Best things to do near Metung

Best things to do near Metung

Metung is one of the most popular towns on the Gippsland Lakes in Victoria Australia. A quaint little waterside village attracts visitors from far and wide. People visit to enjoy the scenery and tranquillity of this area on the Gippsland Lakes. The town centre only has a handful of shops serving great food and drinks from the local area.

Metung is in an enviable location, which means there are many things to do near Metung. From wildlife to history, from shopping to National Parks there is something for everyone to see near Metung.

Raymond Island near Metung

Raymond Island is located in the Gippsland Lakes near Paynesville. What makes Raymond Island special is its Koalas. Raymond Island is separated from the town of Paynesville by a channel of water that can be crossed every 20 minutes by ferry. You can either take a car onto the ferry to drive around the small island for a fee or you can go on the ferry o foot which is free. Once you are on Raymond Island, there is a clearly marked 1.3km Koala walk around the island where you can walk to see the Koalas in their natural habitat.

Yes, a Koala walk is one of the outstanding things to do in the Gippsland region. You will see markers on rocks and signed posts even painted koalas on the ground lead you in the right direction. The walk can be done in as little as 30 minutes depending on how many Koalas you see and how long you stay to look at these amazing animals.

While it is a good track it is gravel for some of the ways so be careful with wheelchairs and prams. It is always a great thrill to see Koalas in the wild and if you are lucky you may also get to see kangaroos, echidnas, swans or dolphins while you are on Raymond Island. There are no shops on the island but there are a bbq area and plenty of holiday homes. 

Distance from Metung to Raymond Island: 46 kilometres

Nyerimilang Heritage Park

Nyerimilang Heritage Park dates back to the late 18th century when the land was purchased as a place to go hunting and fishing on the Gippsland Lakes. Over the years since, the park has been owned by millionaires, church groups and finally Park Victoria.

The land has a colonial period homestead that is open for the public to visit. The Homestead has furniture and fittings from its period of construction. The Heritage Park at Nyerimilang today has areas for picnics, walking trails, tourist information and a fishing jetty for the public to use. The walks range from a few hundred meters to a few kilometres return.

The semi-formal gardens around the Homestead feature such varieties as Austral Indigo, Kangaroo Apple, Native Pigface, Tiger Orchard, Coast Grey Box and more. Animals and birds around the park include Blue Tongue Lizard, Eastern Long Neck Turtle, feather tailed Glider, Powerful Owl, Azure Kingfisher, Yellow Tailed Black Cockatoo and many more.

Distance from Metung to Nyerimilang Heritage Park: 10.6 kilometres

Stony Creek Trestle Bridge

Located in the Colquhoun State Forest between Lakes Entrance and Nowa Nowa is a mighty relic from the past.  A huge trestle bridge that used to support the train line from Bairnsdale to Orbost. 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.

A short 3-kilometre drive into the forest will have you face to face with the bridge. Today the Trestle Bridge at Stony Creek forms part of the East Gippsland Railtrail. 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 but you can ride past and walk under it. The top deck is actually fenced off to stop people getting out onto the bridge There are toilets and picnic tables at the site

Distance from Metung to Stony Creek Trestle Bridge: 38.4 kilometres

The Entrance Walk


Lakes Entrance is where the sea meets the Gippsland Lakes. The current Entrance was built early in the 19th century to allow fishing boats from Lakes system to access the waters of Bass Strait. In order to walk to the entrance, you must first cross the footbridge to the 90-mile beach. The Entrance Walk is a 5-kilometre journey along Cunningham Arm or the 90 Mile Beach depending on your choice.

Along the way, you will find historical markers that tell you about the history of the Entrance buildings. Most days you will see seals and or dolphins swimming in and around the waters of the entrance. Expect to take 3 hours return for this journey. If you are lucky you might just see some dolphins at the entrance.

There are no shops along the Entrance walk so you will need to take enough water for the journey and if you need to snacks as well.

