The stunning Gippsland Lakes are situated in East Gippsland and they can be reached by an easy drive from Melbourne. Since the lake system takes just over three hours to reach from Melbourne, it makes them perfect for a weekend visit. The main towns on the Gippsland Lakes that tourists are looking to stay in are Lakes Entrance, Metung, Paynesville, and Loch Sport.
Lakes Entrance is considered the capital of the Gippsland Lakes. The lakes are separated from the ocean by a long stretch of magnificent unbroken coastline called the Ninety Mile Beach.
The Gippsland Lakes is the largest inland waterway in Australia and is home to amazing marine life. The Gippsland Lakes are highly popular in the warmer months as tourist look to put there feet up to relax, sun themselves on the beach and drop a line for fishing.
As we said above Lakes Entrance is the largest of the Lakes towns and here you will find most of the essentials that you will need when visiting the Gippsland Lakes area. It is a beautiful sleepy, sea side town during the winter months but in the summer there is so much going on in the town.
Is Lakes Entrance a good choice for you?
If you plan on visiting Lakes Entrance, as with any place you need to know a few things before you take the leap and book it!
Pros of a stay in Lakes Entrance
Staying in Lakes Entrance offers you the biggest variety of shops and restaurants to eat at and browse. Facilities such as a golf club, bowling club and cinema are available for you.
Lakes Entrance provides you with easy access to both the 90 Mile Beach and the Gippsland Lakes. There is a wide variety of Lakes Entrance hotels for your Gippsland Lakes accommodation
Cons of a stay in lakes Entrance
If you are staying in the summer months prices will be high and the town will be crowded. Local eateries often increase there prices to make their money while they can. It is a very popular destination in Gippsland during summer especially over the Christmas/ New Year period.
Essential Services in Lakes Entrance
Being the largest of the Lakes towns you can find nearly all you could need in Lakes Entrance.
Fast food and local food shops
*For any medical emergencies you will need to go to Bairnsdale for treatment or call 000 for help.
Accommodation in Lakes Entrance
There are accommodation types for all budgets in Lakes Entrance. It doesn’t matter if you are a family, couples or a back packer there is something for everyone.
Accommodation forcouples in Lakes Entrance
Bellevue on the Lakes is located in the centre of town. The property features 2 pools, sauna, private jetty and a BBQ area where you can cook up your own feast.
There is an onsite bar for cocktails, beer or a nightcap. Get romantic and get a superior suite with a spa bath. The Bellevue is the top choice for Lakes Entrance accommodation.
Esplanade Resort and Spa is the logical choice for families staying in Lakes Entrance. You will find fully self-contained units for families. 1,2 and 3 bedroom units are available.
A large lagoon type pool and tennis courts. Located on the waterfront close to the North Arm area. You will find Aldi 100 meters away and a BBQ playground area nearby. This Gippsland Lakes accommodation is centrally located on the Esplanade in Lakes Entrance
Koonawarra Holiday Park has fully self-contained units. A 1 bedroom apartment with self-contained bathroom and cooking facilities is the budget choice ( 2 bedroom apartments are also available ). The park also contains a camp kitchen, seasonal swimming pool, kids playground and communal area.
Lakes Entrance lies at the eastern end of the Gippsland Lakes. Melbourne to Lakes Entrance is some 320 kilometres along the Princes Highway.
Additional Information about Lakes Entrance
Lakes Entrance has great fishing and boating options. There is a cinema, mini-golf, camel rides and surrounding National Parks to explore. Trips out of town to Lake Tyers, Buchan Caves and the Stony Creek trestle bridge
Top Tips for visiting Lakes Entrance
The main beach is patrolled during the summer months
Grab an ice-cream from the Riviera Ice-creamery on the esplanade, they are so good
There are free BBQ’s along the esplanade where you can have a bbq and soak up the sun
There are places you can buy fresh seafood from the trawlers if you like
Do the Entrance walk on a nice day and see if you can spot the sea lions on the rocks at the entrance
Go to Bullock Island and watch people crabbing
Check out the carnival or the Sunday market if you are there while there are on
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We hope you find these two Gippsland Lakes articles interesting
Metung is a small village around 20-30 minutes from lakes Entrance still on the Gippsland Lakes. As it is a smaller town it may not be as busy as Lakes Entrance in the summer months but it is a very popular with people making a day trip to Gippsland.
Is Metung a good choice for you?
Here are our thoughts on the pros and cons of a stay in Metung.
Prosof a stay in Metung
Metung is a small boutique village on the water edge. If you like quiet walks and fewer people, yachting and sipping lattes then Metung is a good choice for you. There is a local yacht club, bowling greens, plenty of fishing spots, a 9 hole golf course and small sandy beach for swimming.
