Cyathea Falls

Tarra Bulga National Park, Victoria, Australia

About Cyathea Falls

Hiking Distance: 1.5km loop
Suggested Time: 30-45 minutes

Date first visited: 2006-11-12
Date last visited: 2006-11-12

Waterfall Latitude: -38.44491
Waterfall Longitude: 146.54184

Waterfall Safety and Common Sense

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.

Cyathea_Falls_012_11112006 - Cyathea Falls
Cyathea Falls

Nonetheless, the rainforest walk that was full of ferns and moss that reminded us of some of our hikes in New Zealand.

Perhaps 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.

Experiencing Cyathea Falls

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.

However, 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.

Cyathea_Falls_016_jx_11112006 - Me on the rainforest trail to Cyathea Falls
Me on the rainforest trail to Cyathea 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.

Tarra Falls

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.

Tarra_Falls_001_11112006 - Tarra Falls
Tarra Falls

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.


Cyathea Falls resides in the Tarra Bulga National Park near Traralgon in Victoria. It is administered jointly by Parks Victoria and the Gunaikurnai People. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, visit their website.

Cyathea_Falls_001_11112006 - The wide car park at Tarra Valley
Cyathea_Falls_003_jx_11112006 - Starting the walk for Cyathea Falls
Cyathea_Falls_003_11112006 - Julie on the rainforest walk to Cyathea Falls
Cyathea_Falls_004_11112006 - Further along the Cyathea Falls walk
Cyathea_Falls_006_11112006 - Julie reading one of the interpretive signs within the lush rainforest
Cyathea_Falls_009_11112006 - The disappointing Cyathea Falls
Gippsland_misc_005_jx_11112006 - A signpost helping us find Tarra Falls
Tarra_Falls_005_11112006 - Looking down from the top of Tarra Falls
Tarra_Falls_003_11112006 - Looking down alongside the sliding Tarra Falls
Tarra_Falls_002_11112006 - Looking back upstream towards Tarra Falls

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.

Going in the other direction from Yarram (221km or under 3 hours drive east of Melbourne), take the Tarra Valley Rd for about 22km to the north until you reach 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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