Distance from Metung to Lakes Entrance: 20.4 kilometres

Buchan Caves

The Buchan Caves are an absolute gem that has to be seen to be believed. The near 400 million-year-old limestone formations were carved out by an underground river. Now you can tour the Fairy Cave or the Royal Cave to see the stalactite and stalagmite pillars that were discovered by Frank Moon back in 1907.

Today the Buchan Caves Reserve has bbq areas, playgrounds, hiking trails, an information area and general store. The area is a magnet for native wildlife. At Buchan Caves Reserve you will see Kangaroos laying about the campground and native birds such as the Bell Miner, Powerful Owl, Superb Lyrebird and Pied Currawong.

Distance from Metung to Buchan Caves: 71.3 kilometres

Where to stay in Metung Gippsland

There are so many places to stay in Metung Victoria for every budget. If you are looking for a 5-star hotel to a Metung Air bnb there is something for everyone.

Air BnB Metung alternative for your stay in Gippsland

Some people prefer a home away from home style accommodation and Air BnB is perfect for that. Check out the map below to find the perfect airbnb Metung.

Metung accommodation for couples

Metung is the perfect getaway for a quiet, romantic staycation. From luxury accommodation to small boutique hotels for couples.

The Moorings at Metung

The Moonings at Metung Gippsland 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.

For more information and bookings click here

Accommodation Metung for families

Family budget accommodation in Metung is in abundance. From cheap tent sites to large cabins for bigger travelling families there is a brilliant assortment of family accommodation around Metung.

Metung Holiday Village

The 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.

For more information and bookings click here

Budget accommodation at Metung

As we have said before you don’t have to spend a fortune to enjoy your holiday on the Gippsland Lakes. There is plenty of budget accommodation in Metung where you will get amazing accommodation.

Metung Waters

The Metung Waters offers a queen room with free wifi and flatscreen tv for your viewing. If your visiting in the warmer months you have air conditioning to keep you cool.

Coffee maker for the kick starts in the morning with a patio or balcony to drink it on. Metung Waters offer nice clean and quiet but basic rooms for a budget stay in the Metung area

For more information and bookings click here

How to get to Metung

Metung is located in East Gippsland on the Gippsland Lakes. You will need to turn off at Swan Reach on the Princes Highway to reach Metung. Metung is 15 kilometres from Swan Reach. To get from Melbourne to Metung the distance is 331 kilometres.

We hope this article from us here at Travels in Gippsland has you inspired to visit Metung in East Gippsland and shows you what to do in Metung. For more amazing ideas on where to holiday in Gippsland click through to our Gippsland Attractions page for more brilliant inspiration.


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Mark has grown up and lived in the Gippsland area all his life. Being born and raised in Gippsland he knows a thing or 2 about this amazing region. When Mark is not working he is out exploring the best of Gippsland with his wife and kids

5 excellent spots for free camping in Gippsland

5 excellent spots for free camping in Gippsland

Gippsland is Victoria’s hidden gem and the best region for camping in the state. If you are looking for riverside camping, beach camping or mountain camping sites, Gippsland is lucky enough to feature them all in abundance. No matter what you are looking for Gippsland has the best camping destinations for everyone. Free Camping in Gippsland can be done in so many exciting, beautiful, epic locations. In this article, we feature 5 spots for you.

Billy Goat Bend

There is an amazing lookout that gives you a 180-degree view of the wilderness of the area. The fast flowing Mitchel River meanders along below. This location is all about getting away into the wilderness of free camping in Gippsland.

Where is Billy Goat Bend located?

Billy Goat Bend is located in the Mitchel River National Park. Billy Goat Bend is best accessed via the Bairnsdale Dargo Road at Glenaladale. Once you enter the Mitchel River National Park the road becomes unsealed and the conditions are ever changeable. The site is accessible with a 2 wheel drive vehicle but the road is rough in spots. A slow and steady journey will get you there if you are careful.

What facilities are at the Billy Goat Bend campsite?

At Billy Goat Bend, there is car parking at the day area featuring picnic tables and fire pits. A short walk takes you to the free camping area where there are toilets and a lookout nearby. The camping area is not very large and only accommodates tents. From the site, you can do a number of walks including to the nearby Den of Nargun and Angus Vale. These walks are incorporated into the 25 kilometres Mitchel River Walking trail.

