Visitors to Wilsons Promontory National Park, usually try to cover other attractions in the Prom Country apart from the townships on the way. Visitors from Melbourne or interstate may not prefer to go on such long drives exclusively to visit these attractions as they have not much of a standalone tourist value. Here are a few attractions which can be included in the Wilsons Promontory visitor’s itinerary.
Tarra Bulga National Park
This 1522-hectare, National Park is situated south of Traralgon on the Traralgon – Balook Road. This is nearly 132km from Wilsons Promontory.
Being one of the four major areas of Temperate rainforests within Victoria, its mountain ash forests, over 41 species of ferns and the walking tracks make it a visitor attraction.
Bulga National Park was set aside in 1904 comprising 20 hectares. In 1909, Tarra Valley National Park of 303 hectares was set aside nearby. Over the years both parks were gradually enlarged and merged as Tarra Bulga National Park and proclaimed as a national park on 17th June 1986. The park is also home to native wildlife.
Picnic facilities are available at the park.
Friends of Tarra Bulga National Park Website : https://friendsoftarrabulga.org.au/park-information/walking-tracks/
Address: Traralgon-Balook Road, Balook, Victoria 3971
Mount Worth State Park
Situated in the western Strzelecki Ranges, 120km north of Wilsons Promontory, Mount Worth State Park offers rainforest walking trails and scenic views of Gippsland.
This park is home to a wide range of native fauna such as wombat, possum, platypus, crimson rosella and lyrebird. There are picnic facilities – Sheltered picnic tables, fireplaces and toilets provided at Moonlight Creek. There are 3 main walking tracks at the park.
Address: 301 Allambee Estate Rd, Allambee VIC 3823
Turtons Creek Reserve
Turtons Creek Reserve is located around 75km north of Wilsons Promontory between Foster and Mirboo North on the Turtons Creek Road. The reserve is home to a little but beautiful waterfall. There are facilities for fishing and camping at the reserve.
Address: Turtons Creek rd, Foster, Victoria, Australia
Info on Turtons Creek Reserve: http://south-gippsland.com/turtons-creek-reserve/
Situated between Toora and Welshpool, Agnes Falls is the highest single span waterfall in Victoria. The falls can be viewed from the viewing platform, but one disadvantage is, unlike McKenzie Falls, there are no steps to go down and view it from below. The water drops nearly 59metres into a deep fern gorge, best viewed after heavy rains. This is an all year-round waterfalls and the reserve has facilities for picnicking. The picnic area is set close to the carpark on the banks of the Agnes River. Agnes river forms part of the Toora Water catchment area, so swimming here is prohibited.
Address: 125 Agnes Falls Rd, Hazel Park VIC 3966
Coal Creek Community Park and Museum
Coal Creek represents a recreated coal mining town from 1870’s to 1920’s at Korumburra in Victoria. Following the discovery of Black coal in 1872, an area had been set aside in 1879 at Coal Creek as a coal reserve.
In 1888, the Coal Creek Mining Company was formed to mine at about one kilometre east of the present town centre of Korumburra. Coal Creek heritage village was established at the site in 1974. This Museum was born as a new home for the Old Korumburra Court was required in 1974. From a single building it has grown into a museum of 60 exhibits today.
Address: 12 Silkstone Rd, Korumburra VIC 3950