Skiing with kids in Gippsland

Skiing with kids in Gippsland

Family skiing holidays in the Victorian Snowfields are becoming more popular every year. Snow holidays Victoria can be taken at any of the 5 resorts in the state. Snow Resorts in Victoria number 5, Mount Bulla, Mout Baw Baw, Dinner Plain, Mount Hotham and Falls Creek.

The Victoria snow season starts at different times at all the resorts depending on how much snow has fallen. Opening day of the Victoria snow season is usually very close to the first day of Winter. Snow Holidays Victoria can usually be taken up to the end of September.

Snow day trip from Melbourne and any other region of the state are possible. All the Resorts are in the North East Of Victoria. Your cars will need to be fitted with snow chains to get there.

Before you head to the snow make sure you are well prepared. You will need to buy a snow jacket, gloves, waterproof pants, thermals and a beanie at the least. If you don’t have the right clothing you will have a cold and miserable day.

Let us take a look at some of the family-friendly programs for kids that run at the 3 downhill snow resorts in Victoria

Mount Hotham with kids

Mount Hotham in the east Victorian snowfields caters to families with its programs for all age groups. Mt Hotham kids ski and ride schools encourage a social environment and interaction with its participants.

Mount Hotham Australia
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Mount Hotham offers:

  • Might Mights 3-5-year-olds
  • Kids club for 6-14-year-olds for skiing
  • Kids club 7-14 for year olds snowboarding
  • Kids learn to ski and ride 6-14 years old with no experience
  • Burton Riglet for 3-6-year-olds snowboarding

The Burton Riglet program is impressive for families if you have young children. Getting kids on a snowboard early in age is great for their future progression in the snow.

For more information, you look at the Mount Hotham website here!

Where is Mount Hotham – Mount Hotham is between 375 and 456 kilometres from Melbourne depending on which way you go. You can take the Hume Highway and the Great Alpine Road or you can take the M1 Princes Highway and Great Alpine Road. One is North and one is east

Mount Baw Baw for kids

Mount Baw Baw has the lowest elevation of any of the downhill resorts in Victoria. What it lacks in height it makes up for in facilities. Baw like the other resorts caters well for a family skiing holiday in Victoria.

Mount Baw Bar skiing with kids in Gippsland
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Mt Baw Baw offers:

  • Rowdy Rippers aged 3-6
  • Gully’s Groms aged 3-6 snowboards
  • Frosty Kids aged 7-12
  • Teen Program aged 13 – 17

Mount Baw Baw kids ski programs offer small groups only. the size is limited daily so get in early and book your lessons. Small groups are great for getting a more personalized lesson and instructions for your kids in the Victorian snowfields.

For more information, you can access the Mout Baw Baw website here

Getting to Mount Baw Baw – Mt Baw Baw is a short 1-hour drive from the heart of Gippsland, 2 1/2 hours from Melbourne and 3 hours from the Mornington Peninsula. Plan ahead and drive safely.

Dinner Plain with kids

fin in the snow 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.

What does Dinner Plain offer:

  • Dinner Plain has combined Adult / Child beginners lessons.
  •  Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays commencing at 10.00am
  • 1-day Dinner Plain lift pass, 2-hour ski lesson
  • For kids-only lessons, check out the Mighty Mites and Kids Club programs at Big D at Hotham.

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. For more information check out the dinner plain website here

When at Dinner Plain we can highly recommend Ramada Resort. It is your all in accommodation destination for winter and summer. For more information click here

We hope this has inspired you to take a family holiday to the Victorian Snow Fields. The snow resorts in Victoria are easily accessible by car from Melbourne and other locations. Be prepared for the snow and enjoy your time.

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Mark has grown up and lived in the Gippsland area all his life. “I think i know a thing or 2 about Gippsland”. When i am not working i am out explorimg the best of Gippsland with my wife and kids

6 Amazing Gippsland National Parks to visit!

6 Amazing Gippsland National Parks to visit!

Gippsland National Parks are many and varied and they are some of the best Victorian National Parks. The Gippsland region of Victoria in Australia is our home. The Gippsland Coast stretches from just east of Melbourne to the New South Wales border.