Hiawatha Falls

At Hiawatha, there are the falls and the Albert River. You can go swimming and fishing in the river upstream from the falls. This free camping Gippsland spot will help you get away from it all in its hilly forested location not far from the South Gippsland Coast.

Where are the Hiawatha Falls located?

Hiawatha Falls is located in the rolling hills of Gippsland behind Welshpool. The Albert River Road into the Hiawatha Fall camping area is narrow windy and eventually gravel. The road is in good driveable condition for all types of vehicles.

What facilities are at the Hiawatha Falls campsite?

At the camping area, there are public toilets and 2 concrete pitch areas that would suit caravans. The area has no bbq facilities so you will need to bring your own cooker or bbq. The area can be wet and muddy at times because if its location in the mountains.

Things to take camping in Gippsland

Timbarra

You may encounter a number of different wildlife species such as kangaroos and goannas. The Timbarra River runs along the side of the campsites and is good for swimming on hot days. The depth of the river varies so for fishing you may need to follow the river to find a good location. If you are into star gazing Timbarra is an amazing spot with pitch-black nights.

Where is Timbarra located?

Located in the hills of East Gippsland is Timbarra. Timbarra is located 23 kilometres north-west of Buchan, 81km from Lakes Entrance. Turn towards Buchan off the Bairnsdale Nowa Nowa Road. Turn at the Timbarra sign and take Nunnett Rd and turn onto Timbarra Rd.

What facilities are at the Timbarra campsites?

The road into Timbarra is both sealed and gravel. There are a number of maintained camping sites along the road. The sites are suitable for both caravans and tents. The campsites have toilet facilities and firepits for cooking. The sites are maintained with gravel tracks in and open grass areas for camping.

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Seaspray Golden Beach

The camping sites are located on the inland side of the coastal sand dunes. All the sites have pathways leading to the 90 Mile Beach. The walks can be between 100 and 300 meters to the ocean. This area is well known for its fishing, especially for catching gummy sharks in summer and salmon in the winter.

Where is Golden Beach located?

On the 90 Mile Beach between Golden Beach and Seaspray is over 20 maintained free camping spot. Seaspray Golden beach area is best accessed off the South Gippsland Highway at Longford from either Sale or Yarram.

What facilities are at the Seaspray and Golden Beach campsites?

A number of the campsites have toilet facilities, picnic tables and fire pits. Some of the campsites allow dogs and some are pet free. You will find a mixture of grass and sandy pitches. Some of the sites will suit caravans (not all) while tents can be used at all of these Gippsland free camping area.

Talbotville

Talbotville is popular for people who want to get away from it and relax in the Victorian high country. Bushwalking, fishing, metal detecting, motorbiking and 4 wheel driving are popular activities while at Talbotville.

Where is Talbotville located?

Nestled in the Victorian High Country past Dargo is Talbotville. Talbotville was once a thriving mining town on the banks of the Talbot River. Today it is a popular camping site with a few relics left from its golden era. Talbotville camping will definitely require a 4wd to access this spot.

What facilities are at the Talbotville campsites?

The camping at Talbotville is on a large expansive grassed area right by the river. There are picnic tables, fire pits and toilets on-site for campers. You can camp in tents and camping trailers. I personally think the road is too thin for a caravan but that’s a personal choice.

We hope you enjoyed the Gippsland Free Camping article from us here at Travels in Gippsland. Get out and explore Gippsland today, set up the tent, take in the views and have a great time camping in our region. For more amazing ideas on where to holiday in Gippsland click through to our Gippsland Attractions Page for more brilliant inspiration.


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About the Author

Mark has grown up and lived in the Gippsland area all his life. Being born and raised in Gippsland he knows a thing or 2 about this amazing region. When Mark is not working he is out exploring the best of Gippsland with his wife and kids

6 things you need to bring with you for a BBQ in Gippsland

6 things you need to bring with you for a BBQ in Gippsland

Gippsland is a fantastic place to have a BBQ with family and friends. There are lots of great spots to have your BBQ like Cape Conran, but you need to think about more than just the location when you are planning your gathering.

