A family-friendly guide to Gippsland Destinations

A family-friendly guide to Gippsland Destinations

Gippsland is the largest region in the state of Victoria Australia and for some, it is the most unknown part of the state. The Gippsland region is also the least populated area of the state and is an amazing region for families to visit with outdoor activities the most popular.

 Gippsland has miles and miles of coastline and mountainous areas waiting to be explored and experienced. Perfect for family weekend getaways in Victoria. Small towns with friendly locals welcome you. From swimming in the ocean to skiing down mountains to exploring any of the 20+ Gippsland National Parks in the area there truly is something for all members of your family to enjoy.

Map of Gippsland Australia
Map of Gippsland.



Dinner Plain


Dinner Plain is located in the Alpine Region of Gippsland. Dinner Plain reminds me more of a European alpine village than a town in Australia. If you close your eyes you could imagine yourself in Austria or Switzerland. Multi-story chalets with steep roofs and sleek designs adorn the main street.  Dinner Plain is 3 hours and 30 minutes away from Melbourne.

chalets at Dinner Plain
The Alpine Chalets at Dinner Plain

Dinner Plains history stretches back well over a century to when the stagecoach that crossed the mountains would stop here for lunch, thus the name Dinner Plain. Today Dinner Plain is a popular 365 day a year destination with a wide range of activities. The town has over 200 chalets and lodges plus shops, pubs and restaurants. In the summer months, activities such as bushwalking, horse riding, mountain biking and tennis are popular with visitors.


Where Dinner Plain really comes into its own is in the winter months. Dinner Plain is popular with families looking for a skiing experience. The gentle slopes of the Plain are perfect for beginners learning to ski and snowboard. Some time spent at The Peashooter toboggan run and building snowmen are family favourites when on the mountain. Dinner plain has 1 ski tow

The all-year-round tubing park that is highly popular with kids and adults alike. For the more advanced you can take a trip 20 minutes up the road to Mt Hotham one of Australia’s premier ski destinations


If you are planning a trip to Dinner Plain the price of accommodation will vary hugely depending on the season you visit. The summer months will see you get some real bargains as the snow has dissapered and the allure of the mountain subsides.



Phillip Island


Phillip Island is one of Victoria’s if not Australia’s premier tourist attractions. Phillip Island is located only an hour from Melbourne making it highly accessible to international visitors. When people talk penguins in Australia, they talk Phillip Island. Nightly these miraculous little fairy penguins make their way from the cold waters of Bass Straight up onto the beach to their homes at the island and into there burrows.

They waddle and they shuffle in all their cuteness to the oh’s and ah’s of the kids and crowds. These little guys may be the main attraction of the island but there is plenty more to see at Phillip Island. The Koala Conservation Centre is a standout experience with a boardwalk through the trees bringing you up close and personal with Australia’s most iconic animal. In places, the Koalas are only a matter of meters away from you.

A baby fairy penguin at Phillip island

The Arctic Journey Centre at The Nobbies is both educational and entertaining with the multimedia presentations on a large scale captivating. You will learn about Australia’s history of exploring the Arctic and the animals that call the water of this baron and deescalate place home. Phillip Islands answer to a fun park is Amaze n things, home to magic, intrigue, action and excitement.

From a giant maze to halls of mirrors, mini golf and high ropes courses there is a little something for all ages. You can also experience a trip back in time with a visit to the Churchill Island Heritage Farm. Here you will get to see what life was like back in the 1800’s on the sprawling farm.

The Arctic Journey Centre


When staying on Phillip Island we recommend that you stay at Ramada Resort Phillips Island. Set on a bushland property with cabin style accommodation and all the facilities of a 5-star hotel. You can get 1,2 or 3 bedroom cabins with cooking and washing facilities. Lounge room with Tv, beck with outdoor setting to relax on free wifi. You will find Indoor and outdoor pools, games room, play equipment on-site restaurant and bike hire are available. This is one of the best family accommodations we have ever stayed at.



Lakes Entrance


Lakes Entrance is the capital of the Gippsland Lakes. The largest town on Australia’s largest inland lake system. Located 3 hours east of Melbourne on the Princes Highway.  Lakes Entrance is all about long days spent at the beach swimming and eating ice cream and playing mini golf. for families. What makes Lakes Entrance unique is its access to both the ocean and lakes.

