Eat & Drink in Gippsland – Loch Brewery

Eat & Drink in Gippsland – Loch Brewery

Loch Village is located deep in the rolling hills of South Gippsland. The nearest major town to Loch is Korrumbarra home to Coal Creek Heritage Village. Loch Village is located off the South Gippsland Highway. Look for the sign telling you where to turn. There is not much to Loch, just a small main street displaying characteristics of a time gone by when small towns were prosperous and had a sense of community.

Loch Brewery Gippsland

Loch Village has re-established itself as somewhat a destination for food, wine and crafts. The sort of place that attracts city folk on day trips into the country. A drive through the windy hills, lunch and drinks in a small town a spot of shopping for crafts and antiques that sort of place. Where shops are painted in heritage colours with old signs and tables and chairs that adorn the footpath with people drinking lattes. Loch Brewery and Distillery today occupies what was once the town bank and butchers shop. What sets this place apart from the burgeoning microbrewery industry is that it also distils Whisky and Gin. The Loch Gin, Vodka and Whisky sit nicely alongside its range of beers that they produce.

Inside Loch Brewery
Beer paddle at Loch Brewery and Distillery

Loch Brewery

The Brewery opened its door in 2014 to the public after 2 years of retrofitting out the old bank and butchers. The interior reminds me of an old English bar with plenty of tables and brewery vats and equipment on display. A large shelf behind the bar displays the best of what the brewery has to offer while tasting notes on the bar, keep you informed of what you can expect to taste. There is ample seating inside or on a nice day there is a beer garden outside amongst the garden to enjoy the South Gippsland sunshine.

Craft Beer in Loch Gippsland

Their core range of beer consists of traditional English style real ales, Best Bitter, County Ale (an English amber ale) and Dark Ale. The Brewery also produces season beers that you may find on your visit. A Pale Ale was on the menu early in 2018. We had a sample paddle which consists of 4 beers in small glasses just to give you an overview of what the brewery offers.

How to get to Loch Brewery & Distillery

The Aussie distiller Loch Brewery is located 106 kilometres from Melbourne. It will take you 1 hour and 26 minutes. From Melbourne via the Monash Freeway to Pakenham/Koo Wee Rup Rd then onto the South Gippsland Highway.

From Gippsland / Latrobe Valley turn off at Morwell for Mirboo North – Leongatha – Korumburra – South Gippsland Highway and look for the sign to turn off for the Loch Whisky Distillery and brewery.


You can find out more on the Lock Brewery & Distillery Website HERE

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Lake GlenmaggieCowwarr Weir

Where to have a BBQ in Gippsland – Lake Glenmaggie

Where to have a BBQ in Gippsland – Lake Glenmaggie

Where: Lake Glenmaggie Weir Wall reserve

Whats there: At the Lake Glenmaggie weir wall reserve you will find 4 hotplates on 2 different BBQ’s. The BBQs at Lake Glenmaggie in Gippsland are electric and free to use. There is a shelter shed at the reserve with tables inside to escape any wind and weather on the day. You will also find picnic tables outside for use on a sunny day. The views of the Weir are amazing.

Lake Glenmaggie near Heyfield

Facilities: You will find a kids playground. There is some play equipment, swings and a slide to keep the young ones occupied. There is plenty of open space to kick a ball around or play some cricket. There are toilets close by with easy access. Inside the shelter shed, you will find an information section. This little room tells you about the history of Glenmaggie Weir from construction through to massive floods and high waters levels throughout its history

The bbq area at Lake Glenmaggie Gippsland
BBQ hot plate at Glnmaggie Weir wall reserve

Glenmaggie

Location Tip: Glenmaggie Weir Wall reserve is a carry in carrying out location. You won’t find any rubbish bins so bring some plastic bags to put your rubbish in.

How do I get here: 

Lake Glenmaggie Weir Wall reserve can be accessed via Tinamba on the Tinamba – Newry road then turning left onto the Tinamba – Glenmaggie maggie road till your reach Weir road. Follow Weir Road till you see the entry to the reserve. Likewise, from Heyfield follow the Heyfield – Glenmaggie road and turn onto Weir Road.

Accommodation: On the other side of the Lake Glenmaggie is the Glenmaggie Caravan Park. It has sites for caravans and tents. Lake Glenmaggie Caravan Park is popular in the summer months with families. Glenmaggie Weir is popular for water sports such as skiing and jet ski’s.




