Tarra-Bulga National Park
Tarra-Bulga National Park is one of the jointly managed parks within Gippsland. The Joint Management agreement recognises the fact that the Gunaikurnai people hold Aboriginal Title and maintain a strong connection to Country. As custodians of the land, they are the rightful people who speak for their Country. These parks and reserves are cultural landscapes that continue to be part of Gunaikurnai living culture. For more information on Joint Management, please visit the Gunaikurnai Traditional Owner Land Management Board and the Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation.
Tarra-Bulga National Park on Brataualung Country, is highly significant to Gunaikurnai Traditional Owners due to its remarkable Aboriginal cultural heritage.
Known for its giant Mountain Ash trees, beautiful fern gullies and ancient myrtle beeches, Tarra Bulga in South Gippsland has some of the best examples of original cool temperate rainforests of the Strzelecki Ranges. Walk to the impressive Corrigan’s Suspension Bridge, which stretches through the rainforest canopy, affording spectacular views of the lush fern gully on the forest floor below.
In 1903 the Alberton Shire Council (now Wellington Shire) asked the State Government to reserve an area of forest near Balook as a public park, describing it as having 'fern gullies unequalled in any part of Victoria'. Twenty hectares were reserved and given the name Bulga, meaning mountain.
Six years later, 140 hectares were reserved in the Tarra Valley, with this park being named after Charlie Tarra, an Aboriginal man who guided the explorer Strzelecki and his party through Gippsland in 1840.
Following recommendations by the Land Conservation Council, the two separate National Parks were joined, and an enlarged and re-named Tarra-Bulga National Park, declared in June 1986, now covers 2,014 hectares.
Things To Do
Picnicking at Tarra-Bulga
Photography and birdwatching
Tarra Bulga National Park
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Tours in the area
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How to get there
Tarra-Bulga National Park
Alternatively, for the more adventurous, the park is located on the Grand Ridge Road and can be approached along this iconic road from east, starting at Carrajung, or west, starting at Strzelecki on the Warragul - Korumburra Road and travelling through Mirboo North. Take care if using this road, as it is unsealed and frequented by logging trucks.