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Cyathea Falls

Cyathea Falls

(Tarra Bulga National Park)

Brataualung (Gunai) Country

Geographical Information

Tarra-Bulga National Park is situated approximately 190 kilometres east of Melbourne.  It is a great example of a cool temparate rainforest with its lush gullies, giant mountain ash trees and tree ferns.  The park is home to one of the last remnants of the indigenous eucalypt forests which once covered the region. The undisturbed mountain ash forests, fern gully communities and associated Myrtle Beech stands within the park are of considerable biogeographical significance.[1]

First Peoples Information

Bulga means ‘mountain’ in the First Nations language. The national park was named after Charlie Tarra, Count Strzelecki’s Aboriginal guide.[2]file:///Users/courtneycrosser/Downloads/tarra-bulga-national-park-visitor-guide%20(1).pdf

The significant remnants of old growth forest are characteristic of a time when only Gunaikurnai were present on the land, and is therefore an important reminder to First Nations people of what their Country was like in the time of their ancestors.[3]

The Tarra Bulga Park lies on a central part of the Gunaikurnai creation storyline where Borun the Pelican, carrying his canoe, travelled from the mountains in the north to the place called Tarra Warackel on the coast south of the park, now called Port Albert. The forest provided resources, and the stream waters that flow from Tarra–Bulga would have been important, particularly in times of drought, as they are to the present day communities of South Gippsland.[4]

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