The Grand Strzelecki Track
Grand Strzelecki Track
The Grand Strzelecki Track is a wonderland for those of us who love nature. The track links the Morwell National Park with the Tarra Bulga National Park. With wide open vistas at every turn there is plenty of space to get away from the crowds and get back to nature.
Home to the tallest flowering hardwood trees on earth, the majestic Mountain Ash makes the Strzelecki Ranges of Gippsland like no other place. These massive trees and prolific jungle-like undergrowth that cloaked these ranges when white settlers first arrived became known as The Great Forest of South Gippsland, or simply The Great Forest. Much of The Great Forest was lost to sawmilling and settlement, but examples are alive and well in the eastern Strzelecki Ranges where they are now preserved in Morwell National Park, Tarra Bulga National Park, the Gunyah Rainforest Reserve, and 30,000 hectares of privately managed protected forests connecting and surrounding these core areas.
Until The Grand Strzelecki Track was built, most of these forests were inaccessible to the public except for short walks in the two national parks. Now bushwalkers can traverse from park to park and enjoy extended walks beyond park boundaries, discovering clear mountain streams, hidden natural treasures, waterfalls, sweeping views, rare and endangered ecosystems, and flora and fauna that most visitors to the region have never seen.
The track is easy to find with four entry points located 10 minutes to ½ hour from the Gippsland towns of Churchill, Traralgon and Yarram. There are walks for everyone, regardless of your level of experience or fitness, so come and breathe the fresh air and lose yourself – in this lost world which most trekkers still don’t know exist!
While parts of The Grand Strzelecki Track are graded easy to medium, other parts are challenging and require a high level of fitness and experience. Overall, the Track is Class 4 under the Australian Standard which means that some parts are narrow foot track with minimal infrastructure provided, requiring self-sufficiency, navigation skills (although it is generally well marked) and responsibility for your own safety.
The Latrobe Visitor Information Centre (41 Princes Street, Traralgon VIC 3844) also sells topographical hiking maps to help you plan your walk.