"A green and secret world" Port Albert Off The Beaten Path Tip by TheWanderingCamel
Port Albert Off The Beaten Path: 2 reviews and 7 photos
Little more than half an hour's drive from the open spaces and salt-tanged air of Port Albert lies another world completely. This is the Tarra-Bulga National Park, 2000 hectares of temperate rain forest set on the slopes of the Strzelecki Range. Once all this land was covered in this beautiful forest - tall mountain ash and blackwoods on the hillsides and magnificent treeferns, myrtle beech and banyallas in the deep gullies. The National Park protects one of the last remnants of this magnificent and unique eco-system, the habitat of a variety of wildlife that includes the extraordinary egg-laying platypus and echidna and the exquisite lyrebird. We were fortunate enough to sight an echidna, the biggest wombat I've ever seen and a pair of lyrebirds as we drove through the park.
Narrow winding roads take you up and up through the forest, with some wonderful views as the road twists and turns. A suspension bridge over the valley floor is a feature of one of the marked trails, others lead to waterfalls or feature signs that identify the various species of plants - trees, ferns and fungii - to be found here. The forest here is notoriously dense so keeping to the trails is a must for your own safety as well as for the protection of the plants and wildlife.
There are three maintained picnic spots with tables, barbecues and toilet facilities. Camping is not permitted.
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