Tarra Bulga National Park
No visitor to Tarra Territory should miss out on exploring the mystically beautiful Tarra-Bulga National Park located in south-eastern Victoria’s Strzelecki Ranges 20kms north of Yarram. Covering 2015 hectares the park is one of only four major areas of cool temperate rainforests in the state.
Among the park's features are lush, moist gullies, giant Mountain Ash trees and beautiful tree ferns (37 varities). Also a haven for wildlife such as kangaroo, wallaby, wombat, possum and the ever shy platypus.
The rain forest is full of song birds. Keep an eye out for the unique Lyrebird (the bush mimic) Pilot Bird, Crimson Rosella, Yellow Robin, Yellow tailed Black Cockatoos etc.
The name Tarra-Bulga applies to the entire park which is broken down into two areas, namely Tarra and Bulga. At both areas and the Information Centre there are car parks and picnic facilities including toilets.
A perfect place to visit in all seasons, it is particularly appealing in winter when the leaves are glistening, the creeks flowing and in some cases snow falling. The magic of the forest surrounds you whether walking or just relaxing. The freshness of the air, the unspoilt beauty and the myriad of soft and gentle sounds create an atmosphere of tranquility which refreshes the soul and lingers in the mind.
Balook Visitor Centre open at Specific Times
The Visitor Centre is well designed for access. A toilet block with accessible facilities is located at the rear of the Centre. The picnic tables allow wheelchair access, although on an unsealed surface. Lyrebird Ridge walking track, leaving from the Visitor Centre, is a flat gravel track and is accessible to many people with a disability. There is an unsheltered viewing platform along this track.
Bulga and Tarra Valley Picnic Areas
The facilities and walking tracks in the Tarra Valley and Bulga picnic areas were developed in the 1940s and 50s. The tracks are generally narrow, and include steep sections and steps. Access to the toilets for people with a disability is poor. The Bulga car park is on a slope and accessibility is therefore generally poor. The walking track is reasonably accessible as far as the suspension bridge.
Things to Do
- Tarra-Bulga National Park is popular for picnics, walks, scenic drives and the study of nature.
- Roads throughout the area are narrow and winding but offer marvellous scenery with wide views from several points, including Mount Tassie, off the Traralgon-Balook Road, the Blackwarry fire tower and the Grand Ridge Road.
- The self-guided Fern Gully Nature Walk starts at Bulga picnic ground and includes the famous suspension bridge. Bulga picnic area is a short distance north of the Visitor Centre, off the Grand Ridge Road.
- Tarra Valley picnic area is on the Tarra Valley Road about 8 km from the Visitor Centre. From here a 1.5 km walk takes you through rainforest to the lovely Cyathea Falls.
- Tarra Falls are along the Tarra Valley Road, a kilometre south of the entrance to the picnic ground.
Note: Dogs and Cats are not permitted in the park
All native animals and plants are protected
Fires permitted only in the fireplaces provided
Please take your litter home with you
Camping is note permitted within the park. Caravan Parks are nearby in Yarram, There is a variety of accommodation in the immediate area.
Information Parks Victoria 13 19 63
Walk to the Magnificent Cyathea Falls
Swing Bridge Tarra-Bulga
Kangaroos Roam in the Park
Kookaburras at Tarra Bulga
Lyrebird - The Bush Mimic