Places to stay in the Gippsland Lakes

Places to stay in the Gippsland Lakes

The stunning Gippsland Lakes are situated in East Gippsland and they can be reached by an easy drive from Melbourne. Since the lake system takes just over three hours to reach from Melbourne, it makes them perfect for a weekend visit. The main towns for a stay in the Gippsland Lakes that tourists are looking for are Lakes Entrance, Metung, Paynesville, and Loch Sport.

Lakes Entrance is considered the capital of the Gippsland Lakes. The lakes are separated from the ocean by a long stretch of magnificent unbroken coastline called the Ninety Mile Beach.

What are the Gippsland Lakes?

The Gippsland Lakes is the largest inland waterway in Australia and is home to amazing marine life. The Gippsland Lakes are highly popular in the warmer months as tourists look to put their feet up to relax, sun themselves on the beach and drop a line for fishing.

In this post we will go through some of the most popular places for a stay in the Gippsland Lakes and what they have on offer for people wishing to visit Gippsland.

Lakes Entrance

As we said above Lakes Entrance is the largest of the Lakes towns and here you will find most of the essentials that you will need when visiting the Gippsland Lakes area. It is a beautiful sleepy, sea side town during the winter months but in the summer there is so much going on in the town.

The footbridge in Lakes Entrance snakes over the water. The bridge is white and has timber legs that go into the water. Lakes is a brilliant place to stay in the Gippsland Lakes

Is Lakes Entrance a good choice for you?

If you plan on visiting Lakes Entrance, as with any place you need to know a few things before you take the leap and book it! Lakes Entrance is the major town on the Gippsland Lakes and has most of the essentials for a perfect holiday on the Gippsland Lakes.

So if you are looking for never ending fun, entertainment and beach vibes the Lakes Entrance is the spot for you.

Pros of a stay in Lakes Entrance

Staying in Lakes Entrance offers you the biggest variety of shops and restaurants to eat at and browse. Facilities such as a golf club, bowling club and cinema are available for you.

Lakes Entrance provides you with easy access to both the 90 Mile Beach and the Gippsland Lakes. There is a wide variety of Lakes Entrance hotels for your Gippsland Lakes accommodation for any budget.

Cons of a stay in Lakes Entrance

If you are staying in the summer months prices will be high and the town will be crowded. Local eateries often increase their prices slightly to make some extra money while they can.

It is a very popular destination in Gippsland during summer, especially over the Christmas/New Year period with the majority of accommodation in Lakes Entrance selling out months in advance.

Essential Services in Lakes Entrance

Being the largest of the Lakes towns you can find nearly all you could need in Lakes Entrance.

  • Doctors Clinic
  • Police Station
  • Supermarkets
  • Petrol Stations
  • Fast food and local food shops
  • Mechanic
  • ATM

*For any medical emergencies you will need to go to Bairnsdale Hospital for treatment or call 000 for help.

Accommodation in Lakes Entrance

There are accommodation types for all budgets in Lakes Entrance. It doesn’t matter if you are a family, a couple or a backpacker there is something for everyone.

Accommodation for couples in Lakes Entrance

For a wonderful romantic getaway or for a break by the ocean there are so many places to close from when staying in Lakes Entrance. No matter the budget you have you are bound to have an amazing stay in Lakes.

Bellevue on the Lakes

The Bellevue on the Lakes located in the centre of town. The property features 2 pools, sauna, private jetty and a BBQ area where you can cook up your own feast of fresh seafood.

There is an onsite bar for cocktails, beer or a nightcap. Get romantic and get a superior suite with a spa bath. The Bellevue is the top choice for Lakes Entrance accommodation.

For more information and bookings click here

A woman sleeping in a very white bed looking peaceful on her stay in the Gippsland Lakes

Family friendly accommodation in Lakes Entrance

For families visiting Lakes Entrance, the accommodation options are never-ending. You can camp in Lakes Entrance or you can stay in a luxury resort type accommodation in Lakes Entrance.

Esplanade Resort and Spa

The Esplanade Resort and Spa is the logical choice for families staying in Lakes Entrance. You will find fully self-contained units for families. 1,2 and 3 bedroom units are available.

A large lagoon type pool and tennis courts. Located on the waterfront close to the North Arm area. You will find Aldi 100 meters away and a BBQ playground area nearby. This Gippsland Lakes accommodation is centrally located on the Esplanade in Lakes Entrance

For more information and bookings click here

Budget accommodation in Lakes Entrance

You don’t actually have to spend a lot of money in Lakes Entrance on your holiday if you don’t want to. There are so many free things to do in Lakes Entrance that at times the only thing you will pay for is your accommodation and your food!

