The Gippsland Armed Forces Museum

The Gippsland Armed Forces Museum

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

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

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

One of the best Gippsland Museums

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

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

model RRF plane and banner
Model plane from the RAAF

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

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

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

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Cannon for war at Sale Museum

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

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

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

Engine at Gippsland Armed Forces Museum
RAAF plane engine

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

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

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One of the planes om display at this Gippsland Museum

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

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

Gippsland Armed Forces Museum Opening Hours: 

Saturday to Monday:      10 am to 4 pm

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(Other times by appointment)

Admission Fees:

Adults $4

Families $10

Children $2

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

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

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

Where to stay in Sale Victoria

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

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

Great places to photograph in Gippsland.

Great places to photograph in Gippsland.

Today we feature a guest post from renowned East Gippsland photographer Judy Blion. Judy lives and works on the Gippsland Lakes. I asked Judy to tell us about some great spots to take photos in East Gippsland. For all, you photography buff out there, take note as Judy lists some great Photography locations in Gippsland


Red Bluff beach is located at the end of Red Bluff Road, Lake Tyers. It is a well-known surfing beach for the locals when the waves are up, and has an amazing and beautiful rocky headland. Sunrise is magical at this location, best photographed when at low tide, as the rocks covered in green moss light up when the sun hits the horizon.

Red Bluff lakes Entrance Gippsland Australia


As you drive along the Metung Road, you will pass a beautiful boardwalk, numerous jetties, and the beautiful waters of Bancroft Bay. Its a favourite spot of mine to photograph, especially during sunrise when the waters can light up in various shades of oranges, reds and pinks.  


Buchan Vally Gippsland Australia

A beautiful spot to travel to is the town of Buchan, in East Gippsland. Every year on Easter Sunday a rodeo is held. For anyone wanting to get some amazing action shots, this is the place to go. It is a fun-filled day for the whole family.  

The Old Buchan Road takes you on a drive above the township of Buchan and overlooks a beautiful vista below. A favourite time to photograph this area is very early on a foggy morning, as the fog looks like a blanket of cloud covering the town below. Landscape photographers will love this area.


Nungurner Gippsland Australia

Nungurner Jetty is a beautiful spot, located down the Nungurner Jetty Road in Nungurner. Beautiful boats can often be moored on the jetties, and make for some beautiful photography.  Always a popular spot for fishing, and it is not uncommon to see the Burrunan Dolphins swimming past.  Sunrise during the summer months can be magical.


So many places to photograph in the town of Lakes Entrance. From the many jetties along the Cunninghame Arm with fishing trawlers to the beautiful waters of Ninety Mile Beach. Bullock Island is another magical spot, drop in a fishing line, sit and enjoy the vast variety of bird life, and if you’re lucky you will see the local Burrunan Dolphins which are often seen as they travel between the Gippsland Lakes and the ocean. 

 Sunrises during the winter months are better along the North Arm, while in the summer months the sun lights up the Cunninghame Arm. Sunset photography can be taken from the many viewing areas along the road in and out of Lakes Entrance. Two favourite spots of mine are Jemmy’s Point Lookout or Kalimna, both overlook the entrance as well as a large area of the Gippsland Lakes below.  


Cape Conron Gippsland Australia

Salmon Rock at Cape Conran is a stunning rocky beach area with a jetty, and boat ramp, and is known to produce some brilliant sunset photography over the summer months. You can climb over the large rocks, find yourself a nice spot to photograph from, even find some stunning rock pools with reflections. If you have a Neutral Density Filter to block out light for your lens, the photos are endless with slowing down movement in the waves.  Lots of bird life can also be found in the bush areas adjoining the beach.  


The town of Mallacoota is beautiful all year round, but one of my favourite places to photograph would have to be Bastian Point. A nice wide angle lens will see you capture some beautiful rock formations, tidal movement, and rock pools. The jetties along the foreshore camping area are also well photographed during sunrise/sunsets. The Croajingalong National Park also offers many walking tracks, with lots of local wildlife to be found along the way.   


Tambo River Gippsland Australia

This beautiful river between Swan Reach & Metung has some stunning trees along the water’s edge that make for great sunset photography all year round. The reflections in the water are magical. If you drive to the very end of the river where it meets Lake King you will find well known and well photographed old dead tree lies at the very end of the river.


There is a lookout at the very start of the Silt Jetties which overlooks the entire area, showing the enormity of these long silt jetties.  Access is from Eagle Point via a car where you can drive to the very end of the headland.  Both sunrise and sunsets can produce some fantastic colours.