Consof a stay in Metung
Higher prices for accommodation with many 4 and 5-star places listed. Small commercial area with only a handful of shops available for you.
Essential Services in Metung
Being a smaller town there may not be as many facilities as you would find in some of the bigger towns.
Local fast food and a pub
Accommodation in Metung
Being a smaller town there are limits to the kind of accommodation that are on offer but Metung has some brilliant options for everyone.
Accommodation for Couples in Metung
The Moorings at Metung have suites with a spa and views over the Gippsland Lakes. The property has indoor and outdoor pools, tennis court and private mariner take a romantic stroll along the Bancroft Bay boardwalk into the town centre. The Yacht Club and bowls club is a 10-minute walk while the local golf course is a 7-minute drive.
Metung Holiday Village offers a range of 2 bedroom family villas. Starting with a standard villa and increasing to you reach the deluxe villa. Each unit is fully self-contained with a kitchen, dining area, and bathroom. WiFi comes standard with your stay. There is a pool onsite for those warm summer stays.
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Where is Metung?
Metung is 314 kilometres (195 mi) east of the state capital Melbourne and between the larger towns of Bairnsdale and Lakes Entrance.
Additional information about Metung
Metung has a boardwalk along the water’s edge that is great for fishing and walking. The Metung Yacht club and Metung Bowls clubs are both welcomings of visitors. You will find long sandy areas of the beach with calm Gippsland lakes waters for swimming. The Metung Pub is the focal point of the town.
Top tips for visiting Metung
Have a cold drink or beer on the deck at the pub
Get some fresh fish and chips from one of the local shops and enjoy then beside the water
Enjoy looking in the little shops
Another beautiful coastal town that sits on the Lakes system. It is a perfect spot for a weekend away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Pros of a stay in Paynesville
Paynesville is centrally located for the best access to the Gippsland Lakes and to Bairnsdale the biggest town in the East Gippsland Region. Bairnsdale is only 15 minutes away while the 90-mile beach at Lakes Entrance is 30 minutes away. At Paynesville, you still plenty of access for swimming and boating, not to mention the Koalas on Raymond Island.
Cons of a stay in Paynesville
Paynesville can get very overcrowded in the summer months with holidaymakers and day-trippers. Paynesville is like 2 towns in one with the ferry to and from Raymond Island running daily.
Essential Services in Paynesville
Being another smaller town you may have to go outside of Paynesville to get some things if you can’t find them here.
Accommodation in Paynesville
You will find every type of accommodation in Paynesville for every taste. From boutique to budget there is something for everyone.
Accommodation for couples in Paynesville:
Captains Cove Waterfront Apartments in Paynesville feature a vast array of facilities available for their guests.
Each apartment features a balcony or patio, a dining area and a sitting area. In-room dining is easy with a kitchen that comes equipped with a fridge, a microwave, espresso maker and a hob.
Outdoor facilities include a tennis court and indoor swimming pool. The close access to the water allows for kayaking, fishing and boating.
Mariners Cove Motel and Apartments are right in the centre of Paynesville located within a 100-meter walk from the main shopping street and the ferry to Raymond Island.
Each room features a balcony or patio with some looking out over the waters towards Raymond Island. All rooms have TVs and coffee/tea makers, fridges, hairdryers and irons/ironing boards.
Free WiFi in public areas, barbecues and dry cleaning/laundry services. are available. Breakfast and free parking are available. Rooms can fit from 2 to 6 people which caters for all types of families.
Paynesville Holiday Park: The Holiday Park is only a short walk to the waterfront esplanade village, where you can find a selection of cafes, supermarket, restaurants and retail outlets.
The Holiday Caravan park in Paynesville accommodation options includes cabins, villas, caravan and camping sites.
If you have your own van there are ensuite sites available for you.
Park facilities include a large camp kitchen, outside BBQ rotunda and games room. If you are visiting in the warmer months you can access the solar-heated swimming pool, children’s splash pool, spa (Summer months only) and a playground with an inflatable jumping pillow.
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Where is Paynesville?
The town is located 293 kilometres (182 mi) east of Melbourne.
Additional Information about Paynesville
Paynesville is connected to Raymond Island by a free ferry. The Raymond Island Koala walk is a must. The 2 close towns of Eagle Point and Newlands Arms are worth a visit. There is plenty of BBQ areas and a cafe’s on the foreshore. The Bairnsdale Golf Course and Lawn Bowls Club are 5 minutes away.