Koonawarra Holiday Park

The Koonawarra Holiday Park has fully self-contained units. A 1 bedroom apartment with self-contained bathroom and cooking facilities is the budget choice ( 2 bedroom apartments are also available ). The park also contains a camp kitchen, seasonal swimming pool, kids playground and communal area.

For more information and bookings click here

Air BnB alternative for Lakes Entrance

If you prefer a home away from home style accommodation then Air BnB is the best choice for you. There are so many options for singles, families and budget-friendly options as well. Check out the map below to find the perfect air BnB in Lakes Entrance.

Where is Lakes Entrance?

Lakes Entrance lies at the eastern end of the Gippsland Lakes. Melbourne to Lakes Entrance is approximately 320 kilometres along the Princes Highway.

Additional information about Lakes Entrance

Lakes Entrance has great fishing and boating options. There is a cinema, mini-golf, camel rides and surrounding National Parks to explore. Trips out of town to Lake Tyers, Buchan Caves and the Stony Creek trestle bridge are some amazing things to do near Lakes Entrance.

Top Tips for visiting Lakes Entrance

  • The main beach is patrolled during the summer months
  • Grab an ice-cream from the Riviera Ice-creamery on the esplanade, they are so good
  • There are free BBQ’s along the esplanade where you can have a bbq and soak up the sun
  • There are places you can buy fresh seafood from the trawlers if you like
  • Do the Entrance walk on a nice day and see if you can spot the sea lions on the rocks at the entrance
  • Go to Bullock Island and watch people crabbing
  • Check out the carnival or the Sunday market if you are there while there are on

Metung

Metung is a small village around 20-30 minutes from lakes Entrance still on the Gippsland Lakes. As it is a smaller town it may not be as busy as Lakes Entrance in the summer months but it is very popular with people making a day trip to Gippsland.

Is Metung a good choice for you?

Metung is glorious little town on the Gippsland Lakes. If you are looking for a quieter stay on the Gippsland Lakes or a boutique getaway this may be the perfect spot for your holiday in Gippsland. Here are our thoughts on the pros and cons of a stay in Metung.

Pros of a stay in Metung

Metung is a small boutique village on the water edge. If you like quiet walks and fewer people, yachting and sipping lattes then Metung is a good choice for you.

There is a local yacht club, bowling greens, plenty of fishing spots, a 9 hole golf course and small sandy beach for swimming.

Cons of a stay in Metung

Higher prices for accommodation with many 4 and 5-star places listed. Small commercial area with only a handful of shops available for you.

Essential services in Metung

Being a smaller town there may not be as many facilities as you would find in some of the bigger towns.

  • Doctors clinic
  • Supermarket
  • ATM
  • Local fast food and a pub
  • Mechanic

Accommodation in Metung

Being a smaller town there are limits to the kind of accommodation that are on offer but Metung has some brilliant options for everyone.

Accommodation for couples in Metung

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

The Moorings at Metung

The Moonings at Metung have suites with a spa and views over the Gippsland Lakes. The property has indoor and outdoor pools, tennis court and private mariner take a romantic stroll along the Bancroft Bay boardwalk into the town centre. The Yacht Club and bowls club is a 10-minute walk while the local golf course is a 7-minute drive.

For more information and bookings click here

Family accommodation at Metung

Family 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 in 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

Air BnB alternative for Metung

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 air BnB in Metung.

Where is Metung?

Metung is 314 kilometres east of the state capital Melbourne and between the larger towns of Bairnsdale and Lakes Entrance.

Additional information about Metung

Metung has a boardwalk along the water’s edge that is great for fishing and walking.

The Metung Yacht club and Metung Bowls clubs are both welcomings of visitors.

You will find long sandy areas of the beach with calm Gippsland lakes waters for swimming. The Metung Pub is the focal point of the town.

Top tips for visiting Metung

  • Have a cold drink or beer on the deck at the pub
  • Get some fresh fish and chips from one of the local shops and enjoy then beside the water
  • Enjoy looking in the little shops

Paynesville

Another beautiful coastal town that sits on the Lakes system. It is a perfect spot for a weekend away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Is Paynesville a good choice for you?

Paynesville is in between Metung and Lakes Entrance in the amount of visitors it gets and the attractions it has nearby. It is a great town for having just enough of everything to keep you busy with not so much that you feel constantly overwhelmed.

Pros of a stay in Paynesville

Paynesville is centrally located for the best access to the Gippsland Lakes and to Bairnsdale the biggest town in the East Gippsland Region.