The following will look at 6 essentials to bring with you to have a great BBQ in Gippsland.

Meat and bread

When you are planning a BBQ, you need to cover the essentials first, and what could be more essential than the actual food you are going to cook and eat?

Sausages are the mainstay of any BBQ, and you don’t just need to go with beef. There are plenty of options for lamb and chicken, as well as vegetarian and even vegan choices as well. Keep in mind; if you are going to be cooking for different dietary requirements, then you want to make sure that there is no cross-contamination by using the same surface for different meats/meat alternatives.

If you need to source alternatives for your vegetarian or vegan BBQ guests, check out the vegan and meat-free section at Woolworths.

Burger sliders are also a great option for any BBQ, as well as skewers and smaller options like chicken wings or thighs. These are all great options if you BBQ often and you or others are getting a little tired of having sausages every time.

Other than the meat (or veggie alternatives), you need to make sure that you have bread as well. In Australia, we tend to go with simple sandwich bread to wrap around the meat, but you can always go a little fancier and buy hot dog and burger buns as well.

the sausages on the bbq

Sides and condiments

You’ve already nailed the core elements of a BBQ above, so there is really no rule you need to follow when it comes to the sides you offer. Of course, some sides are more classic for a BBQ, such as coleslaw, corn on the cob, baking potatoes, and more.

Sides can also be their own meals depending on the appetites of the people you have in attendance. In fact, there are lots of different dishes, such as the meals featured on EveryPlate, that could be prepared in advance and brought along to the BBQ. This can be a great option for people who want to enjoy the social gathering in picturesque Gippsland without having to eat BBQ food they might not personally enjoy.

You can’t forget about the condiments either! Make sure that you have all the essentials like tomato sauce, barbeque sauce, mustard and mayonnaise. It can be worthwhile buying extra of each so that you can be sure you won’t run out (there’s nothing worse than running out of condiments at a BBQ)!

Music and entertainment

While the natural sounds of Gippsland are a great soundtrack to any gathering, there’s nothing wrong with bringing along a handy JBL Bluetooth speaker and cranking some tunes for everyone to enjoy. If you and your family/friends use Spotify, it’s a smart idea to create a collaborative playlist so that everyone can add their own songs, and you’ll get a really diverse selection of music for your BBQ by doing this.

On top of the music, why not bring along some sports equipment or some other fun activities? A cricket set or footy is always a hit at any BBQ. Even a frisbee is better than nothing and helps to keep kids occupied while the adults chat.

Drinks

No BBQ is complete without beverages, as they’re essential to enjoy with the food, and will cool you down during the day. Keeping your drinks cool is a cinch when you have an esky – just make sure you bring enough ice with you to fill it up.

If you are going to bring alcohol, it’s a good idea to keep it in a separate esky for adults while you have another one with soft drinks for the kids. Make sure each esky is kept a reasonable distance apart, so there is no chance of confusion about which is which.

a family having a bbq

Garbage and recycling bins

Gippsland is a beautiful region, and just like the rest of Australia, we all need to do our bit to keep it beautiful. You shouldn’t try to have a BBQ if you aren’t prepared to clean up after yourself.

Make sure that you come with adequate garbage bags and separate your food and plastic waste from recyclables like beer bottles and cardboard packaging. You can make things easier by investing in small lidded plastic bins that you can line with a garbage bag and wheel around (the lids also help reduce any smell from the bins and stop insects from getting to the food waste).

Insect repellent and sunscreen

When you are planning a big BBQ in Gippsland, it can be easy to forget about the little things like insect repellent and sunscreen. It would be terrible if you or any of your guests were plagued with insect bites or with a nasty sunburn because you forgot about these essential items.

We hope this article from us here at Travels in Gippsland has you inspired to have a bbq in Gippsland for more amazing ideas on where to holiday in Gippsland click through to our Gippsland Town Attractions Page for more brilliant Gippsland inspiration.