Top tips for visiting Paynesville
Take the ferry over to Raymond Island to look for koalas
Get some fresh fish and chips and enjoy them on the dock
If you don’t want fish and chips have a bbq instead
We hope this article has inspired you to get away to the Gippsland Lakes. Whether it be a weekend or a week, when you visit Gippsland you will find plenty of things to do
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 Mark is not working he is out exploring the best of Gippsland with his wife and kids
Lake Wellington is the largest lake in the Gippsland Lakes system. With its shallow waters and sandy bottom it is not only a perfect spot for a swim on a hot day, it is a brilliant spot for fishing in Gippsland.
The shores and the larger area around Lake Wellington are underdeveloped, with little accommodation of any note available which makes it the perfect spot to pull up a camp chair, pick a nice, isolated spot and enjoy a day of fishing in Lake Wellington.
Lake Wellington is the largest of the three inland lakes that also include Lake King and Lake Victoria. Lake Wellington receives freshwater from the Latrobe, Thomson and Macalister rivers in the west and the Avon River in the north.
While freshwater is coming into the lake on a regular basis, Lake Wellington is only recommended for shallow bottomed vessels due to the shallow depth of water. If you are planning to boat or jet-ski on Lake Wellington your journey across the lake is well defined with markers as is the entrance to the Latrobe River and the Avon river
Boating at Lake Wellington
Lake Wellington is best accessed via Marley Point which lies 22km from Sale in Gippsland. At Marlay Point, you will find one of the many free camping in Gippsland sites, a sandy bank and a jetty to fish Lake Wellington. A boat ramp at Marley Point allows great access to the lake and the river that flows into it.
On the east side of Lake Wellington, you will Roseneath Caravan Park. The Caravan park is accessed by the Mclennan Straights Road from Clydebank. You can fish from the bank or launch your boat at Hollands Landing boat ramp and bring it around to be moored at Roseneath caravan park.
You find some rough and rugged roads that access the lake from different sides. Most of these tracks will require you to have 4wd.
For those with boats in Lake Wellington, it allows you to move into the McLennan straights or the Avon River for fishing. You find good catches of bream in both areas.
Fishing in Lake Wellington
Fishing in Lake Wellington itself will most likely land you Carp or Bream. I have seen Carp above 50 cm caught in Lake Wellington. You are very unlikely to catch Bream from the banks of Lake Wellington. I witnessed an old Italian gentlemen fishing this way and he had over 15, 50 cm plus Carp in the crill net.
Your best bet if fishing from the banks is to use a surf rod kit and walk around 100 meters out into the lake (water should only be around 1 metre deep) and cast out as far as possible. This will maximise your chance for catching the big fish in Lake Wellington.
What bait should I use to fish in Lake Wellington?
The best bait for Lake Wellington fishing is worms for bream and carp or bread and corn for Carp. I suggest if you just want to catch a fish while enjoying the area go after the Carp.
They put up a good fight and everyone caught and killed is one less in the Gippsland Lakes System
What if I catch a Carp in lake Wellington?
Carp are an introduced, noxious species that have taken over our waterways. If you catch a carp in Lake Wellington and even if you catch one anywhere else it is advised that you do not release it back into the water if you do not plan on eating it.
It is actually against the Biosecurity Act of 2014 to release them back into the waterway. You are instructed to humanely kill the fish and dispose of it well away from the water.
Do I need a fishing license to fish in Lake Wellington
Everyone who goes fishing in Victoria needs a fishing licence. Fisheries officers regularly patrol the Gippsland Lakes checking if anglers have a licence. Victorian recreational fishing licences cost:
You can purchase an RFL for the following periods;
3-day licence for $10;
28-day licence for $21.20;
1-year licence for $37.20 ($34.95 if purchased online);
3-year licence for $100.70 ($95.40 if purchased online).
What is the nearest town for essentials to Lake Wellington
There are two main towns that are close to Lake Wellington and it will depend on where you are coming from as to which town you will go through or be close to.
Sale Victoria Australia is approximately 217km from Melbourne via the M1 and is one of the larger town in the East Gippsland area. Lake Wellington is roughly 22km from the Sale town center.
Essential services in Sale Victoria
Hospital with emergency department (Australian emergency number is 000)
Supermarkets (Woolworths, Aldi, Coles, IGA)
Numerous petrol stations
Fast food outlets and local pubs
You stop in Sale for an thing you may need on your way through,
Stratford Victoria is a small country town about 230 km from Melbourne via the M1 and approximately 52km from Bairnsdale also on the M1. Stratford is around 25kn from Lake Wellington.
Essential services in Stratford Victoria
1 petrol station
Local fast food and a pub
Free Camping at Marley Point on Lake Wellington is available and paid camping at Roseneath Caravan Park on the east bank.
