While spending a bit of time in the Tarra Valley Car Park on Saturday morning it was mind blowing to witness a significant number of touristy looking vehicles slow down, check out the place from their vehicles and then drive on without getting out of the car. One lady who had stopped for a look around, approached me and said “we have come up from Yarram and were wondering where to go for the best walks!”. She seemed surprised when I said that one of the best walks in the park is right here.
The Rainforest Walk at the Tarra Valley is certainly a must-do Tarra-Bulga National Park experience. The ancient gnarly Myrtle Beech, fresh mountain streams, lush green mosses and delicate filmy ferns are truly spectacular (not to mention Cyathea Falls). Maybe it needs better signage (VicRoads) or publicity but seriously people if you a driving through, stop, get out of the car, take a walk and check it out for yourself.
Thanks to group members Martin and Bernadette for letting us use this great camera footage they captured from a very busy Lyrebird mound just near the park in the Tarra Valley. The video catches a male Lyrebird at the peak of the breeding season, strutting his stuff in a full display.
Special guided walks led by Friends of Tarra-Bulga National Park will be held this Saturday March the 19th.
The morning’s guided walk will be is the Tarra Valley Rainforest walk – 10am Meet at the Tarra Valley car park (30 min)
The afternoon guided walk will be Corrigan’s Suspension Bridge circuit – 2pm Meet at the Visitor Centre (60 min)
The park visitors centre will be open from 10am to 4pm and along with the usual displays and information there will be a special screening in the theatrette featuring images from our fauna monitoring program.
To register for either walk (or both) go to www.walking.heartfoundation.org.au/events/event/ or phone Nikki or Stacey, local coordinators Heart Foundation Walking, on 1800 242 696.
We have been showing off a some photos of the lovely vistas you may encounter while visiting Tarra-Bulga National Park on our Facebook and Twitter sites lately. Here are some of these photos for our website followers. We would hate you to feel like you were missing out! (Click on any image to start scrolling through the gallery)
The reservation of Tarra Bulga National Park began as two separate Rainforest parks over 100 years ago, (Bulga Park and the Tarra Valley). Thanks to the foresight of a few enlightened folk these magnificent areas were spared from the almost complete removal of the towering forests that once dominated the Strzelecki Ranges. From tiny beginnings the Park has grown and although much of the area, that has been added to the park was significantly degraded, the park will continue to recover and become even more of a magnificent nature asset in the future. The two parks were first joined in name as Tarra-Bulga National Park in 1986. In 2001 the park boundaries were increased and at last the two sections were physically joined.