Best things to do in Metung

Best things to do in Metung

Metung is the upmarket village on the shore of the Gippsland Lakes. With 5-star accommodation and a handful of boutique stores, there’s not much to do in the town. What the town doesn’t have, the activities on the water definitely make up for it and they are some of the best things to do in Metung Gippsland.

Metung in Gippsland is the quintessential lakeside village with yachts moored, people taking a stroll in the sun and families having fun.

Metung Fishing

Fishing is one of the top Metung attractions. Fishing in Metung can either be done from a boat on the water of the Gippsland Lakes or from the jetties and boardwalks around town. The boardwalk extends from the mouth of Chinaman’s creek right through the village centre to and to Shaving Point. Purchase all your fishing gear online at BCF and pick it up at Bairnsdale on your holiday on the Gippsland Lakes.

Fishing around Metung, you are most likely to catch bream, flathead, luderick, tailor, mulloway, whiting, perch and salmon. You can use sandworm, prawn or spider crab as bait. Fishing from the boardwalk, you will only need a light rod and tackle which you can pick up from any BCF store.

Swimming

Metung has some great sand beach areas along the peninsula that leads out to Shaving Point. The waters around Metung are great for kids. The swimming areas are calm with little or no waves, sandy bottom and a slow gradual increase in depth from the shore. These areas are great for families on holiday to Gippsland

Related Post: If you are spending some time in Metung with kids you may want to visit Lakes Entrance. Lakes Entrance with kids is great for activities and some fun in any season.

Boating

Boating is what the Gippsland Lakes is all about and staying at Metung can allow you to have the best experience of boating on the Gippsland Lakes. You can bring your own boat (fishing boat, water sports boat), you can moor your yacht with the Metung Yacht Club or you can go on a cruise from Metung with a few boating companies. If you bring your own boat, there is plenty of room for water skiing and kneeboarding.

The Metung Yacht Club can store your Yacht or you can participate in many club activities. The Club offers a wide range of activities for sailors and powerboat operators. The Yacht Club of Metung offers programs to attract Junior sailors and to teach women sailing skills as well.

Water sports

Activities such as canoeing, windsurfing and paddleboards can easily be done in the waters around Metung. You can hire canoes from Riveria Nautic in Metung. This is a great Gippsland activity for anyone who is visiting Metung Victoria.

Lawn Bowls

The Metung Lawn Bowls club is located just behind the Metung Yacht Club. The Club has synthetic greens that are playable all year round. The Club welcomes visitors for social lawn bowls every Thursday and Sunday. The Club welcomes new members and there’s always time for a chat after a game.

Playing Golf in Metung

Kings Cove Golf Course markets itself as one of the best 9 hole public access golf courses in Australia, A challenging 9 hole course with alternate tees on your second nine. This means you can play 18 holes and the tee of position changes from the first 9 holes to your last 9 holes.

The Metung Golf Club layout measures a might 6000 metres in length for a par 72, featuring a traditional layout of 10 par 4’s, 4 par5’s and 4 par 3’s on course. The Kings Cove golf course is open to visitors seven days a week. Clubhouse hours are 8.30 am to 5.00 pm Tuesday to Sunday.

Green fee and equipment hire prices at Metung Golf Club are as follows.

  • 9 Hole social golf $20
  • 18 Holes social golf $30
  • Gold Club hire $15
  • Electric Golf Cart Hire $30

Coming soon to Metung Victoria

Coming soon are the Metung Hotspring Development. Metung was always well known for geothermal waters. In the early ’80s, there used to be 2 public hot springs pools just out of town. Now in the 2000’s the company who bought us the ever-popular Mornington Peninsula Hot springs have turned their attention to building a complex in Gippsland in the coming years. This is going to be a great addition to Gippsland attractions for everyone.

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Where to eat in Metung

Metung is all about food. The majority of businesses in town are selling food in one shape or another: Cafe’s, bakeries, fish n chip shops and the local hotel all serve amazing food. The local Metung Village Store stocks lots of local Gippsland artisan foods and drinks as well for you to stock up on for you trip home from Gippsland.

