Cyathea Falls was a short waterfall that was nestled deep in a Gippsland rainforest. Unfortunately, the falls wasn’t doing so well during our drought-stricken visit in November 2006, and even the recent rains that had occurred during our trip weren’t sufficient enough to revive the 10m falls. Nonetheless, the rainforest walk that was full of ferns and moss that reminded us of some of our hikes in New Zealand reminded us that under more normal circumstances, this would be a lush and green place, and I’m sure the falls would have a healthier flow as well.
The rainforest walk that took us from the Yarra Valley car park (see directions below) to the falls was a 35-minute loop walk. The weather had been mostly overcast and even a little humid within the shadowy rainforest, but when we just arrived at the falls, that was when the sun came out and pretty much killed any photos we would take of the falls. We were caught off guard at how quickly the rainforest heated up the moment the sun came out, and the humidity certainly augmented some of that muggy feeling.
As a waterfall bonus, nearby the Tarra Valley car park was the Tarra Falls. This particular waterfall was probably more of a slide or cascade, but it was also nestled in a rainforest setting. We were able to get a decent view of the cascade from a viewing deck after just a very short walk. Although we were tempted to go to the bottom of this slide, I’d imagine the steepness (and slipperiness) of the terrain as well as the ecological sensitivity of the area made us think otherwise.
From Melbourne, the most direct way to get to the closest town of Traralgon would be to take the Monash Freeway (M1) and stay on it for about 160km until you get to Traralgon (the freeway becomes the Princes Hwy once you leave Melbourne).
Once in Traralgon, we then took Traralgon Creek Rd (C483) south for about 41km (the road changed names to eventually Grand Ridge Rd as we entered Tarra Bulga National Park). The last 7km was on a winding descending section of narrow road (almost single lane in some sections), after which we eventually arrived at the Tarra Valley car park.
Note that just 1km south of the Tarra Valley car park was the roadside cascade called Tarra Falls. There was a signpost for it to help us identify it.
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