Don’t forget you need a fishing licence to fish in Lake Wellington. You can pick these up from most fishing and bait shops in the Gippsland region. BCF has a wide range of fishing gear that can be bought online prior to your fishing adventure. BCF has Gippsland stores in Bairnsdale and Traralgon. Locally you can call into Tackle World in Sale.
Of all the destinations one can visit in this big land of ours my kids would readily say ‘Let’s go to Phillip Island’. It is world-renowned for its natural beauty, rugged coastlines and native animals.
People flock to Phillip Island Australia, it is one of the most popular weekend getaway destinations in Victoria. So, what to do on Phillip Island you may ask? Phillip Island Nature Parks 4 park pass will provide you with all the sights you need to see on your trip to the Island.
The 4 park pass gets you into the big 4 attractions including:
The Penguin Parade
The Koala Conservation Reserve
The Arctic Centre
Churchill Island Heritage Farm
Not only do you get to see the sights but buying a pass also means you are helping to preserve this special place because Phillip Island Nature Parks is, in fact, a Conservation Organisation, that just happens to find it’s environmental, educational and research activities by operating these eco-tourism attractions.
In addition to operating these attractions, Phillip Island Nature Parks manages over 1,800 hectares of Crown Land which includes coastal reserves, woodlands and internationally recognised wetlands and perform habitat protection, restoration and revegetation.
Phillip Island Nature Parks has also been responsible for the longest ongoing seabird study in the world. The revenue generated by the amazing ecotourism activities is invested in vital conservation, research and education programs. This will mean future generations will get to experience the magic that is Phillip Island.
The island is connected to the mainland by a 640-metre long bridge
Phillip Island currently attracts some 3.5 million visitors each year
The permanent population is a little over 7,000 people
Phillip Island is home to a round of the Moto GP world championships
The main township is Cowes
The Penguin Parade – Phillip Island 4 Park Pass
The one thing Phillip Island is most famous for is its Penguins. This attraction alone draws hundreds of thousands of international and local tourists every year.
The Phillip Island penguins parade happens every evening around dusk when these amazing little creatures make their journey from the water of the Southern Ocean to their nests on the grounds around the shoreline of the island. We had an amazing experience watching the penguins come in.
Your first sighting of these cute little animals will be of them coming through the waves. They then disappear into the sand and you become much like a little kid on Christmas Day waiting for Santa.
The anticipation builds as you see the first few little penguins waddle over the top of the dunes. A trickle becomes a flood as Fairy Penguins keep coming in waves.
We were in the Penguins Plus section. The Penguins Plus section allows you to be even closer to the beach to watch these amazing little creatures on their return home.
The penguins actually walk straight towards the platform you sit on, they walk underneath and around you. The night we were on the fairy penguins Phillip Island over 600 penguins came in and all four of us were completely mesmerised by these amazing little creatures.
Essential information for the Fairy Penguins Phillip Island parade:
Phillip Island penguins time is at dusk
Arrive at least an hour before the sun goes down
If coming in the cooler months bring warm clothes and blankets
No photos are allowed
Download the penguin’s app
The Arctic Journey – Phillip Island 4 Park Pass
The Arctic Journey Phillip Island is about, dare I say…all things arctic! Australia has a long history of arctic exploration. You head into the Lab where there is a ton of learning opportunities through sight and sound activities. The Lab will give you a chance to feel how cold the artic is in the freezing room and this section was very popular with the kids.
They can get to see the massive size of the Great Southern Whales and be amazed at what they are able to do. The kids will be a given an activity booklet that they will need to fill in by finding the answers in the Lab. You will see the primitive exploration gear that the pioneering explorers had to take to the artic in years gone by.
The sounds of this artic animals will fill your ears, the unusual but beautiful sounds the whales make is mesmerizing. You will get to see how hot your body is compared to the Emperor Penguin through thermal imaging.
The sight and sounds auditorium where amazing huge screens displaying video images of the wildlife and rugged landscape of the artic.
This immersion experience was mind-blowing. Imagine an auditorium full of changing images catching your eye in every direction while the soundtrack of the arctic dances in your ears.
We were able to sit and just take it all in. For the kids, there was a virtual reality technology that allows them to be seen on a floating piece of ice with whales and penguins swimming around them.
The Arctic Journey is located at the Nobbies beach on Phillip Island. There is a cafe with an amazing view out over the coastline. There is walking platforms and boardwalks outside for you to experience the natural beauty and rugged coastline of this area as well.
The Arctic Journey at the Nobbies closes approximately 2 hours before sunset each day, and the Nobbies Centre itself closes approximately 1 hour before sunset each day to protect the native wildlife.