Metung Bakery and Cafe

The local bakery does the usual fare such as pies, sausage rolls, salad roll, cakes and coffee. Where the bakery really excels is with its Vietnamese cuisine. On the weekends, they do what can only be described as an amazing explosion of tastes and textures called the Roast Pork Bahn Mi. Other dishes such as Pho and rice paper rolls are amazing. From time to time, the bakery does Vietnamese nights where they showcase their home crown cuisine.

Metung Pub

The most iconic location to eat in Metung is at the Pub. The Pub sits on the edge of waters of the Gippsland Lakes. There is seating indoors and outdoors but all seating has views of the water. The Metung Hotel serves good quality meals featuring lots of local seafood. You can pull your boat up to the jetty out front and wander in for a meal or a drink.

Where to stay in Metung Gippsland

There are so many places to stay in Metung Victoria for every budget. If you are looking for a 5-star hotel to a Metung Air bnb there is something for everyone.

Air BnB Metung alternative

Some people prefer a home away from home style accommodation and Air BnB is perfect for that. Check out the map below to find the perfect airbnb Metung.

Metung accommodation for couples

Metung is the perfect getaway for a quiet, romantic staycation. From luxury accommodation to small boutique hotels for couples.

The Moorings at Metung

The Moonings at Metung Gippsland 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.

For more information and bookings click here

Accommodation Metung for families

Family budget accommodation in Metung is in abundance. From cheap tent sites to large cabins for bigger travelling families there is a brilliant assortment of family accommodation around Metung.

Metung Holiday Village

The 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.

For more information and bookings click here

Budget accommodation at Metung

As we have said before you don’t have to spend a fortune to enjoy your holiday on the Gippsland Lakes. There is plenty of budget accommodation in Metung where you will get amazing accommodation.

Metung Waters

The Metung Waters offers a queen room with free wifi and flatscreen tv for your viewing. If your visiting in the warmer months you have air conditioning to keep you cool.

Coffee maker for the kick starts in the morning with a patio or balcony to drink it on. Metung Waters offer nice clean and quiet but basic rooms for a budget stay in the Metung area

For more information and bookings click here

How to get to Metung

Metung is located in East Gippsland on the Gippsland Lakes. You will need to turn off at Swan Reach on the Princes Highway to reach Metung. Metung is 15 kilometres from Swan Reach. To get from Melbourne to Metung the distance is 331 kilometres.

We hope this article from us here at Travels in Gippsland has you inspired to visit Metung in East Gippsland and shows you what to do in Metung. For more amazing ideas on where to holiday in Gippsland click through to our Gippsland Attractions page for more brilliant inspiration.


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Best things to do in Maffra Victoria

Best things to do in Maffra Victoria

Coming into Maffra from any direction one of the first things you notice is the surrounding farmland whether it be dairy or vegetable farms. Lush green paddocks with rolling fields, cows grazing and corn or canola growing. It is a beautiful sight.

Driving into Maffra you will instantly be drawn to the tree-lined nineteenth century Main Street, Johnson Street. The tree-lined avenue has local shops lying on each side street, some still sporting heritage verandas. Maffra’s main street is a throwback to times gone by with its community rotunda and town clock. A time when small Gippsland towns thrived.

Maffra population

Maffra Victoria has a small population of around 5,000, with the major industries being dairy farming and vegetables growing. The dairy industry is in decline while the vegetable industry surrounding the town continues to grow steadily.

Things to do in Maffra Victoria

What you will find in a small town like Maffra are friendly people and small-town hospitality. Let’s take a look at some of the best things to do in Maffra.

Gippsland Vehicle Collection

The jewel in the crown of things to do in Maffra. The Gippsland Vehicle collection is an award-winning motor vehicle museum. The museum has a rotating display of vehicles and motorcycles. The Gippsland Vehicle collection stages a number of shows throughout the year featuring different themes such as American classics, Fords etc just to name a few. You can make a day of it by bringing some food and using the free BBQ facilities onsite. GVC now allows self-contained travellers to camp in the grounds of the Motor Museum.

old industrial shed housing car museum in maffra

What is the Gippsland Vehicle Collection address?

