Gippsland is blessed with a diversity of landscape and environment and is home to rolling green hills and ocean waves. With its open spaces, spectacular scenery and friendly people, its also a playground…
A place where you can enjoy a great range of activities, from adventure, to relaxing and simply experiencing an escape from life’s noise and stress.
ALPINE NATIONAL PARK
More than 646,000 hectares of mountains, waterfalls, gorges, high plains and native plants and animals make up the Alpine National Park. Many scenic walks and drives allow you to take in the splendour of the park with its adventure activities, old gold mining sites. Location: 5km north east of Licola, or 15km north west of Dargo Phone: Parks Victoria 13 1963
Step back into a village of the 1840’s or 1850’s with its National Trust classified buildings and machinery of that era. The London built Iron House "Loren" and Angus McMillan’s red gum homestead relocated from BushyPark. A unique collection of memorabilia and horse drawn vehicles all make up the re-created village. Location: Princes Freeway, Moe – next to McDonalds Moe Phone: 5127 3082 Open: Daily
Diversity is yet another outstanding part of the Gippsland landscape. Visitor centres in Gippsland can provide a copy of the "ExperienceGippslandGardens" brochure highlighting over 20 beautiful civic and private gardens, a wide range of nurseries, florists & growers that can be visited during your stay in the region. Location: Brochure available from Gippsland Visitor Information Centres
GIPPSLAND GOURMET COUNTRY
Set amidst rolling green hills and lush valleys, this drive highlights the food and wine treasures of Gippsland. You can purchase the freshest variety of local produce, including cheeses, fruits, berries and local wine. The area is also known to many artisans, craft and unique businesses and towns such as Yarragon that will delight you with the talents of local craftspeople.
You can also check out the scenic drives section for more information. Location: Easy access via Drouin or Noojee Phone: 1800 621 409 for general information Website: www.gippslandgourmetcountry.com
GRAND RIDGE ROAD
Experience the magnificent StrzeleckiRanges. The Grand Ridge Road follows 134 km along the ridge of the StrzeleckiRanges which takes in scenery changes from rich farmland through to dense mountain forests and the beautiful TarraBulgaNational Park. Location: Access from Warragul or Korumburra in the west, Yarram and Traralgon via Carrajung in the east.
If you want to go boating, walking, sailing, fishing, swimming, bird-watching, yacht racing or just take in the quiet scenery, the GippslandLakes are not to be missed. Separated from Bass Strait by a long line of sand dunes known as NinetyMileBeach, The Gippsland Lakes are Australia’s most extensive inland waterway. The many islands in the lakes system are home to a large variety of birds particularly at the internationally listed Ramsar Gippsland Lakes Wetlands. Fishing is plentiful and boating enthusiasts are well catered for with many boat ramps and jetties. Location: Access from Loch Sport or Port of Sale by boat Phone: Parks Vic 13 1963
WALHALLA HISTORIC TOWNSHIP
Nestled in the beautiful hillside is a small valley that was once the bustling gold mining township of Walhalla. A host of unique experiences await today's visitor. Tours of the Long Tunnel Extended Mine provide an appreciation of the conditions under which the miners worked, and authentic buildings, artifacts and cemetery tell how they lived. The spectacular local scenery can be fully appreciated while riding the Goldfields Railway as it winds it way from Thomson Station. Visit the Museum, ride by horse and carriage, soak in the atmosphere. Location: 48 kms north of Moe and Traralgon Phone: 1800 621 409 Website: www.visitwalhalla.com
50,000 hectares of unspoiled national park boarded by some of Victoria’s most beautiful coastline, granite mountains, 20 short and long walking tracks, secluded beaches and coves, camping and great accommodation are among the endless reasons that visitors are attracted to and return again and again to "The Prom". Accommodation, camping and supplies are available from TidalRiver where most of the walking tracks start. Location: Access from South Gippsland Highway via Meeniyan or Foster Phone: 5680 9555 Open: Daily, entry fees apply