Summer: 10 am – approx. 7 pm (Opening at 2 pm on Christmas Day)
Autumn: 10 am – approx. 4pm
Winter: 10 am – approx. 3pm
Spring: 10 am – approx. 5pm
Where to stay at Phillip Island
Ramada Resort Phillip Island should be your first choice on Phillip Island. The Ramada Resort features Eco units for singles, couples and families. The resort facilities include restaurants, pools, gym, games rooms, bar, playgrounds and BBQs. Ramada is an all in one experience. The Ramada is centrally located to all Phillip Island attractions.
Phillip Island has accommodation types for all people. You can find hotels, caravans, hostels and resorts. The interactive map below can help you pick your Phillip Island accommodation
Koala Conservation Centre – Phillip Island 4 Park Pass
The Koala Conservation Centre is located on 6 acres of bushland in the middle of Phillip Island. You enter this venue through the gift shop, cafe information centre. You should spend the first 10-20 minutes reading and learning about the kolas before heading outside.
Outside you will find 2 treetop boardwalks. The Tree Top Koala Boardwalk is an 800-meter loop and the Tree Top Woodland boardwalk is 600 meters long. We were amazed that you could see the Koalas so up close and personal. Koalas sleep for up to 20 hours a day. We spotted about 6 at close range some even only a few feet away from us.
Look out for wallabies, echidnas and colourful native birds that also live on the reserve. For those of you that don’t know a wallaby is a smaller version of a Kangaroo. Wallabies are everywhere at the Koala Park Phillip Island. This is a must-see for anyone wanting to see the native Australian animals.
– 10 am to 5 pm daily (First Sunday in April to first Saturday in October)
– 10 am to 5:30 pm daily (February 1 to first Saturday in April and first Sunday in October to Christmas Day)
– 10 am to 6 pm (Boxing Day to end of January)
– 2 pm to 5:30 pm (Christmas Day) * Please note: last access to Koala viewing boardwalks is 15 minutes before closing time
Phillip Island: 4 Parks Pass and Ultimate Penguin Tour
Experience the top 4 attractions of Phillip Island with one flexible pass Join a ranger on a small group eco tour at sunset Visit a secluded beach away from the main parade grounds and see the birds in their natural habitat Watch sheep shearing and other farming activities at Churchill Island Heritage Farm Marvel at Antarctic wildlife in the multimedia displays at the Nobbies Centre
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Churchill Island Heritage Farm – Phillip Island 4 Park Pass
Churchill Island Heritage Farm is as it says is a little island just off Phillip Island. Churchill Island is accessible by a little bridge across the small waterway.
Churchill Island is the site of the first European agricultural pursuits in Victoria and since the 1850s this 57-hectare island has been continuously farmed. In 1872, Samuel Amess, former Mayor of Melbourne, purchased the island for both holiday and farming use.
He transformed the island by building a homestead and outbuildings. Today Churchill Island Heritage Farm has been kept in its original state for visitors to see how life was in 1800’s. Today you can go through the homestead and see the furniture and decorations from the 1850’s.
Daily farming activities:
1.00-1.45pm wagon rides (weekends, school and public holidays only – weather permitting)
2.10pm cow milking
2.30pm sheep shearing
2.45pm whip cracking
3.05pm working dogs
3.20pm sheep shearing
The baby animal farm was popular with the kids. They were able to pat the goats and sheep. You even had a chance to line up and milk a cow the old-fashioned way.
For most kids, I am sure they think milk just comes out of a bottle. The looks of sheer horror and curiosity as they are told to pull the cow’s teet is something to behold.
Smiles frowns and bemusement all around. Churchill Island Heritage Farm is a chance to step back in time and see how life was in the early years of Australia.
I think for kids of today’s technological society having to milk cows and farm is something totally foreign to them. Churchill Island Heritage Farm also holds a famous farmers market once a month.
How much is a Phillip Island 4 park pass?
These prices are from Get you guide and you can book them here now!
*They are correct as of March 2019.
What does the pass get me?
Entry to all the above Phillip Island attractions we have reviewed.
A seat in the premium penguins plus viewing area for a closer look at them.
An easy way to see all of the best attractions in Phillip Island
*You must book your Penguin Parade viewing date but you are able to use your entry tickets to visit the Koala Conservation Centre, Churchill Island Heritage Farm and the Antarctic Journey at the Nobbies Centre once within 6 months of your Penguin Parade visit.
Where is Phillip Island?
Phillip Island is located 90 minutes drive from Melbourne. Book your rental car today
The nearest international airport is Tullamarine Melbourne International Airport.
There are few different options on getting from Melbourne to Phillip Island.
V-line operates a bus to Phillip Island’s main town, Cowes, from Southern Cross Station in Melbourne city. The trip will take you around 3 hours.