1 Maffra-Sale Rd, Maffra VIC 3860

What are the Gippsland Vehicle Collection opening hours?

Friday-Monday from 10.00am – 4.00pm

Gippsland Rail Trail

The Gippsland Rail Trail that runs from Traralgon to Stratford enters and departs from Maffra. The rail-trail provides visitors with a great place to ride their bike or do some walking towards both Stratford and Tinamba. It is a nice flat surface ride to Stratford 11 kilometres away. If you like a drop of wine you can call into Avon Ridge Winery for a glass of wine at the near halfway mark. The ride to Tinamba has you surrounded by green dairy farming pastures. There are places to eat and drink at both Tinamba and Stratford.

Have a bbq at the Macalister River Park

If you are travelling in Gippsland with kids a stop at the amazing Macalister River Park in Maffra is a must. This large and well-maintained park is beside the mighty Macalister river and is a great family-friendly stop. There is a walking track beside the river where you can stretch your legs and look for local native animals.

What is the Macalister River Park address?

McMahon Drive, Maffra Victoria 3860

What facilities are at the Macalister River Park Maffra

There are plenty of facilites at Macalister River park for everyone.

  • Toilets
  • Free Bbq
  • Play equipment
  • Close to Woolworths Supermarket
  • Large lawned area for pets
  • Shaded eating areas
  • Seating
  • Walking track
  • Ample parking
  • Close to the Maffra Sugarbeet Museum

Maffra Golf Club

Maffra Golf Course has a reputation as having some of the best greens in the Gippsland area. The Maffra Golf Course is a par 72 golf course of just over 6000 meters. The course will provide a challenge to golfers of all abilities. A clubhouse has a bar and sells food on competition days and weekends. Green fee players and members of other clubs are welcome. The Maffra Golf Course has space for Rv parking so you can stay overnight.

What is the Maffra Golf Club address?

13 Fulton Rd, Maffra VIC 3860

What time is the Golf Course open?

The golf course is open daily from 9.00am-5.00pm

Tips for playing golf at Maffra Gold Club?

  • There are competition days where you may not be able to play
  • There are motorised carts and push carts for hire
  • You can hire golf clubs
  • If you need to stay the night there is a motor home park out the back of the club house
  • You can call the club house on 03 5147 1884 to book a time

Macalister Wetland Reserve

Maffra wetlands walk is a short 1.5 kilometres walk that is accessed from River Street near the local pool. The Wetlands of Maffra has both paved paths and wooden boardwalks. A number of Birds on the Victorian threatened species list which has been recorded at Macalister Wetland Reserve.

You might just see the Australasian Bittern, Glossy Ibis, Little Egret, Great Egret, Nankeen Night Heron, Royal Spoonbill, White-bellied Sea-Eagle and the Painted Snipe. There are a number of bench seats and picnic tables for you to sit on.

Maffra Tourist Information Centre

If you’re still looking for further things to do in Maffra call into the local tourist information centre. The Maffra tourist information centre is located in the old courthouse building on Johnson St (the main street) and is a Maffra attraction in itself.

What is the Maffra Tourist Information Center address?

 96 Johnson St, Maffra VIC 3860

What are the Tourist Information Office opening hours?

Open daily from 10.00am – 3.00pm (The Tourist Information Office closes early at 1.00pm on a Tuesday)

Maffra Sugarbeet Museum

Go back in time and learn about an industry that kept this town alive in times past. The Sugarbeet Museum is in the old office and weighbridge factory building that was used by the employees in its heyday. Outside you will also find some old equipment that was used in the harvesting process.

Inside there is plenty on the industry in the area, information on European families that settled in the area and some information in the local Aboriginal tribe that lived in the area.

What is the Maffra Sugarbeet Museum address?

McMahon Dr, Maffra VIC 3860

What are the Sugarbeet Museum opening hours?

