Veer off road, park car, walk down steps, tilt head sideways, view falls - Tarra Falls is that easy. Approaching from Yarram, the falls are
located on a roadside turnout, about 1 km south of the Tarra Valley Picnic Area. There are no facilities at the falls and no walk required to reach the falls,
so for most people this will be a quick stop on the way to other parts of the Tarra-Bulga National Park.
Above: The view from beside Tarra Falls in spring
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The falls flow over a long, wide, partly vegetated rock slope, before falling away over a slightly steeper section below.
Unlike many other falls that can become drowned out after heavy rain, this is when Tarra Falls is at its best, because the falls become louder and the rushing
water spreads out right up to base of the viewing area. The falls can only be viewed from the side, so it is difficult to take in their full extent at other times.
Above: The steps down to the lower section of Tarra Falls
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Here is a video of the falls in spring, when the river was flowing well but not in flood.
Your Seasonal Guide:
|Most enjoyable to view when the Tarra River flow is belting after rain in winter and spring
||Visit early morning to mid afternoon. The falls may be in shade in the late afternoon.|
Other Information Before You Go:
Tarra Valley Road, Tarra Valley, in the Tarra-Bulga National Park, 200 km (approx. 2.5 hr drive) south-east of the Melbourne CBD,
or approximately 20 km north-east of Yarram.
From Melbourne, head east along the Monash/Princes Freeway (M1) to Traralgon. From Traralgon head south along the Hyland Hwy (C482) then near Loy Yang,
continue south along the Traralgon Creek Road (C483) and further south again on Grand Ridge Road (C484), approximately 1 km past the Tarra Valley Picnic Area. Parking for
the falls is on a gravel turnout beside the road.
Swimming available at the falls:
Shade available at the falls
None. You can hear the falls from the side of the road, but there are steps down to the viewing area.
Prohibitions including whether you can bring your dog:
No climbing over the fence, no dogs, no camping, no fires, no horses, no cats, no pets, no generators, no firearms, no fishing
There is no camping at Tarra Falls and no campgrounds in the Tarra-Bulga National Park. If you want to stay overnight in the area,
you can try the following options. All distances below are by road, not as the crow flies.
Nearby attractions: Cyathea Falls
, also in the Tarra Valley, 1 km to the north.
Before you head out, make sure you read the
waterfall safety information
and check with the managing authority for any current change of conditions. Specific to this site, the
managing authority advises that it is dangerous to climb the fence and walk out onto the falls.
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