*You will need to make your way to Phillip Island and around the Island yourself. The Melbourne to Phillip Island bus does not drop off at the Penguins and the bus does not return after the Penguin Parade is finished.
Take the Monash Freeway (M1) to the Cranbourne exit, where you will turn into the South Gippsland Highway (M420). Follow this route to the Bass Highway (A420), through Grantville and Bass, then onto the Phillip Island Road (B420) to San Remo, over the bridge onto Phillip Island.
There are a few tour operators that will take you to Phillip Island from Melbourne. Here are a few:
The natural beauty and Australian wildlife experience you will find on Phillip Island is second to none. What to do in Phillip Island look no further than the 4 Park Pass.
The 4 Park Pass will entertain and inform you. Let’s be honest Fairy Penguins are Koalas are awesome. Do yourself a favour get to Phillip Island for a day, weekend or a week and you won’t be disappointed. Another great Gippsland attraction waiting for you to visit.
On any visit to Gippsland, you will find so many things to do and amazing free things to do in Gippsland are located all over the region. Gippsland free things are found in forests, art galleries, national parks and so much more.
We have put together a list of some of the great free things to do in Gippsland for you to do when you visit Gippsland. Activities that are located in East Gippsland, South Gippsland, Central Gippsland and West Gippsland. Gippsland tourism attractions are just waiting for you.
Tarra Bulga National Park
Located in the Tarra Vally south-east of Traralgon and close to Yarram is the Tarra Bulga National Park. The highlight of the park for us is an easy walk to Corrigan’s bridge. The bridge seems to float over the canopy of stunning, green, lush rain forest below. Bring some snags for a BBQ in the car park where hotplates and picnic tables are available.
*Watch out for the very friendly rosellas and magpies that will come in for your leftovers!There is also a little museum on-site to have a look in if you have time
How to getto Tarra Bulga in Gippsland
Make your way to the park from the Princes Highway at Traralgon by following the Traralgon Creek Road to Balook. Alternatively, follow the Tarra Valley Road from Yarram.
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Gippsland is home to some world-class mountain bike tracks. The terrain and wide-open spaces of Gippsland lend itself to some of the best mountain biking in the country. Mountain biking in Gippsland can be an amazing day at many different locations. You can find Gippsland Mountain bike tracks at
Blores Hill Mountain Bike Park
Mount Hotham to Dinner Plain Mountain Bike trail
Tyres Junction Railtrail
Nowa Nowa Mountain Bike Park
Mount Baw Baw Mountain bike trails
Walhalla Gold Fields Mountain bike trail
Gippsland Lakes Discovery Cycling Trail
Erica Mountain Bike Path
Raymond Island on the Gippsland Lakes is home to a large native koala population. The Raymond Island Koala trail gives you a chance to see the iconic Koala in the wild. The trail takes you through the bush and town streets where you will find koala’s eating eucalyptus leaves and sleeping. The trail has signposts directing you where to go.
How to get to Raymond Island
Catch the Raymond Island ferry. This makes Raymond Island accessible by foot or bicycle (for free) or by car (for a small fee) The Raymond Island ferry operates on a regular basis from Paynesville. The ferry takes under 5 minutes from Paynesville to reach Raymond Island. To get to Paynesville turn off the Princes Highway at Bairnsdale
Located in the Colquhoun State Forest between Lakes Entrance and Nowa Nowa is a relic from the past. The huge trestle bridge that the now long-defunct train from Bairnsdale to Orbost used to pass over still stands mighty in the bush that surrounds it. At 247m long and 20m high, it is the largest standing bridge of its kind in the State of Victoria and is listed on the Register of Historic Sites. Today the East Gippsland rail trail between Bruthern and Nowa Nowa passes by the bridge.
*Take your time there and have a bbq. While you are unable to gain access to the brigade you are able to get close enough to get pictures and see the bush around it.
How to get to Stony Creek Trestle Bridge
Turn at the signpost is on the Princes Highway between Lakes Entrance and Nowa Nowa (about 5km from Nowa Nowa). After you turn off from the Princes Highway there is about a 3km drive into the bush to the bridge.
Lakes Entrance is where the sea meets the Lakes. In order to walk to the entrance, you must first cross the footbridge to the 90-mile beach which is located on the main street of Lakes Entrance. The entrance is located 2.3 km from the footbridge once you cross it. You can choose to walk along the 90-mile beach, the lakes or through the designated trails. Expect to take 3 hours return for this journey.
*If you are lucky you might just see some dolphins at the entrance or some seals sunning on the rocks. Please also take water and anything else you will need as there are no shops along the way.