The town is separated from the ocean by a long narrow stretch of water that requires you walk across a footbridge to access the 90-mile beach. If salt water is not your thing the Lakes Entrance aquatic centre will keep the sand and sun away from you. When not enjoying the waters some equally popular things to do in Lakes Entrance include bike riding, fishing and mini golf.

Lakes Entrance is home to 4 mini golf courses which is a fantastic game for the whole family. Fishing can be done either on the 90-mile beach or off the town jetties in the lakes system. It is quite a thrill for young kids to wind in a fish of their own. A shared bike path runs from one end of the town to the other along the water’s edge.

There is nothing better on a cool evening to go for a ride and watch the fishing boats come back into the docks. Over the January summer period, a carnival sets up in town on the foreshore with roller coasters, dodgem cars and sideshows.


When staying in Lakes Entrance we recommend that you stay at the Esplanade Spa and Resort. The Esplanade Spa and Resort is located on the Esplanade directly adjacent to the water and the beach. A community playground and bbq facilities are just behind the resort. Featuring a bar, restaurant, day spa and swimming pool this place hits the spot for families.

Wilson Promontory


Wilsons Promontory or simply know as the Prom to Gippslanders is the southernmost point of the Australian mainland. The drive into Wilson Promontory takes you through a visual journey of excitement. You will see a rugged landscape dominated by hills with rugged outcrops, lush vegetation bursting with wildflowers that gives way to long white sandy beaches.  Located just off the South Gippsland Highway 1 hour and 30 minutes away from Melbourne.

The Wilsons Promontory National Park was recently made a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, only 1 of 6 worldwide. The Prom is home to an abundant amount of wildlife. You will find seals and whales in the waters that surround it and kangaroos, wombats and possums on the land. Around 400,000 national and 15,000 foreign tourists visit Wilson’s Promontory every year. You can undertake a variety of activities in the park, including hiking, fishing, power boating, camping and swimming.


The calm waters and sandy beaches of Wilsons Promontory are a strong drawcard for families coming to the area for a holiday. Tidal River is the main settlement at Wilsons Promontory, home to a ranger’s station and information centre. The information centre will tell you about everything from the different walks around the park to where the surf lessons for the kid are run.  

Days at Wilsons Promontory for families can be filled with an early morning fish, followed by a bush walk and a cool down swim in the ocean or the river. The main beach area is family friendly with lifesavers patrolling during the summer months. The main areas of the Prom are packed in the summer months with accommodation at Foster and Fish Creek filling up fast.


We recommend Promontory View beach House for your stay at the Prom.
Set in Yanakie, this 4-bedroom holiday home features a deck with sea views. The unit is 2.5 mi from Wilsons Promontory National Park. Sit on the deck enjoy a bbq and drinks as you watch the sunset over this amazing part of Australia




Walhalla


Walhalla is located in the foothills of the Great Dividing Range in Gippsland. The road to Walhalla winds its way around the mountains through rainforests, and across rivers. Wallaha sits in a densely forested valley where the trees and bush lap at the back door of many properties. The land around Walhalla is so steep that even the cemetery is located on the slope of a hill. Walhalla was one of the most prosperous gold mining towns in the state over 100 years ago.

As the gold declined so did the population to the point where the town was nearly forgotten and reclaimed by the bush. Walhalla has now re-emerged as a colonial-era tourist town restored to its former glory. The main street is lined with shops bought back to their former glory and painted in heritage colours selling antiques, foods, ice creams and old-fashioned sweets. A BBQ by the river in the park is a relaxing way to spend a few hours. The kids can enjoy the playground with plenty of space to play.

The mine that was once so prosperous can now be toured daily as you are taken down into the depths of the mountain. The Gold Fields railway which starts a few kilometres outside of town is the star attraction. The reopened line ferries families and visitors in and out of Walhalla by a traditional steam train.

If you are brave enough and you are spending the night in Walhalla there is a ghost tour that takes around town at night. Camping is a great option for Walhalla with paid and free camping areas available.


We hope these amazing places have awakened you to a few of Gippsland’s best destinations for family day trips, weekends and holidays. Gippsland can easily be reached from Melbourne so when are you visiting?

