Tarra-Bulga National Park
|Tarra-Bulga National Park|
Forest near Cyathea Falls, in the national park
|Nearest town or city||Yarram|
|Area||15.22 km2 (5.9 sq mi)|
|Established||17 June 1986|
|Visitation||80,000 (in 1995)|
|Website||Tarra-Bulga National Park|
The Tarra-Bulga National Park is a national park located in the south Gippsland region of eastern Victoria, Australia. The 1,522-hectare (3,760-acre) national park is situated approximately 240 kilometres (150 mi) east of Melbourne and 24 kilometres (15 mi) north of in the eastern part of the Strzelecki Ranges. The park is home to one of the last remnants of the indigenous eucalypt forests which once covered the region. The undisturbed Mountain Ash forests, fern gully communities and associated Myrtle Beech stands within the park are of considerable biogeographical significance.
The area was first set aside as Bulga National Park in 1904, comprising 20 hectares (49 acres). In 1909 Tarra Valley National Park was designated nearby, with 303 hectares (750 acres) reserved. Over the years the two parks were gradually enlarged and then merged as the Tarra-Bulga National Park, proclaimed on 17 June 1986.
The deeply incised river valleys of the park are dominated by wet sclerophyll tall open forest of mountain ash (Eucalyptus regnans), with an understorey of blackwood (Acacia melanoxylon), hazel pomaderris (Pomaderris aspera) and tree ferns (Dicksonia antarctica and Cyathea australis). Pockets of the park feature cool temperate rainforest, including Myrtle Beech Nothofagus cunninghamii. The ridges are dominated by open forest and low open forest of stringybark eucalypts and gums. The park is also noted for its diversity of Fungi species, which are prominent in autumn.
The tourist attractions include a large suspension bridge walk over the valley and many bushwalking tracks, and now provides visitors with an excellent example of the sort of forests which were once widespread in the area. The park has a visitors centre which is open on weekends and school and public holidays. It is staffed by members of the Friends of Tarra-Bulga National Park who also undertake restoration and monitoring activities.
- Friends of Tarra-Bulga National Park website
- Parks Victoria, Government of Victoria (November 2013). Tarra-Bulga National Park (Map). http://parkweb.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0004/545755/Map-Tarra-Bulga-NP.pdf.
- Catrice, Daniel (circa 1996). "Tarra-Bulga National Park". Victoria's Heritage (PDF). Parks Victoria, Government of Victoria.