Bairnsdale is only 15 minutes away while the 90-mile beach at Lakes Entrance is 30 minutes away. At Paynesville, you still plenty of access for swimming and boating, not to mention the Koalas on Raymond Island.

Cons of a stay in Paynesville

Paynesville can get very overcrowded in the summer months with holidaymakers and day-trippers.

Paynesville is like 2 towns in one with the ferry to and from Raymond Island running daily.

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Essential services in Paynesville

Being another smaller town you may have to go outside of Paynesville to get some things if you can’t find them here.

  • Small supermarket
  • ATM
  • Mechanic

Accommodation in Paynesville

You will find every type of accommodation in Paynesville for every taste. From boutique to budget there is something for everyone.

Accommodation for couples in Paynesville

There are some beautiful places in Paynesville for you to stay in. You can take your pick as to how you want to spend your time in Paynesville.

Captains Cove Waterfront Apartments in Paynesville

The Captains Cove Waterfront Apartments feature a vast array of facilities available for their guests.

Each apartment features a balcony or patio, a dining area and a sitting area. In-room dining is easy with a kitchen that comes equipped with a fridge, a microwave, espresso maker and a hob.

Outdoor facilities include a tennis court and indoor swimming pool. The close access to the water allows for kayaking, fishing and boating.

For more information and bookings click here

Family accommodation in Paynesville

There is some great family accommodation in Paynesville that will have you never wanting to leave! Available for every budget you will definitely fin the perfect spot to spend your time here.

Mariners Cove Motel and Apartments

The Mariners Cove Motel and Apartments are right in the centre of Paynesville located within a 100-meter walk from the main shopping street and the ferry to Raymond Island.

Each room features a balcony or patio with some looking out over the waters towards Raymond Island. All rooms have TVs and coffee/tea makers, fridges, hairdryers and irons/ironing boards.

Free WiFi in public areas, barbecues and dry cleaning/laundry services. are available. Breakfast and free parking are available. Rooms can fit from 2 to 6 people which caters for all types of families.

For more information and bookings click here

Budget accommodation in Paynesville

The budget accommodation in Paynesville is amazing and can carter to all that want to visit Paynesville on a budget. As we have said before you don’t always have to spend a huge amount of money to have an amazing holiday in Gippsland.

Paynesville Holiday Park

The Holiday Park is only a short walk to the waterfront esplanade village, where you can find a selection of cafes, supermarket, restaurants and retail outlets.   

The Holiday Caravan park in Paynesville accommodation options includes cabins, villas, caravan and camping sites. 

Echidna

If you have your own van there are ensuite sites available for you.

Park facilities include a large camp kitchen, outside BBQ rotunda and games room.  If you are visiting in the warmer months you can access the solar-heated swimming pool, children’s splash pool, spa (Summer months only) and a playground with an inflatable jumping pillow.

For more information and bookings click here

Air BnB alternative for Paynesville

Check out the map below to find the perfect Air BnB in Paynesville.

Where is Paynesville?

The town is located 293 kilometres east of Melbourne.

Additional information about Paynesville

Paynesville is connected to Raymond Island by a free ferry. The Raymond Island Koala walk is a must.

The 2 close towns of Eagle Point and Newlands Arms are worth a visit.

There is plenty of BBQ areas and a cafe’s on the foreshore. The Bairnsdale Golf Course and Lawn Bowls Club are 5 minutes away.

Top tips for visiting Paynesville

  • Take the ferry over to Raymond Island to look for koalas
  • Get some fresh fish and chips and enjoy them on the dock
  • If you don’t want fish and chips have a bbq instead

We hope this article from us here at Travels in Gippsland has inspired you to get away to the Gippsland Lakes. Whether it be a weekend or a week, when you visit Gippsland you will find plenty of things to do.

For more amazing ideas on where to holiday in Gippsland click through to our Gippsland Attractions page for more brilliant Gippsland inspiration

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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 Mark is not working he is out exploring the best of Gippsland with his wife and kids

Fishing at Lake Wellington

Fishing at Lake Wellington

Lake Wellington is the largest lake in the Gippsland Lakes system. With its shallow waters and sandy bottom it is not only a perfect spot for a swim on a hot day, it is a brilliant spot for fishing in Gippsland.

The shores and the larger area around Lake Wellington are underdeveloped, with little accommodation of any sort available which makes it the perfect spot to pull up a camp chair, pick a nice, isolated spot and enjoy a day of fishing in Lake Wellington.

