Grand Strzelecki Track

Grand Strzelecki Track, Balook: Address, Grand Strzelecki Track Reviews: 4.5/5

Grand Strzelecki Track
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Avalee W
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia15 contributions
Mar 2018 • Family
Following advice from the Tarra Bulga Visitors Centre at Balook our family set out on an overnight hike to do the Mack's Loop part of the Grand Strzelecki Track. Carrying 15kg packs, we set off following the Lyrebird Ridge track, which then connects to the Mack's Creek loop. Our plan was to stay at the Macks Creek campsite at the Scout Hall - a 13km trip to that point. While in the national park, the going was good - clear, accessible, interesting track winding, up and down gentle hills through stunning scenery. Once the path left the national park, we followed the fire track (including a steep downhill called The Wall) and then entered land near the plantations. At this point the conditions changed dramatically - the path almost disappeared, we were pushing through bushes and shrubs guided only by the track markers. Hiking up the hills with heavy packs the track was very steep in places, the dry ground would crumble under foot and give way as we stepped. We had to kick our toes into the dirt to gain a hold and there were lots of fallen trees to climb over. It was difficult and even dangerous. If it had been wet, it would have been impassable. We thought the hike would take 4.5 hours but in the end it took almost 6, and the Scout Hall 'campsite' was a dry sandy carpark with no facilities and no access to the creek. In the end we hitched a ride back to our car with a friendly local lady, rather than making camp. It was a disappointing end to a challenging day. If we go back, we will stay on the tracks within the national park - and leave our packs behind.
Written March 10, 2018
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Mei Y
Nullagine, Australia1,332 contributions
Jul 2017 • Friends
Thanks to the hard work of the many years of hardworking volunteers and Parks Victoria, Victoria has another multi day 110km track to its credit!! With the 'healthy people healthy mind' motto by Parks Victoria, they have done a great job in promoting this latest 110 km track! I just purchased the set of 5 detailed track maps for $20 (Great price ) to help me with my planning. I just did the various walks and some Strzelecki Tracks around the Yarra Bulga Visitors Centre to have a feel for the area. I just love it! Thank you for the ever increasing of tracks to encourage those who want to get fit!
Written July 15, 2017
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Damon B
Melbourne, Australia45 contributions
Jul 2017 • Friends
The Grand Strzelecki Track is ideal for the novice hiker to the weekend warrior looking to test themselves with a variety of leisurely and intense hiking tracks located in the area.

The Tara Bulga Visitors centre loop track is roughly 6km in length and winds through the rainforest providing plenty of photo opportunities at stops like the suspension bridge.

If in the area I would also recommend heading further down the road and checking out the Tarthra Falls track a short 4km loop walk that takes you to the waterfall is well worth exploring if you make the trip to the area.
Written July 12, 2017
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EndlessTravels
Greater Melbourne, Australia35,101 contributions
Feb 2017 • Friends
enchanting bushwalk thru rainforest and tall eucalypts. you walk through a magical pocket of pristine protected flora and fauna. wandering amongst the giant ferns and crossing mountain streams was amazing. there are a few starting points for walk- morwell national park (junction rd car park), balook (tarra bulga visitirs centre car park), tarra valley picnic area car park or macks creek hall. tarra bulga in particular has a number of shorter walks. there is plenty of info available at various nearby info centres.
Written February 14, 2017
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JAC622
Drouin, Australia5 contributions
Apr 2016 • Friends
Tarra Valley and Bulga Park are superb places to visit. However, do not rely on buying lunch at the nearby Lyrebird Cafe. Rather than putting up with high prices and rude service bring your own lunch. There are picnic shelters and an excellent display at the visitors centre.
Written April 15, 2016
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Bendigo, Australia34,921 contributions
Mar 2015 • Couples
Bushwalking in Gippsland is such an interesting experience because often you will not see anyone else out there. It's a wonderful way to clear one's mind. The tracks are easy to walk , require some fitness level and are easy to locate. Stunning scenery, enchanting scents, a cacophony of birds ... it really does have it all.
Written March 27, 2015
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Richard H
Melbourne, Australia2 contributions
Jan 2015 • Family
The Grand Strzelecki track is a network of walking trails through the Strzelecki ranges around the Tarra Bulga National Park. The are four different set loops, but many combinations of walks.

The walks are long and can be challenging day walks, but pass through the beautiful rainforest of the Strzelecki Ranges and seem to be little known in the bushwalking community. Within a couple of hours drive of Melbourne, these walks seem remote and it is unusual to see others on the tracks.

The tracks are well signposted and very nice maps are available from the website, but the tracks seem not well used and some places can seem a bit overgrown. Some tracks are also quite steep as the walking is through the mountains. For my boys, these were a positive as it made for a little more adventure.

There are many small creeks with waterfalls, and we have seen lyrebirds, echidnas, wallabies, and wombats, but also snakes, and some tracks have leeches which can be a pain.

But walking these trails has been a fantastic family activity that I would thoroughly recommend.
Written January 29, 2015
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