Kookaburras in the Tarra Bulga

By Kathie Baker
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Photo: Kym McLeod

Discover the secrets of the forest in this Gippsland National Park

Tarra Bulga. Now that sounds like a mouthful—and it congers up all sorts of images from cheese to caviar. However here in Gippsland it is in fact a National Park. It’s nestled in South Gippsland, Victoria and is a wonderful place for an overnight trip or a day trip with the family over the weekend.

Its giant Mountain Ash Trees tower above the canopy beneath sheltering the underlying vegetations from the searing summer sun and keeping everything moist and happy. The fern gullies and Myrtle Beeches (trees) are a perfect backdrop and a great hiding place for the many critters habituating the forest.

Kookaburras in the Tarra Bulga
Corrigan’s Suspension Bridge

This cool temperate rainforest of the Strzelecki Ranges is a great place to visit in the summer to escape the heat, but in winter it is equally as intriguing. There is nothing quite the same as taking in a breath of eucalyptus.

If you are lucky you may catch a glimpse of a Lyrebird scratching about amongst the leaf litter looking for insects and grubs. True to their name they mimic the sounds of others in the forest

Grab a picnic basket and spend the day discovering the delights of the forest. Lyre Birds Pilotbird, Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo, Eastern Whipbird, Laughing Kookaburra, Crimson Rosella and Currawongs. Stand still and listen to the magical voices of these birds, a complete contrast to the sounds of the city. Hear the rustling of the trees. A great place to sit and meditate, and hang out with family and friends.

At night, the forest comes to life as possums, owls and bats emerge from tree hollows to feed amongst the spreading branches of the rainforest canopy.

If you are lucky you may catch a glimpse of a Lyrebird scratching about amongst the leaf litter looking for insects and grubs. True to their name they mimic the sounds of others in the forest. It’s also home to other favorites, such as the Common Wombat, Swamp Wallaby, Greater Glider, Sugar Glider, Brushtailed Possum and Platypus. You have to be clever though as many of these little critters are shy by nature will avoid contact. Therefore, stand still and just take it all in.

Walk to the impressive Corrigan’s Suspension Bridge, which stretches through the rainforest canopy. The kids love this bridge as they try and scare their parents and themselves by artificially rocking the bridge.

Don’t forget to check out the falls—another magical spot to just chill and enjoy all that nature has to offer.

 

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