Hours differ during seasons and on the availabilty on volunteers. Please contact 0351472680 to organise a visit.

Find the wooden sculptures at Victoria Park

Another beautiful park in Maffra to visit is Victoria Park. Here you will find wooden sculptures displayed along the banks of a large pond. You can walk through the park or around Victoria park to find the sculptures.

What is the Victoria Park in Maffra address?

52 Kent Street,  Maffra Victoria 3860 (Across from the Maffra District Hospital)

What facilities does Victoria Park Maffra have?

There are plenty of facilites at Victoria Pain in Maffra for anyone who needs a break.

  • Tap water
  • Free gas Bbq
  • Picnic tables
  • Toilets
  • Large shaded eating area
  • Play equipment
  • Ample parking on Kent Street

Sample a local wine

The residents of Maffra are lucky enough to have 2 wonderful wineries close to town. The closer of the two is Avon Ridge (the restaurant is called the Vines on Avon) and the other is Blue Gables.

The Avon Ridge Winery

Located just 5.5km’s out of the Maffra township towards Stratford Avon Ridge is a great place for a tasting of local wine. Surrounded with views of the vines you can also see out over the Avon River Valley. Not only can you enjoy a local Maffra wine here there is also an assortment of ciders too. The new restaurant and dining area is called The Vines on Avon.

What is Avon Ridge address?

446 Stratford-Maffra Rd, Maffra VIC 3860, Australia

Blue Gables

Situated on top of a small hill with the vines behind you, you are able to look down on some amazing farmland that the area is known for. You can sit inside under the verandah or out in the sun on the large picnic-style tables. While you are having your local Maffra wine you can enjoy some local Maffra cheese platers or wood-fired pizza. Blue Gables is located 23km’s from the Maffra township through beautiful farming lands.

What is Blue Gables address?

100 Lanigan Rd, Maffra West Upper VIC 3859, Australia

*If you are unable to get out to either of these wineries during your visit to Maffra you can purchase wines from them at the local IGA store in their liquor department. IGA is located at 102-106 Johnson St, Maffra VIC 3860

Devour a Maffra Pie

Many people will attest to loving a Maffra Pie. This award winning piece of heaven is a Maffra legend in it’s own right. Whether it’s at the footy or garbbing one to head to the park with the kids you can’t go wrong.

The Maffra Bakery and their pies have been around for as long as I can remember with my mother returning home with a treat of as Maffra pie on many occasions when I was growing up.

Where can I get a Maffra Pie?

You can visit the Maffra Bakery at 18 Foster Street Maffra, Victoria 3860

Does the Maffra Bakery sell other items?

You will find an array of cakes, bread, drinks, made to order salad rolls, sausage rolls and different flavoured pies if the traditional Maffra pie is not for you.

When is the Maffra Bakery open?

You will find the Bakery open Monday to Friday 7.30 am – 4.00 pm and Saturday mornings until 12.30.

Maffra Accommodation

Being a small rural town there are not too many options for Maffra accommodation. There are a few places to stay in Maffra and we will list them below.

Maffra Backpackers

Maffra Golf Club Motor Park

Gippsland Vehicle Collection Park

Air BnB

Macalister pub rooms

Maffra Caravan Park

Maffra Motor Inn

*Some of these places to stay only have basic facilities or they are only available to stay in if you are self-contained.

How to get to Maffra by car

Maffra is easily accessed off the Princess Highway on the Melbourne side of Stratford or via the Princess Highway turn off between Sale and Traralgon. You can easily follow the signs to Maffra.

How to get to Maffra by bus

If you are travelling to Maffra from Melbourne you will find you can book tickets through V/Line.

How to get to Maffra by train

There are no direct trains from Melboun to maffra. If you are travelling from Mebourne to Maffra you can get a train to Traralgon and then you will have to transfer onto a bus.

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About the Author

Mark has grown up and lived in the Gippsland area all his life. Being born and raised in Gippsland he knows a thing or 2 about this amazing region. When Mark is not working he is out exploring the best of Gippsland with his wife and kids