How to get to lakes Entrance
Lakes Entrance lies 330 kilometres east of Melbourne on the Princes Highway
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Kernott Lake Morwell
Kernot Lake is located in the middle of Morwell. You will have to turn off the Princess Highway to find it. Kernot Lake is regularly stocked with fish and has free BBQs and picnic seats surrounding the lake for you to use. The lake also has an open-air museum, The Gippsland Heritage Walk. The Gippsland Heritage Walk takes you around the lake and explains the history of Gippsland for you. The Gippsland Heritage Walk is not to be missed as far as combining a little learning with fun things to do in your Latrobe Valley holidays such as fishing.
How to get to Kernot Lake
Turn left off the Princes Highway to Monash Way, just after the train overpass turns right and you will be in the Kernot Hall car park.
Coal Creek in Korumburra is a great day out for the whole family. I can’t believe a place like this has free entry and it is so family-friendly too. Coal Creek Community Park and Museum is home to around 30,000 objects ranging from trains to thimbles.
Each piece is important as it helps to tell us the story of life in South Gippsland during the pioneer times. You can take a picnic and enjoy it in the pioneer setting of Coal Creek. You can catch a small train ride and look in the shops, you can grab a coffee or just stroll around the heritage park. Coal Creek is an amazing day out in Gippsland and is a must-see when visiting Gippsland.
How to get to Coal Creek
Coal Creek is located on the South Gippsland Highway in Korumburra
Located in a tall native forest is the amazing Noojee Trestle Bridge. It is the tallest surviving wooden trestle bridge in Victoria (beating Stony Creek Trestle Bridge by 1 meter in height) The Noojee Trestle Bridge also marks the starting point for walks and cycling along the Gippsland Rain Trail.
This makes the Noojee Trestle Bridge a very popular spot for day-trippers to the Gippsland region. The Noojee Trestle Bridge Rail Trail is a short bike trail that meanders through the forest for three kilometres along a smooth dirt and gravel track. The Noojee Trestle Bridge Walk is six kilometres return, taking around two hours to complete. The Noojee Trestle bridge is one of the best Gippsland tourist attractions.
How to get to Noojee Trestle Bridge
Coming from Melbourne, head east on the Princes Freeway (M1), coming from Sale head west. Take a left at the Drouin exit and follow the signs towards Noojee. The road will eventually lead to a right turn onto Mount Baw Baw Tourist Rd and once you pass the Alpine Trout Farm, keep a lookout for the Trestle Bridge on your right 1km or so up the road.
Mirboo North is one of those charming little Gippsland towns and it is home to the starting point of the Grand Ridge Rail Trail. Starting in Mirboo North right behind the Grand Ridge Brewery the rail trail runs to Boolara. The great thing about this section of the Gippsland Rail Trail is that 95% of the trail is downhill which is great for kids experiencing the rail trail. The trail stretches for 13 kilometres through the Strzelecki Ranges following the old Mirboo North – Morwell Rail line. This is a great ride for families and it snakes its way through the forest. There are rest areas and information signs talking about the history of the area along the rail trail.
*At the end of that section in Boolara is a little park with toilets and a couple of cafe’s to get a drink or something to eat.
How to get to Mirboo North
Mirboo North is located 156 kilometres south-east of Melbourne. It is accessible by road from either the South Gippsland Highway via Leongatha and onto the Strzelecki Highway, or the Princes Highway with access from Trafalgar or Morwell.
The long Jetty has recently had a multi-million dollar makeover to make it functional again. Stretching an amazing 850 meters into the water towards Snake Island it makes for a unique walk for the family. The long Jetty was once used for cargo and servicing the offshore oils rigs before a fire damaged it.
With its overhaul, it can be used again by recreational fishermen. The finished jetty has been built to the requirements for safety with a handrail on the sides, public lighting, water supply and a fire service. The jetty also features fishing stations, artefacts and interpretive signage which makes it a great day trip destination in Gippsland.
Where is Port Welshpool?
Port Welshpool can be accessed off the South Gippsland Highway at Toora. Coming from Melbourne take the South Gippsland highway out of Cranbourne or coming from the east turn off at Sale and take the South Gippsland Highway
The Agnes Falls are located down South Gippsland way just outside of Toora. Agnes Falls is a classic waterfall that cascades over a series of rocks culminating in a 59-metre drop. It is best viewed after periods of heavy rain when the falls and surrounding rock pools are at their best. Agness Falls is the highest single span waterfall in Victoria. You will find picnic tables and toilet facilities near the car park
Where is Agnes Falls?
Agnes Falls Scenic Reserve is situated 196km southeast of Melbourne or 110 Kilometers south of Sale. Agnes Falls is easily reached from the South Gippsland Highway at Toora by following Silcocks Hill Road.