There are sine birds sitting on a dry log in Lake Wellington. It is a cloudy day and the reeds on the bank are dry

Lake Wellington is the largest of the three inland lakes that also include Lake King and Lake Victoria. Lake Wellington receives freshwater from the Latrobe, Thomson and Macalister rivers in the west and the Avon River in the north.

Boating at Lake Wellington

While freshwater is coming into the lake on a regular basis, Lake Wellington is only recommended for shallow bottomed vessels due to the shallow depth of water. If you are planning to boat or jet-ski on Lake Wellington your journey across the lake is well defined with markers as is the entrance to the Latrobe River and the Avon river

The sun is shining down on the calm waters of Lake Wellington. Fishing at Lake Wellington is a great way to spend the day. There us a swimming pontoon out in the water too

Where is the best place to launch my boat?

Lake Wellington is best accessed via Marley Point which lies 22km from Sale in Gippsland. At Marlay Point, you will find one of the many free camping in Gippsland sites, a sandy bank and a jetty to fish Lake Wellington. A boat ramp at Marley Point allows great access to the lake and the river that flows into it.

On the east side of Lake Wellington, you will Roseneath Caravan Park. The Caravan park is accessed by the Mclennan Straights Road from Clydebank. You can fish from the bank or launch your boat at Hollands Landing boat ramp and bring it around to be moored at Roseneath caravan park.

You find some rough and rugged roads that access the lake from different sides. Most of these tracks will require you to have 4wd.

You  need all the best gear when you are fishing at Lake Wellington in Gippsland. There are some gloves, a fishing tackle box and a fishing rod in this picture.

For those with boats in Lake Wellington, it allows you to move into the McLennan straights or the Avon River for fishing. You find good catches of bream in both areas.

What fish will I catch in Lake Wellington?

Fishing in Lake Wellington itself will most likely land you Carp or Bream. I have seen Carp above 50 cm caught in Lake Wellington. You are very unlikely to catch Bream from the banks of Lake Wellington. I witnessed an old Italian gentlemen fishing this way and he had over 15, 50 cm plus Carp in the crill net.

The best bet if fishing from the banks is to use a surf rod kit and walk around 100 meters out into the lake (water should only be around 1 metre deep) and cast out as far as possible. This will maximise your chance for catching the big fish in Lake Wellington.

What bait should I use to fish in Lake Wellington?

The best bait for Lake Wellington fishing is worms for bream and carp or bread and corn for Carp. I suggest if you just want to catch a fish while enjoying the area go after the Carp.

2 pelicans are bobbing around an old jetty on Lake Wellington. I bet they are doing some fishing at Lake Wellington

Carp will put up a good fight. Every one caught and killed is one less in the Gippsland Lakes System.

What if I catch a Carp?

Carp are an introduced, noxious species that have taken over our waterways. If you catch a carp in Lake Wellington and even if you catch one anywhere else it is advised that you do not release it back into the water if you do not plan on eating it.

It is actually against the Biosecurity Act of 2014 to release them back into the waterway. You are instructed to humanely kill the fish and dispose of it well away from the water.

Do I need a fishing license to fish in Victoria?

Everyone who goes fishing in Victoria needs a fishing licence. Fisheries officers regularly patrol the Gippsland Lakes checking if anglers have a licence. Victorian recreational fishing licences cost and are valid for:

  • 3-day licence for $10;
  • 28-day licence for $21.20;
  • 1-year licence for $37.20 ($34.95 if purchased online);
  • 3-year licence for $100.70 ($95.40 if purchased online).

You can purchase your RFL online and save a few cents for bait!

What is the nearest town for essentials to Lake Wellington?

There are two main towns that are close to Lake Wellington and it will depend on where you are coming from as to which town you will go through or be close to.

Sale, Victoria

Sale Victoria Australia is approximately 217km from Melbourne via the M1 and is one of the larger towns in the East Gippsland area. Lake Wellington is roughly 22km from the Sale town centre.

Essential services in Sale Victoria

  • Hospital with emergency department (Australian emergency number is 000)
  • Police Station
  • Supermarkets (Woolworths, Aldi, Coles, IGA)
  • ATM’s
  • Numerous petrol stations
  • Chemist
  • Fast food outlets and local pubs
  • Accommodation

You stop in Sale for anything you may need on your way through. There is more than enough parking for a car towing a boat in Sale.

Stratford, Victoria

Stratford Victoria is a small country town about 230 km from Melbourne via the M1 and approximately 52km from Bairnsdale also on the M1. Stratford is around 25kn from Lake Wellington.

