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Three-Day itinerary

As soon as you hit Tarra Bulga National Park, you feel yourself let go. The most intense greens you’ve ever experienced envelope you as the road takes you on a meandering drive around hillsides, past waterfalls and cruising creeks.

One of only four major areas of cool temperate rainforest in the state, Tarra Bulga is special on many levels. Enjoy the drive, then get out and stretch your legs on the easy, rewarding and tranquil walks through the fern fronds.

Then explore the surrounding areas and find out what’s on offer in Yarram, Port Albert and districts.

Day One:

Head out of Melbourne in the morning, stopping for coffee or a quick breakfast at Yarragon on your way. Grab a light lunch to take in with you, as there are plenty of lovely picnic tables where you can sit and enjoy the bird songs and listen for the call of the elusive lyrebird while you eat.

It’s 190km from Melbourne to Tarra Bulga, and the trip will take 2 hours and 45 minutes, without factoring in stops, so have your walking shoes on ready to go when you arrive.

Arrive at the Visitor Centre Carpark and choose from one of the excellent return walks. Don’t miss the impressive walk to Corrigan Suspension Bridge, which stretches across the rainforest canopy, providing spectacular views of the fern gully on the forest floor below. This walk is 1.2km long and will take about 50 minutes return.

For more information on great walks in Tarra Bulga National Park, click here.

Next, drive to the Tarra Valley picnic area, where toilets and picnic shelters are provided. After lunch and a rest, take a look at Cyathea Falls via the Tarra Valley Rainforest Walk, through ancient Myrtle Beech trees, which create a protective canopy above the tree ferns, lichen and moss. (1.4km, 35 min return).

Do not miss your chance to stop at Tarra Valley Caravan Park (Fernholme) to try the amazing Devonshire Tea – scones like clouds, people! Then make your way to your accommodation for the night – you can stay in the rainforest at B and Bs or caravan parks that also have camp sites and cabins, or choose from a range of B and Bs, caravan parks, motels and hotels in nearby Yarram and Port Albert.

For dinner, choose between fresh, locally caught seafood at Wild Fish in Port Albert, or enjoy a great pub meal at the Yarram Club Hotel, Yarram Commercial Hotel or the Yarram Country Club.

Day Two:

Start with a relaxing breakfast and coffee at one of Yarram’s great cafes – Café Aga, Fable Café or the Yarram Coffee Palace are all great options.

Then take a stroll around Yarram’s great collection of quirky shops. You could find collectables, artworks, a unique piece of furniture or some boutique fashion. And don’t miss the window display in the local barber shop – it’s always worth a walk-by!

For lunch head to the historic Port Albert, a gorgeous fishing village where the briny air often whips in from south and there are plenty of places to enjoy fish and chips from the wharf. Or you can try the delectable array of lunch and afternoon tea choices at Port Albert Café and Wine Bar.

In the afternoon, check out the Gippsland Regional Maritime Museum, where you can get a great insight into the significance of the little Port village and the maritime industry. Then drive to Tarraville where you can visit Gippsland’s oldest church, a lovely little timber building, erected entirely without the use of nails!

If you have timed your visit well, you can end the day with a show at Yarram’s stunning art deco Regent Theatre.

 

Day three:

Check out of your accommodation and grab a long, lazy breakfast in Yarram before making your way way back to Tarra Bulga to tick off more of the walks you didn’t get to on day one.

Or drive to Sale (75km, 53 minutes from Yarram) for a big breakfast at Mister Raymond or Portside Food + Wine.

If you head to Sale, aim to get there by 9am so you can eat and fit in at least two coffees before enjoying a 10am cruise on the Thomson River with Port of Sale Heritage Cruises. Learn about the history of the region, from the first Australians to modern day, and spot a wide range of birds and wildlife from the resident koalas to Nankeen Night Herons, Cattle Egrets and Azure Kingfishers.

Return to the Port of Sale at 12pm and have lunch at one of several great places – the Star Hotel, The Criterion Hotel and Oneills Restaurant are all good choices, and there is also a strong selection of cafes, clubs and other eateries.

Otherwise, drive to the renowned Tinamba Hotel (24kms, 20 mins from Sale) for a lunch to remember before starting your drive to Melbourne.

 

 

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