The Friends of Tarra-Bulga National Park inc formed in 1994 in response to a specific but very important concern. During 1993 and 1994 many park visitors found to their dismay that the newly-built Visitor Centre was often closed on weekends. “The Friends” were formed to ensure that the Centre was open during peak visitor periods.
Twenty years later, staffing and maintaining the Visitor Centre is still one of the group’s main activities, but we also do plenty more including
- Fauna and flora monitoring e.g. Lyrebird Surveys.
- Working Bees to plant trees or remove weeds.
- Guided walks.
- Guest speakers.
Get more out of Tarra-Bulga National Park
Everybody knows that Tarra-Bulga National Park is a great place to visit, but even greater benefits can be had by becoming more deeply involved with this fantastic place. We have a number of ways volunteers with different interests can benefit by getting involved.
- Do you enjoy meeting visitors from overseas and interstate and helping others?
- Have time to spare on weekends and school holidays (Approx. 1 day per month).
- Have your own transport to get to Balook.
- Think that Tarra-Bulga National Park is a pretty unique and special place.
- Occasionally like some quiet time for yourself.
Then becoming a Visitors Centre volunteer could be great for you.
- Do you love getting outdoors?
- Keen on gardening.
- Reasonably fit and active.
- Available on Saturdays and have your own transport to get to Tarra-Bulga.
- Do you think that Tarra-Bulga is a pretty unique and special place (and would like to help make it even better?
Then helping out at one of our Working Bees could be great for you.
- Do you want to help monitor our Lyrebird population?
- Can get to Balook one Saturday morning at the start of winter by 6.15am.
Then volunteering for our Annual Lyrebird Survey could be great for you.
- Are you a Bird Watcher, Field Naturalist, Amateur Fungi Enthusiast, Botanist, Bug Photographer, Water Watcher etc…?
- Into Citizen Science.
Then contributing to one of our Citizen Science projects or (starting your own) could be great for you.
- Are you into photography?
- Enjoy showing off your work to a wide audience.
Then contributing your photographs taken in Tarra-Bulga, to us, for use on our website, social media or newsletter could be great for you; or you may even like to join in with our photo-monitoring project.
- Could you be an awesome nature writer?
- Enjoy blogging, poetry, creative writing,
- Want to share your talent or interest with the wider world.
Then contributing articles for our website or newsletter could be great for you.
Contact us via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone our President, David Akers: 0488 035 314, or Ranger, Craig Campbell: 5172 2508
Tarra-Bulga National Park is located in Gippsland’s Strzelecki Ranges and is a remnant of the great forests that once covered this part of Victoria. It is around a 30 minute drive from either the Latrobe Valley from the north or from Yarram in the South.