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