Natural Attractions & National Parks

Come and experience Gippsland's many natural attractions from the beach to the bush there is something for everyone. The beauty will amaze you!

ADA TREE

The Ada Tree is a huge and ancient Mountain Ash, which is estimated to be over 300 years old. The tree stands 76 metres high and 15 metres in circumference and is one of Victoria’s tallest trees.
Location: 25 kms Northwest of Noojee, located 1.6 km from the Ada River Road car park
Facilities: Picnic and toilet facilities available

 

ALPINE NATIONAL PARK

646,000 hectares of spectacular pristine mountain scenery including gorges, waterfalls, high planes, more than 1,100 native plant species. Visitors can take one of the many walks or drives to take in all this beautiful National Park has to offer. Bryce's Gorge accessible via a 7.5 km excellent family walking trail, is one of the parks most impressive features.
Location: 260 km east of Melbourne 5 km Northeast of Licola 15km North and West of Dargo
Access: Best access from Licola via the Tamoritha Road, from High Plains Road via Dargo or from Crooked River Road via Waterford
Phone: Parks Vic 13 1963

AVON-MT HEDRICK SCENIC RESERVE

Rocky escarpments, the Avon River, high peaks and gorges are a part of this 5,700 hectare reserve which is predominantly a dry open forest with displays of beautiful wildflowers. Several short walking tracks wander through this scenic reserve.
Location: Several roads running off the Newry-Glenmaggie Road, via Maffra or Heyfield
Facilities: Day picnic and BBQ facilities are provided at: Nicholson Rocks The Channels car park Dermody’s
Camp
Walking
tracks also available at: Mt Hedrick Camping permitted at Dermodys and Huggetts Crossing
Phone: 5147 1081 or 5148 2355

LAKE GLENMAGGIE

During the 1920’s, the township of Glenmaggie was flooded to store the waters of the Macalister River for irrigation purposes. The original township remains at the bottom of the lake. Visitors are able to walk across the weir wall and through the native arboretum.
Location: 11 km north of Heyfield
Facilities: Solid fuel BBQs, picnic, playground and toilet facilities are provided at the weir wall

 

LAKE TALI KARNG

The "Hidden" Lake was formed more than 1500 years ago by an enormous landslide. It is situated 850 metres above sea level and is the source of the Wellington River. Very steeply sided banks surround it. The trail to the lake is recommended for experienced bushwalkers and you will need to be fit to walk the 18 km journey. Lake Tali Karng has been a popular walking destination since the 1800’s.
Location: 40 kms Northeast of Licola

LAKES NATIONAL PARK

In the middle of the Lakes system, surrounded by Lakes Victoria and Reeve is the Lakes National Park. It is situated at the remote end of the peninsula known as Sperm Whale Head and includes the islands of Rotomah and Little Rotomah. Declared a National Park in 1927 it is known mostly for its wetlands and one of the country’s best displays of native orchids and banksia woodlands. The orchids are at their best between August and November.
Location: 274 kms east of Melbourne
Phone: 131 963

MITCHELL RIVER NATIONAL PARK

The Mitchell River National Park is best known for its magnificent rainforest of the Woolshed Creek Gorge with its steep walls and lush vegetation. The Den of Nargun is also a major feature. Rafting and canoeing are very popular activities on the Mitchell River.
Location: 30 kms Northeast of Stratford
Best accessed from
Princes Highway Fernbank, 22 kms east of Stratford
Phone: 131 963

 

DEN OF NARGUN

The Den of Nargun is an Aboriginal sacred site and a major feature on the Bataluk Aboriginal Cultural Trail. A pleasant walk along a sign posted track leads visitors to a limestone cave containing stalactites and stalagmites. The early Aborigines though the cave was inhabited by a devil-like creature, Nargun.
Location: Wallers Road, car access via Lindenow and Glenaladale
Information: Information on the Bataluk Aboriginal Cultural Trail is available from the information centres

NOORAMUNGA MARINE AND COASTAL PARK

Best described as a treasure, this park is the largest salt marsh and mangrove on Victoria’s mainland. The mudflats and natural vegetation are an important habitat for migratory wading birds such as the White Bellied Sea Eagle, and the endangered Ground Parrot and Orange Bellied Parrot. Boat tours departing from Port Albert allow visitors to experience these and other birds in their natural habitat. Wild Hog Deer also inhabit the islands.
Location: 15 km south of Yarram
Best accessed from Port Albert via Yarram on the
South Gippsland Highway
Phone: 131 963