Gippsland is broken up into four sections East, West, South and Central Gippsland. Gippsland’s natural features are diverse from rugged mountains to rolling plains, rainforests, deserted coastlines, alpine regions to thousand-year-old forests.

We have spent great times camping, bush walking, fishing and going to the Gippsland beaches with our kids and enjoying some of the best Victorian National Parks that are right on our doorstep!

It’s a great place to raise a family with so many outdoor activities available to participate in. Being such a big area National Parks are plenty. Gippsland is home to over 15 Victorian National Parks. Many of these National Parks are popular with locals, day-trippers and international tourists who hire campervans in Australia for their trips. Here we talk our 6 of the best Victorian National Parks in Gippsland.

Gippsland National Parks – Wilsons Promontory National Park

The Prom as it’s affectionately known to Victorians is one of the most popular National Parks in the state. The Prom encompasses the southernmost tip of Australia. The Prom is renowned for its spectacular scenery of native flora, rain forests, and huge granite peaks that rise from the landscape.

Bushwalking is popular with many day treks and overnight walks possible. The trek to The Wilson Promontory Lighthouse is the most popular. The lighthouse sits on a rocky peninsula that stretches out into the wild waters of Bass Straight.

The waters around the prom are alive with a huge variety of marine life with everything from whales to seals. Whales pass the Prom each year on their migration routes. Fishing and camping are popular options for many visitors to the Prom.

Wilsons Prom accommodation consists of many self-contained campsites such as Yanakee, Shallow Inlet, Sandy Point and Tidal River for you to stay at.

If you can’t get Wilsons prom accommodation some of these will be the best places to stay near Wilsons Prom. If you are looking at camping at Wilsons prom you are best to get in quick as places fill up fast. Most of these parks are within a stone’s throw from the water and have access to some of the best Gippsland beaches.

Gippsland National Parks – Buchan Caves National park

The Buchan Caves are located on the outskirts of the town they are named after, Buchan. The Buchan Caves reserve consists of a campground, camp kitchen, swimming pool, shop and a national park information centre. There are 2 caves available in the Buchan caves reserve for visitors to tour through.

The Royal Cave and the Fairy Cave are the caves located on the Buchan Caves reserve. The caves were formed over many millenniums by underground rivers cutting through the limestone. The formation of the stalactites which are the feature of the caves is created by water seeping through the ground into the caves over millions of years.

Wildlife is aplenty in the reserve. If you camp at the Buchan Caves reserve you are likely to encounter kangaroo’s hopping around, koala’s in the tree’s and possums trying to raid your food supply at night! The pool at Buchan Caves is the coldest pool I have ever been in.

The water comes straight out of an underground cave. The pool is famous, you can ask anyone about Buchan Caves and sooner or later the conversation will get around to how cold the pool is. Bushwalking tracks are popular for short hikes.

Gippsland National Parks – The Alpine National Park

The Alpine National Park is the largest of all the Victorian National Parks. This park joins up with national parks located in New South Wales and The Australian Capital Territory.

These joined parks across three states work to protect most of the Australian Alps. The Alpine National Park encompasses 10 of the 11 highest mountains in Victoria. The park is renowned for diverse mountain landscapes, wild rivers, untouched forests giant exposed escarpments on open plains.

Summit at Mount Hotham
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A popular way to experience the park is to drive the renowned Great Alpine Road which winds itself through the highest altitude roads in the state offering uncompromising panoramic views of the Victorian Alps. Winter Ski resorts such as Mt Hotham, Dinner Plain fall in the Gippsland region of the park.

These resort towns offer downhill, cross country skiing and snowboarding for all skill levels. In the summer months, these small towns become a mecca for bushwalking, mountain biking and fly fishing enthusiasts.

