shelter and toilets with disabled access. Tarra Valley and Bulga picnic areas are set amongst the Giant Mountain Ash and shady fronds of tree ferns. Tables, toilets and picnic shelters are provided. Rubbish bins are not provided. Please take all your rubbish with you.
Two people stop and take in the view from the Corrigan Suspension Bridge at Tarra-Bulga National Park.

Tarra-Bulga National Park

Tarra-Bulga National Park on Brataualung Country, is highly significant to Gunaikurnai Traditional Owners due to its remarkable Aboriginal cultural heritage. Known for its giant Mountain Ash trees, beautiful fern gullies and ancient myrtle beeches, it has some of the best examples of original cool temperate rainforests of the Strzelecki Ranges.

How to get there

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Tarra-Bulga National Park is situated approximately 190 kilometres east of Melbourne. Take the Princes Highway to Traralgon, then follow Traralgon Creek Road to Traralgon South and then Traralgon-Balook Road to Balook. The park can also be reached from Yarram via the Tarra Valley Road or Bulga Park Road. Roads throughout the area are narrow and winding but offer marvellous scenery with panoramic views from several points, including Mount Tassie. The Traralgon-Balook Road and the Tarra Valley Road are sealed - all other roads are dirt.

Facilities

Carpark
Lookout

Need to know

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Change of Conditions

Nature being nature, sometimes conditions can change at short notice. It’s a good idea to check this page ahead of your visit for any updates.

  • Fern Gully Nature Walk (Tarra-Bulga National Park)

    Bulga Picnic Shelter

    The Bulga Picnic Shelter on the Fern Gully Nature Walk  has been closed for repair and visitors will not be able to exit the park through this facility. 
    Fern Gully Nature Walk remains open up to the picnic shelter. Visitors will need to exit via Wills Track or Link Track.

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Two families walk along the Lilly Pilly Gully walk.

Day walks at the Prom

There are many walks around the Prom. The walks provide a perfect opportunities to view native wildlife including kangaroos, wallabies, emus and wombats as well as some spectacular views.
Rainforest Gallery in Yarra Ranges National Park

Rainforest Gallery

This beautiful site features a 40 metre long observation platform (one of only three of its type in Australia) which takes you into the rainforest canopy 15 metres above the ground.
Two women follow the path through scrub up Mt Bogong with mountain views in the distance.

Walking

Whether you’re after a gentle stroll or something long-distance, there are walking trails to suit all levels of fitness and ability.
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