ROTOMAH ISLAND

The Royal Australian Ornithological Union as a bird observatory operates the 1908 Barton Homestead on the island. Accessible only by boat it is a renowned bird watching location and a must for keen birdwatcher. Arrangements need to be made for access.
Location: 72 kms east of Sale, via Loch Sport. Located between Lake Victoria and the Ninety Mile Beach within the Lakes National Park
Phone: 131 963

SALE COMMON WETLAND

Between the Latrobe and Thomson Rivers and Flooding Creek lies 308 hectares of internationally listed wetland. Stroll along the 450 meters of boardwalk and observe the hundreds of varieties of birds or get even closer from the two bird hides. There is a shorter boardwalk located between Lakes Guthridge and Guyall in Sale.
Location: South Gippsland Highway, Sale
Phone: 131 963

 

TARRA BULGA NATIONAL PARK

1,640 hectares of surprises is the Tarra Bulga National Park. An ancient Myrtle Beech tree more than 1,000 years old, natural mountain forest, fern gullies, towering Mountain Ash, waterfalls such as Cyathea and Tarra Falls and the famous suspension bridge are a few of the major attractions at this national park.
The vibrant bird life including the lyrebird can often be spotted along the walking tracks and nature trails.
The Information Centre at Balook with its audio-visual displays and children’s activity centre provide current information and information on early settlement of the area.
Location: Grand Ridge Road, Balook
Facilities: Disable access to centre and the Lyrebird Ridge track, BBQ and picnic area with shelter and toilets
Phone: Parks Vic 131963

 

WIRILDA ENVIRONMENT PARK

This 100 ha bushland park is managed by the Wirilda Project Association and is open from 9am to dusk. The red box eucalypt association, the riparian vegetation as well as the developing wetland attract the 90 bird species recorded for the Park and provide opportunities for botanising as well as bird watching. Other activities include swimming, fishing, picnicking and bushwalking. There are two marked walks in the park, which is also the southern starting point of the pleasant day walk from Tyers to Moondarra Dam.
Location: Access is via Clarkes Road, which turns north off the Yallourn North/Tyers Road.
Facilities: Toilets, barbecues, shelter and tables are provided

 MOROKA GORGE

Spectacular panoramic views, deep valleys, rocky cliffs and escarpments, will be the reward for your effort on the medium to hard walk to this beautiful gorge. Visitors will view some of the more rugged side of Victoria.
Location: 75 km east of Licola
Best accessed from Licola, via Heyfield
Phone: 131 963

 

BAW BAW PLATEAU

Baw Baw is an Aboriginal name meaning "echo". The Baw Baws are an eight peaks rising more than 100 metres of block granite. There is a diverse range of plant and animal life in the Baw Baws such as kangaroos, wombats and the rare Leadbeater Possum, Alpine and Mountain Ash and Byrtle Beech are a few. Mt Baw Baw Alpine Village is a popular destination during the ski season for families. A network of walking tracks are popular year round.
Location: Best access from Drouin West, Warragul, Moe or Noojee
Phone: 5165 1136 information

BLUE POOL

Set in natural bushland, Blue pool is a crystal clear pool at Freestone Creek. Freestone Creek is a part of Gippsland’s forgotten goldfields and a short walk from Blue Pool. Several short walks commence from the Blue Pools.
Location: Freestone Creek, 10 kms north of Briagolong
Facilities: Day picnic and BBQ facilities provided

DARGO HIGH PLAINS

The legends of the mountain cattlemen and their high country huts were born here. The plains vary from between 1,200 and 1,500 metres above sea level and were first crossed by miners travelling to the gold diggings. When mining stopped in the early 1900’s, the are was used for summer grazing of cattle.
Spring is the ideal time to explore the high plains when wildflowers cover the countryside and the views are particularly clear. There are numerous walks available varying from short to overnight stays which are strictly for experienced walkers only.
Location: Best access is via a partially unsealed road from Dargo Township to the Great Alpine Road, (closed June to October – subject to snow conditions)

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HOLEY PLAIN STATE PARK

Over 500 species of native flora such as banksias and melaleucas and an array of native fauna make exploration of the Holey Plain State Park a very relaxing experience. Named Holey Plain in the 1800’s because of the numerous yabby holes in the land along the Latrobe River. Several roads and tracks allow exploration of the park and the fire tower at Holey Hill, which provides a fantastic view.
Location: 5 kms Southeast of Rosedale
Facilities: Solid fuel BBQs, picnic facilities and toilets are provided
Phone: Parks Vic 13 1963