Located just out of Nowa Nowa, there is the stunning old Stoney Creek Trestle Bridge. Great for photography up above or even below in some areas. You can no longer walk across it for safety reasons but still makes for some great photography. Drive a little further down the road and you will find Costicks Weir. After some rain, you can see water trickling over the top, and foaming at the bottom.  

I hope this article inspires you to visit Gippsland. There are many more Gippsland destinations for photographers out there waiting to be visited. Why not plan a weekend in Gippsland. I would like to thank Judy for contributing to the Travels in Gippsland website. Judy can be found on Facebook and Instagram where her images are available for purchase

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Flying a drone in Gippsland

Flying a drone in Gippsland

“Your home point has been updated, please check it on the map” if you’ve flown a DJI drone you would instantly recall hearing this phrase. It suggests your drone’s GPS has located enough satellites to know where it is in the world, and automatically where to return if the transmission is interrupted during flight, now all that’s required is a big sky and a charged battery.

Gippsland, luckily, has beautiful clear skies, plenty of satellites, and amazing locations from the beach through to mountains, your chances of capturing that epic footage or flamboyant aerial image are very real here in Gippsland.

The best time to fly a drone in Gippsland

The best time to fly a drone in Gippsland is the first hour around sunrise, and the last hour around sunset. For a photographer, this is a magical time when the abundance of colours are exaggerated by the low angle of the sun. It’s also generally when you’ll encounter lower numbers of the general public.

Fishing on the 90 Mile Beach

Bright colours and fewer distractions sounds like a win-win! Gippsland covers a huge area, from just east of Melbourne through to the sea at Mallacoota. With such a large region, you’d be absolutely correct in expecting a diverse and extensive range of subjects, including:

-The picturesque Macalister Valley on the Heyfield-Licola Rd

-Lakes Entrance, a major fishing port

-Farmlands around Newry and Tinamba –

-Undulating hills surrounding Thorpdale -Vegetable farms in Lindenow

-Miles and Miles of Beachfront

-Mountains to the north with secluded valleys which seem to be endless.

-A myriad of remote areas covered with beautiful trees, these make lovely vertical images and include Mountain Ash and Silver tops, Eucalyptus varieties seem never-ending.

With such a large choice of locations, it may be overwhelming to choose just one. One of my favourite things to do is jump on google earth, choose a spot which looks interesting, and head in that direction. Sometimes you may not get to that exact location as areas of interest pop up along the way, that’s fine because remember, it’s not always about the destination.

It is the actual journey which is important, and most of the time the journey is the part we reflect on most.

A couple of questions I get asked frequently

Which is the right drone for me? And what are the best settings to use?

Technology changes so rapidly, in the last 4 years I’ve owned over 10 drones.

Camels on the beach in Lakes Entrance

From the Phantom 3 Pro in 2014, through to the M600Pro in 2018 and M210 in 2019, there isn’t one drone which covers everything and the same can be said for camera settings.

As technical as these drones can be, remember “its just a flying camera” and treat it as such. Answering the two above questions requires a personal conversation as it involves your budget and your desired output. What I can do is give a couple of tips for those new to the game.

Pines in Gippsland Australia

Tip one: Focus on the actual drone, forget about taking pictures for the moment and become competent at flying.

In an open field, practice flying the drone, be familiar with taking off and landing and placing the drone in a variety of positions. The only way to become comfortable with this is to use those batteries and do it often. Setting goals for yourself such as “today I’m going to fly around that big old tree and back” is a great way of becoming comfortable with flying your drone.

“it is just a flying camera”

Tip two: The camera, like all cameras you can place it on auto and get pretty good results. If you’d like outstanding images you may like to become comfortable with the aperture, shutter speed, ISO & frames per second.

When you’re at ease knowing where the settings are and how to change them quickly, the advantage will be with you. This can be accomplished sitting at the kitchen table, day or night, without being governed by outside weather conditions or Aviation laws.

Drone Laws?

Did you say Drone Laws? Although drones can be considered a toy, they are aircraft and we have a few CASA rules to conform to.

• You must keep under 400 ft above the ground.

• You must not fly your drone over or near emergency operations

• You must not fly your drone within 30 metres of people

• Fly only one drone at a time.

• You must keep your drone at least 5.5km away from controlled aerodromes.

• You may fly within 5.5km of a non-controlled aerodrome or helicopter landing site (HLS) only if manned aircraft are not operating to or from the aerodrome. If you become aware of manned aircraft operating to or from the aerodrome/ HLS, you must maneuver away from the aircraft and land as soon as safely possible.

