Forest Fire Management Victoria have recently uncovered a hidden waterfall nestled in the heart of the Upper Murray has emerged from the ashes following the 2019/20 Black Summer Bushfires.
Thowgla Falls, which is located on Marginal Road in the Thowgla Valley, near Corryong, is now more accessible to visitors following the construction of a new walking trail and viewing platform.
The works, which were completed by Forest Fire Management Victoria (FFMVic) crews and local contractors, also includes a day visitor area and toilets.
“The bushfires had a significant impact on the community and the environment. Creating opportunities for visitors to come back to the Upper Murray is an important part of the community’s recovery,” FFMVic, Upper Murray District Manager, Dave Jenson said.
“Thowgla Falls is spectacular, and we're thrilled that we’re able to provide more opportunities for people to reconnect with nature, especially after the fires.”
“The fires helped expose this natural site which was previously inaccessible due to dense forest surrounding the waterfall.”
“The new walking track leads visitors through stunning native bushland to a viewing platform offering unparalleled views of the cascading waterfall.”
"Completion of the works coincide with the upcoming Man from Snowy River Bush Festival, which is expected to attract thousands of visitors to the Corryong area."
“In addition to Thowgla Falls, several other sites including Walkers Lookout, and historic huts such as Wheelers Creek Hut, Gibsons-Pinnibar Hut and Ski Hut have also been rebuilt following the fires.”
It’s hoped all the bushfire recovery projects will boost tourism and support the regional economy with visitors now able to experience the natural beauty of the area once again.”
The project was funded through the Victorian Government’s $110 million Bushfire Recovery Program to assist with building efforts and Victoria’s Great Outdoors, a $106.6 million investment in better walking trails, campgrounds, four-wheel drive tracks and visitor facilities.
A link to the video on the falls can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/DEECAHume/videos/1555630558262745