Healthy Park Walks at Tarra-Bulga National Park


Friends of Tarra-Bulga National Park

A FREE guided walk among lush green ferns, giant mountain ash and myrtle beech. Enjoy the fresh air of this beautiful park.

Times are below:

Wednesday 26 August – Corrigan Suspension Bridge Circuit
Meet at Visitor Centre (60 min walk)

Monday 28 September – Tarra Valley Rainforest Walk
Meet at Tarra Valley carpark (30 min walk)

Thursday 22 October – Corrigan Suspension Bridge Circuit
Meet at Visitor Centre (60 min walk)

Monday 16 November – Tarra Valley Rainforest Walk
Meet at Tarra Valley carpark (30 min walk)

Wednesday 9 December – Corrigan Suspension Bridge Circuit
Meet at Visitor Centre (60 min walk)

Meet at 10am

BYO: Morning tea suitable for a picnic

To register or for program updates go to www.heartfoundation.org.au/greenwalks or call 1300 362 787.

For enquiries, please contact Nikki or Stacey, Local Coordinators Heart Foundation Walking on 1800 242 696.

Park Walks Flyer pdf

Start of the Fern Gully Loop Track and the Scenic Track. Start of the Fern Gully Loop Track…

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2015 Lyrebird Survey Report


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We always cross our fingers and hope for favourable conditions on the morning of our annual Lyrebird Survey which this year was held on Saturday May 30th.  This year there was no rain but unfortunately the wind was up and noisy gusts were swirling through the canopy.

The logistics of getting a large crew of volunteers up and ready to participate at 6.15am means that we can’t afford to be flexible with our dates so it is a matter of carry on regardless. This year we had 22 volunteers turn up for the count, with most people pairing up, we were able to cover 12 out of our 16 monitoring stations, as is often the case the 4 stations in the southern section of our count area were left out.

Volunteers did a great job of arriving by 6.15 and by the time instructions were given and stations allocated it…

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A Planting Day for Those That Like a Challenge


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Big TreeFriends of Tarra-Bulga National Park have a number of project sites where they are aiming to convert several not so pristine areas of the park back to towering Mountain Ash Forest. On Saturday August the 9th they are holding a planting day along Diaper Tk where they’ve been restoring a 2ha site that was once over-run by 30m high Sycamore Maple trees.

The friends are keen for as many helpers are possible on the day but please note the task is a bit of a challenge and may not be for everyone. Access to the site is via 2.5km walk, which will probably be quite muddy at this time of year. Movement around the planting site itself is difficult, as it is covered in re-generating shrubs, ferns, logs and branches of what remains of the dead Sycamore Maple trees; there may also be the odd Leech.

In order to…

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When Koalas are on to a good thing.


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Amazing how much of a routine Koalas get into. At a camera site we had been monitoring for over 12 months, we had never come across a Koala. In fact you wouldn’t really have expected one because it is in a regrowth area of Silver Wattle, with the nearest suitable Eucalypts quite a distance away. All of a sudden our camera location has become a point on a local Koalas new favourite path. Since late May it has been crossing by our camera on average every couple of days, all up a total of 24 times (and still counting).

It is interesting to click on and check out this photo gallery to see just how regular of a routine it has.

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Winter


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When is the best time of year to visit Tarra-Bulga? I would argue any time of year could be the answer as each season tends to bring its own particular highlights.

In spring you have lots of fresh new growth and it is the peak time to catch most things in flower. In summer the shady rainforest gullies are an ideal retreat from the heat. In autumn, the diversity of fungi adds to the experience. In winter, everything is lush and green. After rain, cascading mini waterfalls in unexpected places can add to the spectacle. It is also the time when Lyrebirds are putting on displays.

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Alien Fungi


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Seems like not only plants and animals can be invasive. Yesterday, while walking along Forest Track, I spotted an unusual Fungi fruiting on a fallen log. It was a vivid orange colour and seemed to have an unusual pore arrangement on the underside. After snapping a few photos, I headed home to consult the field guides. Seeing nothing really to match, I uploaded the photo to http://www.Bowerbird.org.au  where a subscriber there quickly identified it as an exotic species, Favolaschia calocera otherwise known as Orange Pore Fungi.

Orange Pore Fungi - Favolaschia calocera, underside showing the pores. Orange Pore Fungi – Favolaschia calocera

This Fungi apparently is a recent arrival to Australia the first record of it is from 2005. It was first observed in Madagascar and has recently spread to a number of countries across the globe. According to Wikipedia it colonises ruderal sites (Wastelands/Roadsides) where it can become the dominate species. Fingers crossed it does not become a dominate feature of…

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