• You must only fly during the day and keep your drone within visual line-of-sight.

• You must not fly over or above people.

• You must not operate your drone in a way that creates a hazard to another aircraft, person, or property

• You must not operate your drone in prohibited or restricted areas.

• For more info contact CASA on 131 757

To assist with this you can download the CASA “Can I Fly There App” (CIFT), Free from the App Store and CASA website.

If you’d like outstanding images

Need inspiration or more info? Join an online drone group. There are many groups who will support your ideas and give much inspiration, drone photography and videography has a huge following.

Here you can chat with like-minded people, find out about great local places to visit and as important places to avoid.

Recommended FB groups are:

*The Drone Group Gippsland

*Melbourne Drone Flyers

*DJI also has individual groups for each model they make.

Congratulations for choosing Gippsland as a location for aerial photography, if the green hills and slow-moving rivers don’t expel all your battery life, the vast paddocks dotted with round hay bales and vibrant sea shores surely will. You’ll find Gippslanders as a group friendly and approachable if there is a group of people near your chosen location.

Macalister Valley Gippsland

I’ve found it very favourable walking over and introducing myself prior to launching the drone, it not only ensures the group I respect their privacy and serenity but at times has let me in on impressive, otherwise “secret” locations nearby. Happy Flying!

About the Author: Shannon Shumski started his journey in aerial photography around 20 years ago, photographing from fixed wing aircraft and the occasional helicopter. Today Shannon operates www.SkyPhoto.Guru an image specialist company and is Co-owner of

Shannon is excited to be one of the thousands who are pioneering our drone industry. Passion and Aviation, an exciting combination. All images within this article copyright Shannon Shumski. Need inspiration or more info?

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Places to ride your Horse Wellington Shire Gippsland.

Places to ride your Horse Wellington Shire Gippsland.

The Best way to see the different places you can go horse riding in Gippsland is to join a local Trail Riding Club These Gippsland based clubs who usually run a ride each month in a different location. We are lucky in Gippsland as we have a few clubs to choose from in the area.

Rosedale Heritage Trail Riding Club

Toongabbie Trail Riding Club

Tambo Upper Trail Riding Club.

Cost: Australia Trail Horse Riding Association Yearly membership – $100 or Day membership – or around $15 for a day membership. There are sometimes extra costs per ride, which may include lunches and camping etc

Coonawarra Trail Rides (starting at $40)
If you don’t have your own horse Coonawarra also run trail rides, They do rides from an hour to overnighter trips

Rosedale also runs a yearly fundraising trail ride, previously it has been from Port Albert to Rosedale. This year they are changing it up and running one from Toongabbie on 13th April to raise money for LRHS

Horse riding in Gippsland

Pines plantation; Longford

We love Gippsland trail riding in the pines, Longford is easy to access and there is a nice long ‘blowout’ hill that we use regularly. We enter via the Archery Rd off Longford – Rosedale Rd and park behind the trees opposite the white fence. Others park at the base of the blowout hill.

Motorbike riders also use the pines and have created some handy tracks through the centre of some of the blocks. The main tracks are all gravel, with some blue stone in places. Though you can usually ride to the side of the track or find bike tracks and half block tracks which are usually sandy.

Longford Pines is mainly made up of square blocks, so you can ride for as little as half an hour or for hours. You do need to be aware of where is being logged, and steer clear of the area and the roads the trucks are using. Bike tracks are fun to explore with the kids.

Beach; Seaspray & McGauren’s Beach

Horse Access to Seaspray; Only South West of Merrimens Creek, so can be tricky to access unless you know someone with property adjoining to the beach. If you do cross at the creek, be sure to clean up all manure from the car park and avoid busy times, Locals can be less than friendly to horse riders crossing the creek.

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We love the beach, Great fun cantering the horses along in the heavy sand, the kids enjoy playing on the hummocks. Getting horses used to the ocean, always recommend taking an experienced horse, makes getting new horses into the ocean easier. You do need to be aware of the possibility of quicksand, especially on some of the tracks behind the sand dunes.

I would recommend using McGaurens Beach, access via Gifford road and onto McGaurens beach road. This is more user-friendly. Have not been there personally, so not sure what facilities available

Knob Reserve Stratford

The knob is home of the Stratford Pony Club and is a favourite spot for Dog Walkers, Walkers/ Joggers & Horse riders, there is a gravel road that circles most of the knob, there is also a dirt track up the middle.

There are seating areas, both undercover and in the open, Toilets and places to light a fire, down the bottom at the old footy oval. For walkers, there is also a lookout overlooking the Avon River and farmland, no access for horses.

