It was blowing a gale. The wind was so strong on our 40 minute drive south from Traralgon that our car was drifting and shaking on the road. When we reached the visitor centre parking lot and started bundling up, I honestly started considering hanging out in the car with Jacob watching Dora the Explorer on the tablet while Dan trekked off with his camera.
When are we going to be back though? And with that thought, I bundled up and Jacob and I started out on our hike.
Tarra Bulga National Park is located about 40 minutes south of Traralgon in the South Gippsland region. The park is home to one of the last remnants of the indigenous eucalypt forests which once covered the region.
There are loads of great hikes and picnic spots in Tarra Bulga National Park. We went on two of the shorter walks with our little guy. Jacob, at 20 months old, absolutely loved it! His little baby legs managed to complete not one, but two, of the short hikes. A combined distance of about 3 kilometers! As soon as we entered into a dense bush, the high wind that pushed us around in the car was gone. The only remnants of its strength could be seen as the tops of the tall trees whipped around. Every time the wind blew the tops of the trees Jacob would stop in his tracks, look upwards and say “WWOOOOWWW!”
Jacob was so excited about the walks in Tarra Bulga National Park that he stayed in front of us for the entire walk. His little legs pumping hard. He would yell “WATY” every time he saw a creek or stream, and “YUCK” when we passed a dead fern frond. It was a great day to be a Jacob.
Great short walks in Tarra Bulga National Park
The first walk we did was the Corrigan Suspension Bridge walk. This walk departs from the Tarra Bulga Visitor centre, is 1.2 km’s each way and takes about 1 hour round trip. The Suspension Bridge is a great way to see the fern gully from above, and the walk is easy without any steep areas.
The second walk we did was the Cyathea Falls walk. The walk is about 2 kilometers round trip and crosses over a beautiful peaceful stream several times as the trail snakes it’s way to the waterfall. We met some other hikers on the trail who told us that you can sometimes spot wild platypus in the stream, but with noisy Jacob in tow, we sure didn’t spot any.
Longer walks in Tarra Bulga National Park
For those craving more of an adventure, then check out the Grand Strzelecki Track. This massive trail covers more than just the Tarra Bulga National Park, but the park is a major feature in the track. If you interested in some hard core trekking, then check our the Grand Strzelecki Track website here.
A word of warning : If you are spending much time hanging out around the creeks and waterfalls of Tarra Bulga National Park, you might want to tuck your pants into your socks. One word – Leeches. That is all.
We visited Traralgon and Tarra Bulga National Park as part of our Gippsland adventure tour with Choice Hotels. Stay tuned to hear more about our adventures and the fantastic locations we visited. Want to win your own Aussie Road Trip Adventure? Check out the Tom Williams Aussie Adventures competition for your chance to win.