MORWELL NATIONAL PARK

The two walking tracks through the Morwell National Park will allow visitors to take in sights such as more than 40 species of native orchid. Summer is the best time to see the biggest ground orchid in Victoria the Flowering Hyacinth Orchid. Tree ferns, a Stringybark forest and Blue Gums make the walks an extremely pleasant experience.
Location: 16 km South of Morwell
Facilities: Solid fuel BBQs, picnic shelters and toilets
Phone: 131 963

MT WORTH STATE PARK

A walking trail through the Mt Worth State Park lets the visitor experience one of the few uncleared bush lands remaining in the western Strzeleckis. Mt Worth State Park is small in area, but with its own charm.
Location: 18 kms south of Warragul
Facilities: Solid fuel BBQ’s, picnic area and toilets located on the eastern side
Information: 131 963

NINETY MILE BEACH: (GIPPSLAND COASTAL PARK)

A strip of pristine white sand which is Ninety Mile Beach separates Bass Strait and The Gippsland Lakes Systems. Patrolled beaches at Letts Beach (Golden Beach), Seaspray and Woodside are perfect for all of the family to enjoy. Fishing, surfing, strolling along the beach or exploring the wreck of the "Trinculo" near Golden/Paradise Beach – the options are endless year round. The offshore oil platforms in Bass Strait can also be spotted from various locations along the beach.
Location: Access from Sale or South Gippsland Highway via Woodside Beach, Seaspray, Golden/Paradise Beach or Loch Sport with many spots in between.

TOORONGO FALLS

Just north of Noojee, you will find the stunning Toorongo Falls. This picturesque reserve has ideal picnic and toilet facilities. The easy circular walking track takes in both Toorongo Falls and Amphitheatre Falls with their spectacular viewing platforms.

Location: Toorongo Falls Reserve, Toorongo Falls Road, Noojee
Facilities: BBQs, camping and picnicking on the open grassy area near the entrance to the reserve is very popular

PINNACLES

A thousand metre drop from the side of the rocky walls of The Pinnacles to the hills below and Wonnangatta Valley is the awesome view awaiting visitors. From the Fire Watching Tower the view extends from Mt Hotham in the north to the Gippsland Lakes in the south.
Location: 95 kms east of Licola, accessed from Licola via Heyfield or Dargo during summer
Access: 4wd access only

 

WONNANGATTA STATION

This remote and beautiful valley is accessible by 4wd, horseback or on foot. The unsolved murder when, in 1917 the manager of Wonnangatta Station, James Barclay was found dead has provided the setting for one of the High Country’s famous mysteries. The missing cook was suspected of the murder until, the following spring his body was found under the thawing snow. Never solved, cattle rustlers were suspected of crime. The homestead burned down in 1957. Only the graveyard and the mystery remain.
Location: 40 km northeast of Licola
Access: Best access via Licola (allow 3 hours travelling time) or Dargo via 4WD, horseback or on foot
Summer access only recommended

TYERS STATE PARK

Tyers Park comprises 1310 ha of forest in the foothills to the north of the Latrobe Valley between Traralgon and Erica. Outcrops of limestone and conglomerate are a feature. The vegetation is predominately open forest and woodland. A walking track follows the Tyers River from Moondarra Reservoir to Wirilda Environment Park (about 5 hours walk). Various access roads to points along the track allow walks on shorter sections. Petersons Lookout is a crag of conglomerate rock, which overlooks the Tyers Gorge, providing fine views of the Tyers River and the Latrobe Valley.
Location: It is reached via the track marked W2 from the Tyers-Walhalla Road.
Facilities: There are picnic tables and toilets at Moondarra Reservoir
Phone: Parks Victoria, Erica Office 5165 3204

MOONDARRA STATE PARK

Moondarra State Park takes in an area of 6,292 ha of forest on the northern edge of the Latrobe Valley. The Park protects a rich variety of native flora and fauna whilst providing for sightseeing, bushwalking, swimming and other activities. Remains of the old narrow gauge railway line which ran from Moe to Walhalla may be seen in the southern section. The area is noted for its wildflower displays, particularly along Seninis Track where 16 species of native orchids have been recorded.
Location: The Park is accessed from the Moe-Erica Road.
Facilities: Camping, barbeque, picnic and toilet facilities are accessed via Seninis Track and there are basic picnic facilities at the
Tyers Bridge

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