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Looking for amazing camping and free guided walks?
Not knowing much about the Grand Strzelecki Track (pronounced Stral-ets-ki), I called up the "Fernholme" Tarra Valley Caravan Park to book a campsite for our group of "Happy Hikers" on our first discovery weekend. Luckily, David and Vicky were quick to find us the best guide "Richard A" to show us around Tarra Valley Rainforest Walk, the Corrigan Suspension Bridge and hike upto Mount Tassie. Surrounded by beautiful fern forests, towered by tall mountain ash, mesmerized by beautiful waterfalls, we were just blown away. That was in 2013. Since then, we've been back to visit every year in September, to celebrate "Australia Trails Day." We highly recommend that you do too.
This year, I was back again with our group of 'happies' and "Gonzo" our group mascot to explore a few walks that start at the Tarra Valley Visitor Center. There were many families out and about on a cold spring morning. Once discovered, these spectacular forests draw you back. They are home to trees over a thousand years old. The Visitor Center provides information about the fauna and flora as well as the hardship of the early settlers in these parts.
If you are looking for a place to take the family out on an adventure during the holidays, or just want to explore a new and wonderful destination with a group of friends, head down to the Tarra Bulga Visitor Center on October 16 for a free BBQ lunch, followed by one of two guided walks:
Duff Sawmill Heritage Trail(expected walk time 1:30pm – 3:30pm). A reasonably easy walk of approximately 8km from the Tarra Bulga Visitor Centre to the Mount Tassie lookout and picnic area. One of the Grand Strzelecki Track's most scenic walks, traversing mossy Blackwood forest and finishing with open panoramic views from Mount Tassie, this trail also gives an understanding of the rich settlement and saw milling history of the area through a set of new interpretive signs.
Wild Cherry Track & Macks Creek Valley (expected walk time 1:30pm – 4:30pm). A moderate grade walk of approximately 10km from the Tarra Bulga Visitor Centre to Roberts Road Bridge. Another scenic and varied walk, traversing mixed eucalypt forest, rainforest, and four creek crossings for the brave! Macks Creek boasts beautiful rock pools, cascades and Gardiner Falls, and interpretive signs along the way provide an insight into the extensive restoration and weed removal works that have been undertaken among the track's significant rainforest remnants.
Shuttle buses will be available for travel from the end of the walks so registration is essential – first in, best dressed! Book a place on your walk of choice by emailing Pam at firstname.lastname@example.org, or calling her on (03) 5196 6140 / 0417 393 303.
I highly recommend that you take a road trip to this amazing place and spend the weekend at Fernholme. Mention "Happy When I'm Hiking" and David will have a warm fireplace ready to sit around with friends and family at the end of your walks - and you may even have a friendly possum visit! The caravan park has campsites with a fully-equipped communal kitchen and hot shower facilities. If camping is not your thing, there are cosy cabins.