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camping ground at TimbarraMain street of Heyfield

Woodside Beach from above

Woodside Beach from above

Woodside Beach is located between Sale and Yarram just off the South Gippsland Highway in Gippsland. Woodside beaches lies close to the start of the 90 Mile beach which starts at Port Albert and extends to Lakes Entrance. Woodside Beach is 10 kilometres from the town of Woodside.

At Woodside Beach, you will find a caravan park, bbq area and  Woodside Beach Surf Life Saving Club, which was formed in 1968. The beach is patrolled by volunteers in the summer months. The BBQ area is nice with the beach only 30 or so meters away. There are 2 hot plates which are free and 6 picnic tables to use. A kids playground will keep the little one amused and public toilet facilities available.

Generally, you will find very few people on the beach. You can have this stretch of the 90 Mile Becah to yourself. This destination off the beaten path. Its one of Gippsland’s true unknown spots for most Most visitors to Woodside Beach Gippsland are people staying in the Caravan Park or international tourists who call in for a look in their camper vans.

woodside beach

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Fishing in Seaspray

Fishing in Seaspray

Location:

Merrimans Creek at Seaspray on the 90 Mile Beach.

Head to Sale in Gippsland. At the first roundabout coming from Melbourne direction (turn right) or second roundabout (go straight through) coming from Bairnsdale direction on the Princess Highway head onto the road for the South Gippsland Highway. Continue to Longford and follow the sign to Seaspray.

Facilities:

There is a fishing jetty. A picnic and bbq area is located adjacent to the wharf. You can also access the 90 Mile Beach which is 100 meters away. There is plenty of sandy shallow areas around the river for the kids to play while you fish.

Merrimans Creek

Type of Fish caught:

  • Australian Salmon
  • Black Bream
  • Flounder
  • Luderick
  • Yellow Eye Mullet

From time to time the creek will break through into the ocean. This happens a few times a year and is good for the health of the creek as the weed gets a chance to be washed out.

Protip for Merriman’s creek:  If the creek is not open to the ocean walk around the other side of the creek ( opposite to the wharf ). The water is deeper on that side and yields more fish.

Bait:

  • Sand Worm
  • Prawns
  • Puppies
  • Spider Crab
  • Soft Plastics

Places to Stay:

Booking.com has all your accommodation needs in Seaspray covered. Click here for places to stay in Seaspray

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Gippsland Towns – Heyfield

Gippsland Towns – Heyfield

Heyfield lies in Gippsland Australia. You will find in between Traralgon and Maffra off the Princes Highway. Heyfield is a popular stop for people heading to the high country and Avon wilderness areas. Heyfield may be the last chance to get some supplies before heading bush. Heyfield has a proud timber heritage and the local mill is the largest producer of hardwood timber in Victoria.

Let’s see what Heyfield Victoria has to offer

Founded:

Hayfield was first mentioned in1841 as a rich agricultural area. By 1870 a post office has been established in the town of Heyfield

Population: 1993

Tourist Information Centre:

1a Mcfarlane st Heyfield. The tourist information centre is located at the Heyfield wetlands. The wetlands are on the Maffra – Traralgon Maffra road just over the bridge as you enter Heyfield from Traralgon

Museums & Attractions:

  • Victorian Timber Workers Memorial
    • Heyfield & District Museum

Community Facilities:

Parks & BBQ areas:

  • Apex Park playground and BBQ area
    • BBQ at Heyfield wetlands

Food and Drink:

  • Takeaway food – Indian, Chinese, Fish n Chip shop, Bakery
    • Railway Hotel for counter meals
    • Foodworks supermarket for all other food needs

Annual Events:

  • Heyfield food and wine festival (October)
    • Vintage Car Rally ( weekend after Mothers day )
      • Heyfield Open Annual Golf Tournament ( April )

Heyfield

Medical Help:

  • Heyfield Medical Centre – Tyson Road Heyfield
    • Heyfield Family Dental Care – 48 Temple Street Heyfield

Sporting Clubs:

  • Heyfield Golf Club
    • Heyfield Bowls Club – George Street Heyfield
      • Heyfield Tennis Club – Gordon St Heyfield

Automatic Teller Machines:

Bendigo Bank

Public Toilets:

  • Apex Park
    • Tourist Information Centre

Famous People from Heyfield

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