Affectionately known as the "browser's delight" it is a village full to bursting with the unique & the unusual, the delicious & the delightful. Simply the best arts, crafts, textiles, galleries, books, antiques, coffee and cakes you are likely to find. Taste the fresh produce local cheese and preserves, smell fresh bread and pastries baking, perhaps take home a bottle of boutique wine. You can shop in leisurely comfort, sample freshly brewed coffee, dine al fresco and watch the world go by or perhaps indoors by a cosy log fire. Quality is the point of difference in YarragonVillage, galleries offer diverse and ever changing displays and exhibitions, there are several antique and bric a brac stores where a wide range of furniture and collectibles can be found. Location: Princes Freeway, Yarragon Phone: 1300 133 309 Website: www.yarragonvillage.com
MT BAW BAW
Mt Baw Baw is spectacular all year round. Its magnificent high country scenery taking in the Thomson and AberfeldyRiverValleys with walking tracks and wildflowers attract visitors in the warmer months. During the snow season, accommodation lodges, ski and toboggan hire and ski schools turn the BawBawNational Park into an Alpine ski resort. Mt Baw Baw is the closest alpine ski resort to Melbourne. Nearby Mt Saint Gwinear also offers cross-country skiing and snow play during the snow season. Location: Access via Noojee Website: www.mountbawbaw.com.au or www.starhotel.com.au/snowreport Phone: 5165 1136 Open: daily
NINETY MILE BEACH
A strip of pristine white sand, the NinetyMileBeach separates Bass Strait and The Gippsland Lakes Systems. Patrolled beaches at LettsBeach (GoldenBeach), Seaspray and Woodside are perfect for all of the family to enjoy. Fishing, surfing, strolling along the beach or exploring the wreck of the "Trinculo" near Golden/Paradise Beach – the options are endless year round. The offshore oil platforms in Bass Strait can also be spotted from various locations along the beach. Location: Access from Sale or South Gippsland Highway via WoodsideBeach, Seaspray, Golden/Paradise Beach or Loch Sport with many spots in between
GIPPSLAND REGIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM
Port Albert’s 1860’s former Bank of Victoria building houses the GippslandRegionalMaritimeMuseum showcasing such treasures as artifacts from the wreck of the ‘Clonmel’, working models, navigational aids and charts. Archival material, a shell collection and the fishermen’s room together with displays showing Port Albert’s role in Gippsland Gold reminding visitors that Port Albert was the original gateway to Gippsland. ocation: Tarraville Road, Port Albert Phone: 5182 5264 or 5183 2205 Open: daily from September to May and weekends only from June to August
Scale models, maps and lookouts help visitors understand the enormous scale of the coal deposit in the LatrobeValley – one of the world’s largest. Hands on power generators and the huge earthmoving equipment on display at Powerworks fascinate visitors. Lookouts at Yallourn and Miners Rest allow viewing into the huge open-cut mines and power generating plants. Guided tours of the mines are Victoria’s best industrial tourism experience. Location: Off Commercial Road, East Morwell Phone: 5135 3415 Open: Daily tours at and , night tours also available
SALE COMMON WETLAND
Between the Latrobe and ThomsonRivers and Flooding Creek lies 308 hectares of internationally listed wetland. Stroll along the 450 meters of boardwalk and observe the hundreds of varieties of birds or get even closer from the two bird hides. There is a shorter boardwalk located between Lakes Guthridge and Guyall in Sale. Location: South Gippsland HighwaySale Open: all year Phone: Parks Victoria 13 1963
WALHALLA GOLDFIELDS RAILWAY
Visit the Historic Township of Walhalla once a bustling gold mining area. Enjoy one of Australia's most spectacular train rides through picturesque mountain scenery. www.visitwalhalla.com.au
The Tarra-Bulga National Park features Cyather Falls and a graceful suspension bridge over a fern filled gully. Walking along its quiet tracks, you may glimpse the shy lyrebird.
MORWELL CENTENARY ROSE GARDEN
This Rose Garden is an outstanding example of what a community can achieve with dedication and hard work. Garden paths lead through a picturesque arrangement of garden structures – enhanced with 3,000 rose bushes flourishing in four acres of parkland. There are over 250 varieties of roses planted in 100 beds displaying individual colours. The delicate aroma of these blooms further enhance the beauty of the garden. Location: Princes Drive, Morwell Phone: 1800 621 409 Website: www.lvonline.com.au/rosegarden.htm
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