Wandering an Ancient Rain Forest in Tarra Bulga.

Hi Friends,

A couple of weeks ago, I went on a road trip with my mum to visit Tarra Bulga National Park in Traralgon, to continue my mission to see more of my home state, Victoria, before I left it.

Tarra Bulga is full of ferns

Tarra Bulga is the place for nature lovers to be

Traralgon is a 220km drive from Melbourne which takes around 2.5 hours to complete one-way. Tarra Bulga is one of only four temperate rain forests in Victoria and is full of expansive fern gullies and towering giant ash trees.

A ferny glade under the suspension bridge in Tarra Bulga

It is well known for its photogenic suspension bridge which is a fun place to have an impromptu photo shoot and a great vantage point to view thick, luscious fern gullies beneath the bridge.

The Tarra Bulga Suspension Bridge

It is full of native Australian animals

Mum and I were fortunate enough to come across a lyrebird in the middle of a grooming session in a small creek.  I have included a video clip of that moment below. Tarra Bulga National Park is home to a large variety of native birds, bats, wombats, wallabies, possums and platypus.


Post bird bathing session.

The national park can be enjoyed in a very easy stroll

In an easy 30 minute, looping walk you can take in the beauty of this ancient rain forest and stroll across the suspension bridge. This walk is great for nature lovers, I thoroughly enjoyed spotting all the little details within this forest, from the moss, to the yellow sap, to a tiny flower I spotted growing from a dead tree trunk.

Wandering across the suspension bridge

Final thoughts/notes

  • There are toilets available to use in the visitor centre area at the national park.
  • The forest floor is quite damp due to it being a rain forest, so I would recommend wearing shoes suitable for walking such as walking/running or hiking shoes.
  • I definitely recommend that nature lovers check out Tarra Bulga for a relaxing nature walk.
A tiny flower growing out of a dead tree trunk

Where else to visit nearby?

A wombat grazing by the road near Tarra Bulga
  • Cyathea Falls is less than a 15 minute drive away from the Tarra Bulga Visitor Centre if you want to check out some more nature nearby.
  • If you are happy to drive a little further away (about an hour and a half) you could visit Noojee and visit Toorongo Falls and the Noojee Trestle Bridge. 
  • For a bigger day trip, you could visit Wilsons Promontory on the same day and visit one of the many scenic spots, walking trails and beaches. Wilsons Promontory is about 2 hours away from Tarra Bulga, so this would be a very full day trip.
There are lots of native animals to spot in and around Tarra Bulga.

I hope you enjoyed this blog post, stay tuned for my last Victoria post (for a while anyway).

A self-portrait from the suspension bridge

Mikki 🙂

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