Essential services in Stratford Victoria

  • IGA supermarket
  • 1 petrol station
  • ATM
  • Local fast food and a pub
  • Chemist
  • Police Station

There is also a medical centre in Stratford but it does not have an emergency department. The nearest emergency department is at the Sale Hospital.

Can I camp at Lake Wellington?

Free Camping at Marley Point on Lake Wellington is available and paid camping at Roseneath Caravan Park on the east bank.

If camping is not your thing

Camping is not for everyone or you may need more time in the area. Air BnB is a great way to have a home away from home. Most places you stay in have all the mod cons from home and allow you a little more of the creature comforts. Below are some properties that are offered in Gippsland.

Don’t forget you need a fishing licence to fish in Lake Wellington. You can pick these up from most fishing and bait shops in the Gippsland region on your Travels in Gippsland. BCF has a wide range of fishing gear that can be bought online prior to your fishing adventure. BCF has Gippsland stores in Bairnsdale and Traralgon. Locally you can call into Tackle World in Sale.

For more amazing ideas on where to holiday in Gippsland click please click through to our Gippsland fishing 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. “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

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4 Park Pass for Phillip Island

4 Park Pass for Phillip Island

Of all the destinations one can visit in this big land of ours my kids would readily say ‘Let’s go to Phillip Island’. It is world-renowned for its natural beauty, rugged coastlines and native animals. It is a brilliant family destination and seeing the penguins there is definitely a must-do while you are visiting Phillip Island. But what else is there to do on the Island?

Local and international visitors flock to Phillip Island Australia. It is one of the most popular weekend getaway destinations in Victoria. Phillip Island Nature Parks 5 park pass will provide you with all the sights you need to see on your trip to Phillip Island. The Phillip Island park pass will make planning your holiday on Phillip Island a breeze and get you into all the top sights on Phillip Island.

Phillip Island 4 Park Pass

What are the Phillip Island attractions in the park pass?

You will find that the major Phillip Island attractions are included in the park pass. They are all attractions on Phillip Island that are suitable for both families and couples. Below is the list of the included sights on Phillip Island.

  • The Penguin Parade
  • The Koala Conservation Reserve
  • The Arctic Centre
  • Churchill Island Heritage Farm

What are the benefits of buying a Phillip Island park pass?

Not only do you get to see the sights on Phillip Island but buying a pass also means you are helping to preserve this special place because Phillip Island Nature Parks is, in fact, a Conservation Organisation, that just happens to find it’s environmental, educational and research activities by operating these eco-tourism attractions.

In addition to operating these attractions, Phillip Island Nature Parks manages over 1,800 hectares of Crown Land which includes coastal reserves, woodlands and internationally recognised wetlands and perform habitat protection, restoration and revegetation.

Phillip Island 4 Park Pass

Phillip Island Nature Parks has also been responsible for the longest ongoing seabird study in the world. The revenue generated by the amazing ecotourism activities is invested in vital conservation, research and education programs. This will mean future generations will get to experience the magic that is Phillip Island.

What does the 4 park pass get me?

  • Entry to all the above Phillip Island attractions we have reviewed.
  • A seat in the premium penguins plus viewing area for a closer look at them.
  • An easy way to see all of the best attractions in Phillip Island

You must book your Penguin Parade viewing date but you are able to use your entry tickets to visit the Koala Conservation Centre, Churchill Island Heritage Farm and the Antarctic Journey at the Nobbies Centre once within 6 months of your Penguin Parade visit.

The Penguin Parade – Phillip Island 4 Park Pass

The one thing Phillip Island is most famous for is its Penguins. This attraction alone draws hundreds of thousands of international and local tourists every year.

The Phillip Island penguins parade happens every evening around dusk when these amazing little creatures make their journey from the water of the Southern Ocean to their nests on the grounds around the shoreline of the island. We had an amazing experience watching the penguins come in.

Phillip Island 4 Park Pass

Your first sighting of these cute little animals will be of them coming through the waves. They then disappear into the sand and you become much like a little kid on Christmas Day waiting for Santa.

The anticipation builds as you see the first few little penguins waddle over the top of the dunes. A trickle becomes a flood as Fairy Penguins keep coming in waves.  

Where is the best place to see the penguins on the beach?

We were in the Penguins Plus section. The Penguins Plus section allows you to be even closer to the beach to watch these amazing little creatures on their return home.

The penguins actually walk straight towards the platform you sit on, they walk underneath and around you. The night we were on the fairy penguins Phillip Island over 600 penguins came in and all four of us were completely mesmerised by these amazing little creatures.

