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Tarra Falls, Tarra Valley VIC
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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. Tarra Falls in the Tarra Valley Above: The view from beside Tarra Falls in spring (Order this image)

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. The steps down to Tarra Falls Above: The steps down to the lower section of Tarra Falls (Order this image)

Here is a video of the falls in spring, when the river was flowing well but not in flood.

Your Seasonal Guide:
Best Time of Year to Visit:Best Time of Day to Visit:
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:
Location: 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.
Latitude:-38.454379 Longitude:146.541368
Getting there: 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.
Water source: Tarra River
Approx. height: 30 metres

Approx. width: 20 metres
Approx. length: 100 metres
Swimming available at the falls: No
Facilities: Car park
Entrance fee: None
Opening times: Always open
Sun shade: Shade available at the falls
Wheelchair access: 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
Accommodation Options: 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 accommodation option:Distance from falls:
Tarra Bulga Guesthouse 8 km
Yarram Cottage 23 km
Art Deco Cottage 23 km
Managing authority: Parks Victoria
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.
Locality Map:
The marker indicates the approximate location of the roadside parking at the falls. If the map is not zoomed in locally, as can occur with some browsers, simply refresh this web page.
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