Boolarra Travel Guide

  • The vision splendid
    The vision splendid
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  • Evidence of cows
    Evidence of cows
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  • Varying uses
    Varying uses
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Boolarra Things to Do

  • Background

    A Little History... Although Polish explorer, Paul Edmund 'Count' Strzelecki endured a 22 day struggle through the dense mountain forest of South Gippsland in 1840, he still had time to note the beauty of the region. The pioneers who followed had to fell 90 metre trees and clear dense forest to eke a living from the slopes. Many became lost while...

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  • From Boolarra onwards

    We were actually staying at Boolarra, about 13kms away from Mirboo North, and near the middle of the road that winds along the Strzelecki Ranges, named after an amazing man of Polish descent of whom I'll explain more further down. It's significant that these big hills are not part of the Great Dividing Range that runs for thousands of kilometres...

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  • On the road

    There's a few things that you will remember from your trip along this wondrous spectacle - 1: How green the grass is; 2: How tall the trees are; 3: Cows are in every fourth paddock; 4: There's hardly any people (at least during the week when we were there) 5: Why aren't there more people here?The latter two revolve around the fact that in this...

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  • The new look

    Plantation timber is the main industry alongside dairy cattle along this route. You will also view the power stations at some stage but they are mainly in one small area.Signs of other uses can be seen at a couple of places and the vineyard shown here offers some diversity in an area that used to have little.

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  • Agnes Falls

    59 metres is all it takes to get you the highest falls in Victoria award and these are they. How they get 59 is a mystery as it is not a straight drop, the criteria usually used these days. Let that not detract from their beauty however.They're not all that far from the Tarra Bulga park but are totally different. For a start, they are worth going...

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  • Tarra Bulga National Park

    This is where the road gets windy and you lose the bitumen. It also becomes scenic in a very different way. Ferns dominate the lanscape although they're overshadowed by massive trees.Tarra-Bulga National Park is popular for picnics, walks, scenic drives and the study of nature. Roads throughout the area are narrow and winding but offer marvellous...

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  • Tarra Falls

    Tarra Falls are along the Tarra Valley Road, a kilometre south of the entrance to the picnic ground. It's virtually impossible to get to the base of them and they are more your cascade than direct waterfall but it's a nice interlude en route to the National Park.Personally I thought the drive there (opening pic) was much nicer and photogenic as you...

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  • Strzelecki part two

    He crossed the Latrobe River and breached the dense undergrowth of the forests that lay to the south and west. The pace was dreadfully slow, at times only 3 kilometres in a whole day, and hunger became a major problem.At times the men threw themselves at the scrub in an attempt to break through while above 80 metre tall trees towered over them....

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  • The Strzelecki story

    How one can hope to put this amazing man's story into a couple of VT pages beggars the imagination, but I'll do my best.The self titled "Count" came from Poland after he was 40, Paul Edmund de Strzelecki was his full name but he was not of aristocratic descent, his parents only having a small holding in his native country where he was born in...

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