Phillip Island 4 Park Pass

Essential information for the Fairy Penguins Phillip Island parade

  • Phillip Island penguins time is at dusk
  • Arrive at least an hour before the sun goes down
  • If coming in the cooler months bring warm clothes and blankets
  • No photos are allowed
  • Download the penguin’s app
Phillip Island 4 Park Pass

The Arctic Journey – Phillip Island 4 Park Pass

The Arctic Journey Phillip Island is about, dare I say…all things arctic! Australia has a long history of arctic exploration. You head into the Lab where there is a ton of learning opportunities through sight and sound activities. The Lab will give you a chance to feel how cold the artic is in the freezing room and this section was very popular with the kids.

Phillip Island 4 Park Pass

They can get to see the massive size of the Great Southern Whales and be amazed at what they are able to do. The kids will be a given an activity booklet that they will need to fill in by finding the answers in the Lab. You will see the primitive exploration gear that the pioneering explorers had to take to the artic in years gone by.

Phillip Island 4 Park Pass

The sounds of this artic animals will fill your ears, the unusual but beautiful sounds the whales make is mesmerizing. You will get to see how hot your body is compared to the Emperor Penguin through thermal imaging.

The sight and sounds auditorium where amazing huge screens displaying video images of the wildlife and rugged landscape of the artic.

This immersion experience was mind-blowing. Imagine an auditorium full of changing images catching your eye in every direction while the soundtrack of the arctic dances in your ears.

Where is the Artic Journey?

The Arctic Journey is located at the Nobbies beach on Phillip Island. There is a cafe with an amazing view out over the coastline. There is walking platforms and boardwalks outside for you to experience the natural beauty and rugged coastline of this area as well.

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The Artic Journey opening hours

The Arctic Journey at the Nobbies closes approximately 2 hours before sunset each day, and the Nobbies Centre itself closes approximately 1 hour before sunset each day to protect the native wildlife.

Summer: 10 am – approx. 7 pm (Opening at 2 pm on Christmas Day)
Autumn: 10 am – approx. 4 pm
Winter: 10 am – approx. 3 pm
Spring: 10 am – approx. 5 pm

Phillip Island has accommodation types for all people. You can find hotels, caravans, hostels and resorts. The interactive map below can help you pick your Phillip Island accommodation

Koala Conservation Centre, Phillip Island

The Koala Conservation Centre is located on 6 acres of bushland in the middle of Phillip Island. You enter this venue through the gift shop, cafe information centre. You should spend the first 10-20 minutes reading and learning about the kolas before heading outside.

Phillip Island 4 Park Pass

Outside you will find 2 treetop boardwalks. The Tree Top Koala Boardwalk is an 800-meter loop and the Tree Top Woodland boardwalk is 600 meters long. We were amazed that you could see the Koalas so up close and personal. Koalas sleep for up to 20 hours a day. We spotted about 6 at close range some even only a few feet away from us.

Look out for wallabies, echidnas and colourful native birds that also live on the reserve. For those of you that don’t know a wallaby is a smaller version of a Kangaroo. Wallabies are everywhere at the Koala Park Phillip Island. This is a must-see for anyone wanting to see the native Australian animals.

Let’s be honest who does not love Koalas! You may never get this close to a koala again. The Phillip Island Conservation Park can put you an arm’s length away.

Phillip Island 4 Park Pass
 The Koala Conservation Centre is open:

– 10 am to 5 pm daily (First Sunday in April to first Saturday in October)
– 10 am to 5:30 pm daily (February 1 to first Saturday in April and first Sunday in October to Christmas Day)
– 10 am to 6 pm (Boxing Day to end of January)
– 2 pm to 5:30 pm (Christmas Day)
* Please note: last access to Koala viewing boardwalks is 15 minutes before closing time

Phillip Island: 4 Parks Pass and Ultimate Penguin Tour

Experience the top 4 attractions of Phillip Island with one flexible pass. Join a ranger on a small group eco-tour at sunset where you will visit a secluded beach away from the main parade grounds and see the birds in their natural habitat. Watch sheep shearing and other farming activities at Churchill Island Heritage Farm. Marvel at Antarctic wildlife in the multimedia displays at the Nobbies Centre

Get the latest prices and information and booking details right here!

Churchill Island Heritage Farm

Churchill Island Heritage Farm is as it says is a little island just off Phillip Island. Churchill Island is accessible by a little bridge across the small waterway.

The dining room of an early settlers home. The table is set with old style plates and jugs for water. The walls are decorated with old style paintings and the window has beautiful lace curtains

What is Churchill Island?

