Take a two to three hour drive east of Melbourne and visit the gloriously wild Tarra-Bulga National Park, South Gippsland. Travellers are sure to appreciate the escape from the hustle of urban life, although Tarra-Bulga has skyscrapers of its own in the form of giant Mountain Ash trees which grow over 115m tall. This makes them one of the tallest trees and the tallest flowering plant in the world. If you’re visiting Australia to see its signature wildlife, like wombats, wallabies and platypuses, this is where you’ll find them.
Fern Gully Nature Walk
Hiking down the Fern Gully Nature Walk trail is a great way to see all the natural wonders Tarra-Bulga has to offer. You don’t need to be a seasoned outdoorsman to complete this hike: it only takes around 15 minutes. The highlight of this walk is the Corrigan Suspension Bridge, which spans over the canopy and provides the absolute best views of the exotic rainforest locale below, which includes a number of dazzling waterfalls.
Grand Ridge Road
You don’t even have to leave your car to experience the one-of-a-kind natural beauty on display at Tarra-Bulga. Route C484 (better known as The Grand Ridge Road) winds through the Gippsland region showcasing a diverse array of landscapes from the sprawling farmland of Latrobe Valley, north to Mt Baw Baw, west to the rugged Strzelecki Ranges and south to sparkling waters of the Bass Coast and Wilsons Prom.
If you’re in need of a short break to centre yourself, get lost in nature and gorge on local produce, then Gippsland is the perfect weekend getaway. We’ve got 173 hotels in the Gippsland region to choose from. Or email us [email protected] with any requests.