These days there is not much left of the Trinculo that run ashore on the 90 Mile Beach between Seaspray and Golden Beach on the 6th of September 1879. The Trinculo was built in 1758 in Bristol, England. It was on a journey from Albany, Western Australia to Newcastle, New South Wales.
Where is the Trinculo Wreck?
The Trinculo shipwreck is on Shoreline Drive around 6 km from Golden Beach or 20 km from Seaspray. Golden Beach can be reached from the South Gippsland Highway just out of Sale
At the Buchan Caves Reserve in East Gippsland, you will find an amazing freshwater pool. What makes this pool so special is that the water that fills the pool runs straight out of a cave that is no more than a few meters away. The water is always crystal clear and cold.
When I say cold I mean very cold, some of the iciest water I have ever come across. It is a great place for a bbq or picnic on a hot summers day, then cool off in the pool for the afternoon.
Where is Buchan Caves?
Buchan Caves is 4.5 hours east of Melbourne, 55 Minutes from Bairnsdale and 45 minutes from Lakes Entrance. Coming from Melbourne turn off at Bairnsdale towards Bruthen. Coming from Lakes Entrance turn off at Nowa Nowa towards Bruthen
Located in the recently opened Port of Sale Building in one of the biggest Gippsland towns, Sale Victoria. The Gippsland Art Gallery has a permanent collection on display for viewing by everyone. You will also find a rolling exhibition on show there throughout the year.
At the time of writing the Gallery was featuring 2 exhibitions called “Grand Country” and “Space”. The Gippsland Art Gallery overlooks the Port of Sale which holds a local market on the 3rd Sunday of every month.
Where is the Gippsland Art Gallery?
The Gippsland Art Gallery is on the Princess Highway in Sale.
Tucked away from sight in far East Gippsland, Australia is a relic of a forgotten time. A time when trains traversed the nation moving people and goods across this huge land that we live in. Twenty kilometres east of Lakes Entrance on the Princess Highway you may notice a sign that says “Historic Trestle Bridge”.
Three Kilometres of unsealed gravel road takes you deep into the Colquhoun State Forest. Here you will find one of the most unique Gippsland tourist attractions, The Stony Creek Trestle Bridge. The Stony Creek Trestle Bridge was built in the early part of the 20th century in 1916.
The bridge was constructed when the existing rail line from Melbourne to Bairnsdale extended to Orbost. This 97km Bairnsdale to Orbost extension made its way through the rugged terrain of East Gippsland.
This section of railway was to have been the most difficult rail project undertaken in Victoria due to the surrounding dense bushland. The wooden trestle bridge serviced the line for over 60 years until damaged by bushfire in 1980. The bridge was repaired and the services resumed.
Stony Creek Trestle Bridge is a Hidden Gem
Due to high infrastructure costs and low passenger numbers, the last train crossed the bridge in 1988. At 247 meters long and 20 meters high, it is the largest standing wooden trestle bridge of its kind in the State of Victoria. The bridge is listed on the Register of Historic Sites.
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Building materials for the bridge included red ironbark and grey box timber. Stony Creek Trestle Bridge is a prime example of early engineering. Using skills and practises that utilised the resources and materials found on the site.
Things to do in Gippsland – Visit Stony Creek Bridge
You will find viewing platforms at either end of the wooden trestle bridge. You can also walk down and view the trestle bridge from underneath. The view from underneath gives you the sense of the scale and height of this relic of yesteryear.
You cannot walk on the wooden trestle bridge anymore as its top decking is in a state of disrepair and there are no guard rails on the sides. The top deck is actually fenced off to stop people getting out onto the bridge.
These days Rail Trails Victoria has the popular East Gippsland Rail Trail go right past the bridge on its Bairnsdale – Orbost rail-trail. This section of the Rail Trails Victoria section from Bruthen to Nowa Nowa is 30 kilometres long and passes the Stony Creek Trestle Bridge 5 kilometres from the finish
There is car parking available at either end of this amazing Gippsland tourist attraction. Toilets are on-site and there is a picnic table located just off to the side of the car park.
The Stony Creek Trestle Bridge is one of those finds that only happen when you take the chance to turn off the highway, to ask yourself why don’t we follow that little sign on the side of the road? Gippsland is full of little treasures like this waiting to be discovered by you!
We really enjoyed wandering around under and around the Stony Creek Trestle Bridge, it is definitely one of the places to visit in Gippsland. We plan on heading back out there for a bbq in the summer months.
There was so much to see out at the wooden trestle bridge and the wildlife out there was everywhere. There was no noise except for the calls of the birds and it was so peaceful. This is another good reason to visit Gippsland
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