Churchill Island is the site of the first European agricultural pursuits in Victoria and since the 1850s this 57-hectare island has been continuously farmed. In 1872, Samuel Amess, former Mayor of Melbourne, purchased the island for both holiday and farming use.

He transformed the island by building a homestead and outbuildings. Today Churchill Island Heritage Farm has been kept in its original state for visitors to see how life was in 1800’s. Today you can go through the homestead and see the furniture and decorations from the 1850’s.

a beautiful garden scene with old white timber sheds and tin roofs. There is nice tall lavender in the garden and it is nice and green with large pine trees in the distance
A young girl and a farmer in a big hat are trying to milk the cow.

Daily farming activities on Churchill Island

1.00-1.45pm         wagon rides (weekends, school and public holidays only – weather permitting)
2.10pm                 cow milking
2.30pm                 sheep shearing
2.45pm                 whip cracking
3.05pm                 working dogs
3.20pm                 sheep shearing

The baby animal farm was popular with the kids. They were able to pat the goats and sheep. You even had a chance to line up and milk a cow the old-fashioned way.

For most kids, I am sure they think milk just comes out of a bottle. The looks of sheer horror and curiosity as they are told to pull the cow’s teet is something to behold.

Smiles frowns and bemusement all around. Churchill Island Heritage Farm is a chance to step back in time and see how life was in the early years of Australia.

I think for kids of today’s technological society having to milk cows and farm is something totally foreign to them. Churchill Island Heritage Farm also holds a famous farmers market once a month.

Phillip Island 4 Park Pass.
A big old brown and white Clydesdale horse is standing tall in a small holding yard made from timber and has a small tin water tank next to him

How much is a Phillip Island 4 park pass?

These prices are from Get Your Guide and you can book them here now!

*They are correct as of March 2019.

AdmissionPrice
Adult$59.50
Child$29.70

Where is Phillip Island?

  • Phillip Island is located 90 minutes drive from Melbourne. Book your rental car today
  • The nearest international airport is Tullamarine Melbourne International Airport.

Where to stay at Phillip Island

Ramada Resort Phillip Island should be your first choice on Phillip Island. The Ramada Resort features Eco units for singles, couples and families. The resort facilities include restaurants, pools, gym, games rooms, bar, playgrounds and BBQs. Ramada is an all in one experience. The Ramada is centrally located to all Phillip Island attractions.

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How do I get from Melbourne to Phillip Island?

There are few different options on getting from Melbourne to Phillip Island.

Public Transport to Phillip Island

V-line operates a bus to Phillip Island’s main town, Cowes, from Southern Cross Station in Melbourne city. The trip will take you around 3 hours.

*You will need to make your way to Phillip Island and around the Island yourself. The Melbourne to Phillip Island bus does not drop off at the Penguins and the bus does not return after the Penguin Parade is finished.

Self drive to Phillip Island

Take the Monash Freeway (M1) to the Cranbourne exit, where you will turn into the South Gippsland Highway (M420). Follow this route to the Bass Highway (A420), through Grantville and Bass, then onto the Phillip Island Road (B420) to San Remo, over the bridge onto Phillip Island.

Organised tours to Phillip Island

There are a few tour operators that will take you to Phillip Island from Melbourne. Here are a few:

The natural beauty and Australian wildlife experience you will find on Phillip Island is second to none. What to do in Phillip Island look no further than the 4 Park Pass.

The 4 Park Pass will entertain and inform you. Let’s be honest Fairy Penguins are Koalas are awesome. Do yourself a favour get to Phillip Island for a day, weekend or a week and you won’t be disappointed.

There are so many amazing attractions for you to visit next on your Travels in Gippsland We hoped you enjoyed this article, you can find more of the best of Gippsland on our attractions page

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Free things to do in Gippsland

Free things to do in Gippsland

Gippsland being the vast and diverse place it is you will find so many things to do on any visit to Gippsland. Some of the best attractions are amazing free things to do in Gippsland and they 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. So pack up the car and get ready for some epic adventures.

Tarra Bulga National Park

For an epic day out in Gippsland, you must visit the Tarra Bulga National Park. Located in the Tarra Vally south-east of Traralgon and close to Yarram the Tarra Bulga National Park is a great way to connect with nature and walk through some amazing Australian bush. The highlight of the park is an easy walk to Corrigan’s bridge.

tarra bulga

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.

Top tips for visiting Tara Bulga National Park

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. It has all the information on the national park

How to get to 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. The journey from Traralgon to Tarra Bulga National Park will take approximately 33 minutes or roughly 35 km.