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Bush swimming at Briagolong

Bush swimming at Briagolong

One of the great things about living in Gippsland is that you can go swimming anywhere from the mountains to the sea. Being such a big area as Gippsland is, most parts will have their own little swimming holes that are popular with locals and others who have discovered these gems. Today I am going to introduce you to two of my favourite freshwater swimming holes in Gippsland. Surprisingly enough they are both located in Briagolong just out of Maffra. Even more surprising is that they are located on the same creek just a few kilometers from each other.

Briagolong is located 20 kilometres from Maffra and 270 kilometres east of Melbourne. Briagolong is more of a village than a town. 1 pub, bakery, cafe, shop and an art gallery make up Briagolong. This small town has a rather eclectic feel about it. The community is based around the local pub.  The pub is popular with travellers heading into the high country especially towards Dargo. Expect to see cowboy hats, check shirts and RM Williams stickers adorning the utes parked outside.

These 2 great freshwater swimming spots in Braigolong are known as the Quarries Reserve and the Blue Pools Reserve. They are both located on the Freestone Creek in the foothills of the Great Dividing Range. The Freestone Creek runs off Lees Creek in the mountains and meets up with the Avon River near Stratford.

The Quarries Reserve Briagolong

The Freestone Creek Australia
One of the swimming area’s at the Quarries. Water levels were down the day i captured this image

The Quarries Reserve is located 2.6km from Briagolong on the Freestone Creek Road. You wind your way down into the Quarries on a sealed road with speed humps. What opens up before your eyes is a bush setting with giant gum trees rising up, birds chirping and the sounds of the creek running.  The Quarries reserve is wedged between the elevated road and the Freestone Creek. 

The Reserve is split into 2 sections. At one end is a shed with fireplaces and a playground for the kids. The shed has a picnic table inside for limited seating. At the other end of the reserve is the camping area. This area has a few firepits, picnic table and an exposed shelter to sit and eat under. There are toilets available on site with cold showers.

Access to the Freestone Creek is available all along the reserve. The main swimming area is located near the shed and the playground area. Here you will find a nice water hole with clear running water. Camping at the Quarries reserve is $10 a night payable at the local store in Briagolong. One thing you must remember is that the Reserve is a carry in, carry out park. what you take in you must take out with you. Talk about a budget family getaway for a few nights! 

The Blue Pools Briagolong

The Blue Pools Briagolong is also located on Free Stone Creek Road. It is a bit further along from the Quarries at around 8.5km from Briagolong.  The Blue Pools consists of two separate car parks, free camping area and the Blue Pools swimming hole. Get all your camping gear HERE

The Blue Pools is a popular free canoeing Gippsland site. You will find plenty of space, picnic tables, fire pits and 1 toilet. Yes, just 1 single cubicle for use. The campground is dirty and dusty just to be warned with very little grass and again it is a carry in, carry out site.

Walking path at the Blue Pools
The Path leading from the car park to the swimming area at the Blue Pools

The Briagolong Blue Pools swimming area is large much larger than the Quarries. As a kid, we used to enjoy jumping off the high rocks into the water at the gorge of the Blue Pools. It used to seem so high with the water so far away. In reality, the jump was about 3.5 meters. The kids of today have taken to using ropes to swing of the trees into the water. The Blue Pools is like a bay of sorts. There is a semi-circle of sand and rocks that ring the water with a tiny creek flowing to the side as the hills rise directly up  creating a gorge

The Blue Pools Briagolong Gippsland Australia
Swimming area of the of the Blue Pools

The water at Blue Pools gets deep very quick. So be a good swimmer or be prepared at the least. There are some amazing bush walks that start off from the car park. The Bluff walk is short but leads off on a steep rise to the top of the gorge. The Peregrine Lookout is a little more serious. The circuit from Blue Pool to the Peregrine lookout takes about an hour return. 
The lookout is aptly names after the Peregrine Falcon. The Falcon nests nearby from September to December each year 

Drone picture of the Blue Pools
The Blue Pools from way above

Insiders Tip: On the road between the Quarries and the Blue Pools is another swimming spot. It is virtually unknown to many. There is no facilities, there is no car park. Its called the Blue Mark. You may see a faint blue circle on a tree and dirt shoulder on the side of the road. There is a narrow bush track that winds its way down the hill to the Blue Mark. The Blue Mark is another quality swimming spot on the Freestone Creek

Looking for something to do this weekend? If the weather is hot get in the car and visit these two great Gippsland Freshwater swimming spots.

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