Gippsland National Parks – Cape Conron National Park

Cape Conron National Park is located in far East Gippsland near the township of Marlo. The Conron National Park is one of the most remote and wild sections of the Victorian coastline. Untouched and rugged are words that come to mind when describing this part of the coast. The park features the self-guide Cape Conron nature trail for the hikers.

Cape Conron on a cold day

Rock pooling swimming and fishing are popular activities for day trippers and campers in the park. Scuba diving and snorkelling are recommended at the west cape beach and salmon rocks. This area is inhabited by seals and a wide variety of sea life that thrive in the bull kelp forests that reside under the water. Camping and bbq-ing are available at Cape Conron.

Gippsland National Parks – Mitchel River National Park

The Mitchel River National Park has impressive wilderness and river sceneries. The Mitchell River cuts its way through deep and remote gorges in this park. The river meanders through some of the unique flora and fauna in the state some of which is indigenous to this area only.

The best way to see the Mitchel River National Park is via white water rafting where you can experience the tranquil water and demanding rapids that characterise the Mitchel River.

Mitchel River National Park

It’s recommended that only experienced rafters take the river on (tours are available for the novices). Numerous walking tracks are situated throughout the Mitchel River National Park that takes you through forests of wattle tree and moss-covered rain forests.

Fishing for trout in remote area’s of the river is popular. Hunters stalk deer during the season while campers enjoy the tranquillity of the area. The Den of Nargun can be visited which is associated with the home of a beast in Aboriginal culture.

Gippsland National Parks – Tarra Bulga National Park

Tarra Bulga is a jointly managed National Park in Gippsland. The land where the Tarra Bulga National Park is located was once the land of the native aboriginal Gunaikurnai people.

Parks Victoria and the Gunaikurnai people oversee the care and maintenance of the Tarra Bulga National Park which recognises that the Gunaikurnai are connected to the land and speak for the land. Many easy bush walks are available at the Tarra Bulga National Park to suit all fitness levels. We choose to walk to the magnificent Corrigan’s Bridge.

The walk to the bridge is slightly downhill through a canopy of mountain ash trees that are hundred’s of years old, with their huge trunks and ferns as high as double story houses.

Corrigan’s Bridge is an amazing sight as it comes into view seemingly floating in mid-air amongst the forest. The walk back out from Corrigan’s bridge takes you through Fern Gully where giant ferns surround you in all directions and small streams flow through valley floor seemingly emerging from nowhere.

Tarra Bulga has a visitors centre and a bbq and picnic ground for you to enjoy. You will come up close to the many birds that live in the Tarra Bulga National Park while having a picnic.

Gippsland National Parks are a plenty and out there waiting for you to explore. Visit Gippsland today.

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The Gippsland Armed Forces Museum

The Gippsland Armed Forces Museum

The Gippsland Armed Forces Museum is one of the top things to do in Sale Victoria. Gippsland Armed Forces Museum is not to be confused with RAAF East Sale base.

This is a small, stand-alone, volunteer-run museum in Gippsland is located at the T.A.F.E campus out at Fulham right next to the West Sale Airport and opposite the Fulham correctional centre (You will find signage was you drive along the Princess Highway Sale).

Gippsland Armed Forces Museum Nazi flag
A Nazi Flag a gippsland bought back from War

One of the best Gippsland Museums

The Gippsland Armed Forces Museum was established in around the year 2000 and was originally located right in the town of Sale Victoria. Due to the land being obtained by the government for a redevelopment the museum relocated out to the T.A.F.E campus.

Sale Victoria has had a long history with the RAAF with the West Sale Aerodrome being the original East Sale RAAF base during WWII before being relocated to the current East Sale base that is still operational today. It seems a fitting place for the museum to be in now.

model RRF plane and banner
Model plane from the RAAF

As we pulled up we were greeted by three different, restored aircraft. Seeing them sitting right next to the runway was a sight! We spent some time looking at them and taking photos before.

