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
There are many places a town should be proud of and one for us is The Gippsland Vehicle Collection, Maffra Motor Museum. For a small town in Australia with a population of 5,000 people, it is amazing to think that a vehicle collection museum as beautiful and unique as this would call our little town of Maffra Victoria home.
Visit Gippsland Vehicle Collection
Like most great Aussie ideas The Gippsland Vehicle Collection was developed by 3 mates and 1 pub. After the Grand Prix Rally had been held in town they all had realised how many beautiful cars had been bought out from a life in their owners shed. The cars had proudly been brought out to show the world and the question was, how many could be bought out more often? The idea of a Motor Museum was becoming a reality.
Surprisingly the Motor Museum started fast. An inspection of an old unused shed that was previously a dehydration plant that was lying vacant just within Maffra happened the next day.
It was large enough to house displays of cars and any other memorabilia that would be of interest. It was also a perfect spot as at the front was a large grassed area that could be used for parking, the possibilities of developing this area could be endless.
Over the next few months, meetings were held with Murray Goulburn to work out an arrangement for the lease of the shed. Finally, a ‘peppercorn’ lease was arranged and the home of The Gippsland Vehicle Collection had been found. Once the home for the Motor Museum was found there was a massive clean up needed.
As it had been left unused for many years windows needed to be boarded up, beams needed to be repaired and with the help of the local Maffra Fire Brigade and their fire hoses, a general clean up was underway! As you can tell there were plenty of people interested in the start of ‘The Shed’.
The official opening for The Gippsland Vehicle Collection was on 14th of October 2006 and cars turned out in droves with their proud owners. Because of the large grassy area in front of the shed (and the beautiful Maffra weather on the day), there was plenty of room for extra cars to line up out the front that were not part of the official vehicle collection being housed on the inside of The Shed.
People from far and wide came to see what sort of cars had turned out, it was a huge success. And from there The Gippsland Vehicle Collection has gone in leaps and bounds. It quickly became one of the places to visit in Gippsland.
You may be asking how all of these cars can possibly be tracked down. A database was developed with members entering their car details onto it. This allows The Gippsland Vehicle Collection to contact the owner and ask if they are willing to ‘lend’ their car for display purposes.
This is one of the best Gippsland Tourist attractions
With the reputation that The Gippsland Vehicle Collection has gained itself, private collectors are more than happy to ‘lend’ their cars to the Motor Museum for a period of 4 months if their car is suitable for the current display. The displays are changed every three months in March, July and November each year with a grand opening held on a certain weekend.
This allows people to be constantly wowed by the ever-changing display at The Gippsland Vehicle Collection. As of 2019, the vehicle collection is adding a train to the platform that once carted goods away from the working shed in years gone by.
With a large number of members increasing over the years The Gippsland Vehicle Collection decided to become a part of The Club Plate Scheme. This is a permit scheme for people with cars over 25 years old so they can be driven for between 45 days and 90 days per year without having to pay a full registration.
As some of these cars are works of art they are not taken out for a run to the shops on a regular basis so this has been a magnificent way to get people to visit Gippsland and share the beauty of the car they own.
With all good organisations, the volunteers are the backbone of this beauty. In many cases, it has accidentally become the go-to place for people with a common interest for support through hard times.
Not only can they bond over their passion for cars but they can check in on a mate who may need that extra care. People are welcomed with open arms and it is also with these people that they help out other worthy organisations.
There have been fundraisers for local families and for other larger organisations like The Breast Cancer Foundation and the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal. It has also been with these volunteers dedication that many improvements have been made to the shed to make it what it is today.
There is an outdoor area with a bbq and seating, disabled access, a small kitchen that can cater to basic food and an indoor eating area with toilets. The area out the front is also a great place for people to park their vans overnight with a dump point facility easily accessible. For people living in the town and seeing it as we drive past you can see how much goes into keeping it looking so good. It had been with all of this hard work and dedication that in the near future ‘The Shed’ will be owned by The Gippsland Vehicle Collection.
We have taken the girls to plenty of the days held at The Gippsland Vehicle Collection and they have both attended displays with their school groups. While we don’t know a lot about cars we have absolutely enjoyed our visits there.
The kids are always thought of with their open days and catered for. The cars that are on display are always unique and even if you are not ‘into’ cars you can always appreciate the pure workmanship that goes into every tiny little beautiful detail.
There are always plenty of children and families wandering chatting about which car is their favourite, especially when the Maffra weather is at its best. Another part of the display that they love is the clothing from the era the cars are from.
A local couple tries their hardest to match clothing and other items of interest to match the current display. It really adds a whole other dimension to the display within The Shed.
While we are sharing some pictures of what will be on display within The Shed we can’t tell you what other gems will be bought out for the day. There is nothing like getting down there and seeing the display for yourself.
Hours of Operation are:
Friday – Monday from 10 am to 4 pm
‘The Shed’ is open EVERY DAY of the school holidays if you are looking for a family-friendly activity.
Entry Fees 2019
Adults $15 – Concession $10 – Under 15 Free.
The Gippsland Vehicle Collection is an absolute credit to the hours and hours of love and care that its volunteers put into it. It is a definite must-see if you are in the area and if you are not it is worth a drive up to this way to see it.
I hope you make it to this display and if you can’t I hope you put it on your list of places to see in the future as it is one of the best Gippsland Attractions. If you would like any more information on The Gippsland Vehicle Collection please head over to their website. If you have questions I am sure they will be more than happy to answer any you have!
How to get to the Gippsland Vehicle collection
Directions: Take a detour to Maffra, turn off the highway 7.5km east of Rosedale if coming from Melbourne or just after the railway viaduct just out of Stratford if coming from Bairnsdale. Look for signs.
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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 tobuy 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 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.
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 websitehere
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
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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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
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, bushwalking, 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 Strait.
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.
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.
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.
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 plenty and out there waiting for you to explore. Visit Gippsland today. We hoped you enjoyed this article, you can find more of the best of Gippsland on our attractions page
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