See & Do, Natural Attractions
Grand Ridge Rd, Balook VIC 3971
Deep in the eastern heart of the Strzelecki Ranges, this cool, shaded Mount Tassie loop trail features Victorian temperate rainforest of giant Mountain Ash eucalypts and lush tree ferns. Discover remnant old growth and unusual Blackwood forests. See evidence of our early settlement logging history including gigantic springboard-slotted tree stumps.
Climb to Mount Tassie and you reach the highest peak of the Strzelecki Ranges at 720m above sea level. Here you'll be rewarded with breathtaking 360o views: north across the Latrobe Valley and Great Dividing Range beyond, east towards Longford and the Ninety Mile Beach, south to Wilson's Promontory and west across the scenic Traralgon Creek valley.
See the devastating impact of 2009's Black Saturday bushfires and how the forest is faring today. Pass through managed plantations and observe endangered damp forest containing ancient Mountain Grey Gum, Blue Gum and Messmate eucalypts that are now regenerating. Mountain Grey Gum and Blue Gum are the main food source of the unique Strzelecki Koala. This trail also passes the site of the historic Morningside Grange homestead marked by enormous Sitka Spruce trees.
Mount Tassie Loop is a 23.8km, Grade 3 hike located in Tarra Bulga National Park. The hike should take around 6 hrs to complete. For more detailed information on the walk, visit Mount Tassie Loop (18.8km), Tarra Bulga National Park, Victoria (trailhiking.com.au)