Rainforest Hiking and More

Last night’s footy game was exciting as the team that was heavily favored to win, and overwhelmingly represented in the MCG, had to come from behind in the second half to pull out a win. Jim’s US colleague, Anthony, who is in AU for a few weeks, joined us for the game and it is always fun to take a newbie to a game!

This morning we quickly packed up for a night away and headed the car to the east. Jim read about a National Park that offered some hiking opportunities and chances to see some waterfalls, so that was our destination. The Tarra-Bulga National Park is about 200k from Melbourne and it was an easy drive. Actually the last 15k were rather exciting as we were on a narrow road that was about wide enough for one car, but was a two-way road! The park is in a rain forest and the road into and through the park was littered with shredding bark tree debris, in addition to being narrow and curvy! It was a fun drive!

We stopped to hike at 2 different areas of the park. We were the only car in the car park when we arrived at 10:30 AM and by the time we had completed 2 loop hikes and returned to our car, the car park was full and there seemed to be a large group picnic happening under one of the picnic canopies! We saw only a few people out on the trails so were surprised to see so much action at the picnic grounds. Our loop hikes took us through the rainforest and across a suspension bridge deep in the forest of mountain ash and fern trees. The hiking was on good trails and the 13 degree temps made it very comfortable hiking. We ate a packed lunch before moving on to our first waterfall hike.

Love the Mountain Ash trees!

Love the Mountain Ash trees!

Huge fern trees in the bottom of the gully.

Huge fern trees in the bottom of the gully.

The Corrigan Suspension Bridge

The Corrigan Suspension Bridge

 

Cyathea Falls was at the end of an easy hike in the rainforest. It was amazingly green around the bright white waterfalls which made the falls pop right out of the landscape.

Cyathea Falls

Cyathea Falls

Our second waterfall was right next to the road and was more like an enourmous, steep water slide. We enjoyed seeing this falls but it was nearly impossible to get a good photo of it.

The Tarra-Bulga National Park is home to lyrebirds. Unfortunately they are very illusive~we heard them deep on the forest floor, but we could never see one. But then on the drive out of the park we came around a corner on that narrow, curvy road and there was one on the side of the road. He didn’t hang around long enough to get a photo, but we felt incredibly lucky to have seen one.  I am including this photo from the internet so you can see what the lyrebird looks like.

Lyrebird

Lyrebird

We then drove to Agnes Falls which was outside of the park. This falls fell 59 meters and was beautiful. It fell in several wide tiers and at the very end all the water was funneled into one channel and plunged with fury over the last few meters.

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Agnes Falls

We drove to two coastal towns and walked along their esplanades, checking out their fishing fleets and bird life.

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Port Albert Fishing Fleet.

We are staying the night in Foster, Victoria and tomorrow we will do some things along the coast as we head back west towards Melbourne. There is lighthouse that we hope to check out.

Thanks to Jim for the photos in this blog entry. The cable cord to transfer my photos from the camera to the computer is back in the apartment! You’d think we’d know what to pack by now, but this one slipped by us!

Cheers!

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