Photo Essay Images of Enchanting Walks in the Tarra Bulga National Park and Tarra Valley Rainforest
Sale in Wellington Shire (Central Gippsland) is not really a tourist town but it does have some reasonable accommodation and restaurant options so it's passable for an overnight stay especially if check-in is late and checking-out is early. It's also less than a 100 Km drive to Tarra Bulga National Park via coastal route and the Tarra Valley.
The obvious route to Tarra Bulga National Park at Balook from Sale is via Traralgon (an option for an overnight stop) in the north, but it's better to approach the park from the more scenic southerly route, which offers optional detours and stops. From Sale head south via the A440 towards Yarram and take one of the optional en-route detours to visit ninety-mile beach either turning left off the A440 to Seaspray or Woodside Beach. In Yarram, turn right onto C484 Tarra Valley Road, which at first is two-way but eventually becomes a narrow sealed road winding its way through the rainforest.
Rewarding stops before arriving at the Tarra Bulga National Park's visitor centre in Balook are the Tarra River, Tarra Falls and Tarra Valley for a circular Rainforest Walk to Cyathea Falls – the park's real gem for landscape, nature and landscape photography with plenty of opportunities for capturing, interesting images.
Tarra Falls are just a few minutes' drive south of Tarra Valley car park and reached from a pull-off on the River Valley Road. It's a very short walk to these insignificant falls, the water just tumbles down a long gradual slope.
Tarra Valley Rainforest Walk
A 1.4 Km easygoing circular walk under a canopy of tree ferns and ancient myrtle beech (Nothofagus cunninghamii) to metre Cyathea Falls that have a drop of some 10 metres.
The track is compacted with some wooden bridges across streams and steps on the steeper sections. The cool temperate rainforest is part of the Tarra Bulga National Park accessible from the River Valley Road.
Tarra Bulga National Park
Short walks start from the Visitor Centre or the picnic area in the Tarra Bulga National Park.
For a circular 3 Km stroll along some interesting tracks, leave the Visitor Centre on the Lyrebird Track, after 600 m, turn left onto Ash Track for another 600m, then right on Wills Track to the Corrigan Suspension Bridge. After crossing the bridge, take the Scenic Track, which is about 1000m or optionally Fern Tree Gully Nature Walk (750 m). Return to the Visitor Centre by the same route, via the Wills, Ash and Lyrebird Tacks.
Ash track passes through some relatively immature mountain ash (Eucalyptus regnans) trees; an ancient Mountain Ash that is over sixty metres tall is located near the bridge. From the bridge, there is a magnificent view of Fern Tree Gully, home to rough-tree-ferns (Cyathea australis) that typically grow to 12 m and the shorter soft tree fern (Dicksonia antarctica). There are several massive old Mountain Ash trees close to the path along the Scenic Track. For more information, see the Friends of Tarra-Bulga National Park web site.