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Mountain biking in Gippsland

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.

blores hill mountain bike
Image courtesy of Ryan Lestrange Photography

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

Tyres Junction Railtrail

Mount Baw Baw Mountain bike trails

Mount Hotham to Dinner Plain Mountain Bike trail

Nowa Nowa Mountain Bike Park

Walhalla Gold Fields Mountain bike trail

Erica Mountain Bike Path

Gippsland Lakes Discovery Cycling Trail

Koala spotting in Gippsland

A dream of many people is to see the cute little native Aussie animal in their native habitat and seeing them for free is nearly impossible. 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. This has to be one of our favourite free things to do in Gippsland.

koala on raymond island

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

First, you will need to go to Paynesville. Catch the Raymond Island ferry from Paynesville. The Raymond Island ferry operates on a regular basis and the ferry makes Raymond Island accessible by foot or bicycle (for free) or by car (for a small fee) The ferry takes under 5 minutes from Paynesville to reach Raymond Island. To get to Paynesville turn off the Princes Highway at Bairnsdale.

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Stony Creek Trestle Bridge

This amazing relic of the past is located in the Colquhoun State Forest between Lakes Entrance and Nowa Nowa.  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.

stony creek trestle bridge

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.

Top tip for visiting the Stony Creek Trestle Bridge

Take your time there and have a bbq.

While you are unable to gain access to the bridge 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.

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The Entrance Walk

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.

Lakes Entrance foreshore

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.

Top tip for the Entrance walk in Lakes Entrance

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.

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.

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 Community Park & Museum Korumburra

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

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Noojee Trestle Bridge

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.

Image courtesy of Ryan Lestrange Photography

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.

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Grand Ridge Rail Trail

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.

Top tip for riding the Grand Ridge 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. It is a great spot to stop on your bike travels in Gippsland

How to get to Mirboo North, Gippsland

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.

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See world class street art in Yarram

People would normally think you would have to go to Melbourne to see some fantastic street art but now you can see it in Yarram. World renown street artist Heesco has spent an incredible amount of time bringing to life some of the old walls in Yarram. Using inspiration from local people the paintings are stunning and touch a chord to any local in the area. This is one of the newest additions to free things to do in Gippsland and should not be missed.

Where is Yarram?

The small town of Yarram is located in Victoria, Australia. It is a part of the Wellington Shire and is in Southeast Gippsland.

Long Jetty Port Welshpool

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.

Photo courtesy of John Morgan – Drone group Gippsland

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

Agnes Falls

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.

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Agnes 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.

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The Trinculo Wreck – 90 Mile Beach

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.

Trinculo wreck 90 mile beach
Photo courtesy of John Morgan – Drone group Gippsland

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

Swimming at Buchan Caves

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.

Unfortunately, at this time the Pool at Buchan Caves is closed and there is no information about it reopening. We will update when we have some information about it.

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

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Gippsland Art Gallery

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.

Port of Sale
Photo courtesy of John Morgan – Drone group Gippsland

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.

As you can see there are so many amazing free things to do in Gippsland that are suitable for the whole family. From nature to world class street art Gippsland has it all.

We hope this article from us here at Travels in Gippsland has you inspired to visit Lakes Entrance in East Gippsland. 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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Stony Creek Trestle Bridge

Stony Creek Trestle Bridge

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. Here is the bush that surrounds it, the Stony Creek Trestle bridge stand the test of time.

stony creek trestle bridge

Where is the Stony Creek 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 sometimes mistakenly spelt Stoney Creek Trestle Bridge.

When was this wooden trestle bridge built?

The wooden railway 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

Stony Creek bridge is a hidden gem in Gippsland

Due to high infrastructure costs and low passenger numbers, the last train crossed the historic wooden 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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What is the Stony Creek Railway bridge made of?

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.

What facilities are at the Stony Creek Trestle Bridge Reserve?

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.

stony creek trestle Colquhoun State Forest

Safety at the Stony Creek Trestle bridge

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.

Bec looking over the bridge

We really enjoyed wandering around under and around the Stony Creek Nature Reserve. 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 on our Travels in Gippsland.

What else is there at the Colquhoun State Forest?

There was so much to see out at the Stony Creek wooden trestle bridge in the Colquhoun State forest. 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.

Where to stay near the historic trestle bridge

Lakes Entrance may be the best place to stay near the Stony Creek Trestle Bridge. There are plenty of places to stay in Lakes Entrance from campsites to luxurious apartments. Find our recommendations below and book your stay now.

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

Please find 2 more articles from Travels in Gippsland below for your reading enjoyment. Just click on the description to read.


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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