Image of the lyrebird from the Friends of Tarra Bulge National Park Website

The Enchanted Tarra-Bulga National Park, South Gippsland

Stepping in the Tarra-Bulga National Park, is like stepping into one of the pages of Enid Blyton’s Enchanted Wood. We didn’t resist the temptation to call out to Mr Whiskers, Moonface, Saucepan Man and Silky. Much to our disappointment some of our favourite characters, didn’t magically appear out of the forest, but we were truely impressed with the breathtaking beauty of this stunning National Park.

The Tarra-Bulga National Park is a national park located in the south Gippsland region of eastern Victoria, Australia. The park is located 33 kilometres (21 mi) south of Traralgon on the Traralgon-Balook Road.

The 1,522-hectare (3,760-acre) national park is situated approximately 240 kilometres east of Melbourne and 24 kilometres north of Yarram in the eastern part of the Strzelecki Ranges. The park is home to one of the last remnants of the indigenous eucalypt forests which once covered the region. The undisturbed mountain ash forests, fern gully communities and associated Myrtle Beech stands within the park are of considerable biogeographical significance.

 The area was first set aside as Bulga National Park in 1904, comprising 20 hectares (49 acres). In 1909 Tarra Valley National Park was designated nearby, with 303 hectares (750 acres) reserved. Over the years the two parks were gradually enlarged and then merged as the Tarra-Bulga National Park, proclaimed on 17 June 1986.

There are numerous walking tracks that emanate from the picnic areas. The Tarra Valley Rainforest Walk is a short and easy walk taking in Cyathea Falls and the Fern Gully Nature Walk, passes over Corrigan’s Suspension Bridge, which stretches through the rainforest canopy with views of the fern gully below. The three- to four-day 100-kilometre Grand Strzelecki Track connects the park with the adjacent Morwell National Park.

The park is a popular tourist attraction with a visitor centre, picnic areas with tables, fireplaces shelters and toilets. The visitors centre is open on weekends and school and public holidays. It is staffed by members of the Friends of Tarra-Bulga National Park who also undertake restoration and monitoring activities.

Since 22 October 2010, the national park is jointly managed by Parks Victoria in partnership with the Australian Aboriginal Gunaikurnai people, who are the traditional owners of the land.

Enchanted Tarra Valley

Tarra Valley bridge close to the picnic tables only a very short walk from the carpark.

Tarra Valley Picnic tables only a very short walk from the carpark.

Tarra-Bulga National Park – Tarra Falls

Welcome to Tarra-Bulga National Park

Tarra Valley Picnic tables only a very short walk from the carpark.

Tarra-Bulga National Park – Tarra Falls

Corrigans Suspension Bridge – Tarra-Bulga National Parks. Image credit to Friends of Tarra-Bulga National Park

Tarra-Bulga National Park – Slide Show

The theaterette in the visitors centre features this slideshow presentation. You can view it during your visit, or if you like have a look at it here.

Tarra-Bulga National Park – Visitors Centre

The Visitors Centre is a focus for information, interpretation and education in Tarra-Bulga National Park, with a theatrette and display area including panels explaining the natural and cultural history of the park. The designer Bruce Katsipidis of the Public Works Department, was congratulated for bringing contemporary design into a forest setting. ‘His approach’, explained the magazine Architecture in Australia, ‘recalls the idea of a minimal shelter found in mountain cattlemen’s huts without resorting to the split logs of pioneers or the mud bricks of environmentally conscious builders’.

Opening Hours:

Weekends and public holidays: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
During winter the Visitors Centre closes at 3:00 pm