For riders, there are a range of Cross country jumps from Grade 5 (50cm) up to Grade 2 (95cm), Up the top of the grounds there is also 2 menage’s, 1 is a 20mx40m post and rail fenced arena, which is free to use.

The other is 60mx20m which can be hired off the Stratford Pony Club. If jumping is not your forte, you can enjoy a leisurely ride around the grounds.

More about the Knob Reserve

Briagolong Red Gum reserve

Briagolong recreation reserve adjoins the Red Gum Reserve. There are a few kilometres of dirt tracks you can ride through the reserve, there are also a range of cross country jumps here to play on as well, including a ditch jump, these are all grouped together up the hill above the menage. There is also a 60mx20m fenced sand arena to ride on also and some basic yards.

Red Gum Reserve Facebook page

Roseneath Caravan Park

Roseneath is on the far side of lake wellington off the road into Hollands Landing. Used to be able to access the lake at the end of the road, but now access is only through the Caravan Park, so a great place for an overnighter.

There is a paddock available for horses, can build your own yards inside the paddock also. There are bush tracks to ride along, a 2km strip of sand along the edge of the water, The water is nice and shallow for the kids to play in or if you go out far enough you can swim the horses.

Roseneath Caravan Park Website

Protective Gear Worth Considering when Horse Riding

Make sure you have the appropriate safety gear when out horse riding. Accidents do happen, horses can sometimes rear up and shy away causing riders to fall. Here is a list of some safety equipment worth considering

Helmet: Protecting your head is the most import thing. make sure you get a well-fitted helmet that does up tightly. Browse helmets > Here <

Boots. your selection will need a one-inch heel to prevent your foot sliding through the stirrup and getting caught.

Safety stirrups. Use these safety cages on your stirrups to prevent a foot from getting caught up the stirrup in the case of a fall.

Gloves. You’ll have a better grip on the reins and most importantly it will protect your hands from rein burns and blisters. Buy gloves > HERE <

There are many great places to ride your horse in Gippsland. We have only covered a handful of locations in a small area of Gippsland here. We would love to hear any more suggestions for more Gippsland locations for hose riding.

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Cape Conran – Where to have a BBQ in Gippsland.

Cape Conran – Where to have a BBQ in Gippsland.

A visit to Gippsland for a BBQ is a great idea and there is no better spot than Cape Conran. You will find plenty of things to do at Cape Conran including a BBQ area that looks out towards the water. Cape Conran is a major Gippsland attraction that is a favourite for locals and returning visitors alike.

Cape Conran National Park is located in far East Gippsland. Turning off at Orbost you follow the Snowy River to where it meets the sea. You will drive along the coast through the banksia with occasional ocean views till you get to Cape Conran.

The first sign you will see takes you to the West Cape at Conran. West Cape is beautiful and dramatic with its ocean swells crashing over the rocks and white sand beach stretching around the coastline as far as the eye can see.

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We need to get to East Cape for our BBQ. East Cape BBQ area is set amongst the trees on the foreshore with ocean views. It is one of the most scenic places in Gippsland to have a BBQ.

BBQ hot plates waiting

You will find the following facilities waiting for you.

  • Free Electric BBQ
  • Picnic Tables
  • Toilets
  • Parking
  • Shower (for after swimming)
Seating area with the best view

Things to do at Cape Conran include swimming, fishing, camping and walking trails. An easy walk from the BBQ area at Cape Conran is the East Cape Boardwalk. The boardwalk goes around the East Cape on a very scenic walk. You will find plenty of rock pools depending on the tide where you can find marine life such as star fish and crabs.

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What strikes me about this area is the beach. The sand is powder white and unspoilt. You will see no high rises, no shops and no hotels. It is just white and the sound of the waves rolling in as you cook your bbq or relax on the beach sunbaking, playing or swimming.

Fishing off the beach can produce great catches of tailor and salmon. If you are good with filleting maybe you can cook your catch on the bbq in foil with some lemon.

Looking along the beach

If you avoid the school holiday periods you may even have the place nearly to yourself. Cape Conron is some of the best Gippsland coastal wilderness you will find in this area. Get in the car today and have a look!

The rock pools

Don’t forget to stop in Marlo and Orbost on your way to visiting Cape Conran. A beer or soft drink at the Marlo pub on the deck overlooking the water is an unforgettable Gippsland Experience.

The Orbost tourist information centre is located in an old high country hut. It worth a look just for the hut. If you are lucky the hut will be manned by a volunteer and you can hear the story of how it came to be in the town of Orbost. It really is a great story.

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About the Author

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