There is an original engine that had been rebuilt by a local company that sits out the front of this Gippsland Museum. This engine had been used in the Steven Spielberg TV Show ‘The Pacific‘ starring Tom Hanks. Not bad for a little Sale Victoria business!

We made our way inside and I must say I was absolutely stunned at the number of memorabilia that the Armed Forces Museum has. Gippsland Armed Forces Museum specifically focuses on service men and women from Gippsland alone, I think that is why I was stunned, it really hit home how many small communities contributed to all the different war efforts over time.

Gippsland Armed Forces Museum cannon
Cannon for war at Sale Museum

Three rooms are filled with items that have been donated, gifted or on loan. The care and love put into all the exhibits are absolutely evident as you go from piece to piece. So much pride and effort have been put into every piece that is displayed by a small number of committed volunteers. I was lucky enough to spend some time with one of those wonderful volunteers. As I walked around all the rooms he was with me telling me how they got some of the items that are on show.

Some are donated by family after their family member has passed, some are given to the museum by an ex-serviceman or woman so people can see them and some have been acquired by the museum themselves. Many of the people that the exhibits are about have been extensively researched by the museum or the have the families input to make sure the information is as accurate as possible.

This amazing gentleman volunteer had my undivided attention and I was so glad he spent nearly an hour with me telling me so many personal stories that weren’t on the information boards. It is volunteers like him that make places like this extra special.

Engine at Gippsland Armed Forces Museum
RAAF plane engine

The story I liked the most was the one about the American pilot flying from Laverton to Canberra that went missing. Now you may think that this is not a Gippsland story but it turns into one. Aberfeldy is out the back of Walhalla and is pretty rough terrain.

The pilot and aircraft were finally found in 1948 by a gentleman walking in the bush. At this point, the pilot’s remains were returned to Hawaii and classed as Missing in Action. Decades passed until a gentleman by the name of Rick, (who is also now a volunteer at Gippsland Armed Forces Museum) took it upon himself to get the pilot the military funeral he deserved. After a long process of DNA testing, the pilot was finally laid to rest again with full military honours at Arlington National Cemetery.

Gippsland Armed Forces Museum
One of the planes om display at this Gippsland Museum

It was this man’s dedication that got that pilot the honours he deserved. I am sure I could have spent hours there listening to every story that could be told and why it is one of the best things to do in Sale if you live here or you are visiting.

I thoroughly enjoyed our visit out to Gippsland Armed Forces Museum and I will be returning with the girls very soon as I do think they will really enjoy it as well. I am so glad we visited and I think it is one of the best things to do in Sale for anyone looking for something to do.

Gippsland Armed Forces Museum Opening Hours: 

Saturday to Monday:      10 am to 4 pm

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(Other times by appointment)

Admission Fees:

Adults $4

Families $10

Children $2

If a family member of yours served in any of the Armed Forces, Gippsland Armed Forces Museum would love to hear from you. Keeping the memories of our region’s military service alive is important for future generations.

We love our little museums here in Gippsland. They are great family outings or as we found out a great day trip without the kids. If you are looking for things to do in Gippsland these two posts might help you get out and about!

The Gippsland Armed Forces Museum can be accessed 9.7 kilometres west of Sale Victoria via the Princess Highway Sale. The Museum is located off the Princess Highway at the West Sale Aerodrome. You will find the museum signs posted on the highway. More information on the Gippsland Armed Forces Website is available here

Where to stay in Sale Victoria

Why not make a weekend of it in the Sale area. Visit the 90 Mile Beach, and some surrounding towns such as Maffra and Briagolong. Sale has range of hotels for your stay. Check the map below.

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About the Author

Mark has grown up and lived in the Gippsland area all his life. “I think i know a thing or 2 about Gippsland”. When i am not working i am out explorimg the best of Gippsland with my wife and kids