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.

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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.

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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.

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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
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Get the latest prices and booking details at Ramada Resort here

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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.

Looking for somewhere to stay near Paynesville? Click here for options

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

Stay in Korrumburra for the night, we have accommodation options here for you

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.

Stay the night in Mirboo North, we have accommodation options for you right here

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

Stay and explore the Buchan caves for a weekend, book your accommodation here

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.

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Gippsland Vehicle Collection Maffra

Gippsland Vehicle Collection Maffra

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.

When you visit the Gippsland Vehicle Collection you will be amazed at the amount of cars and they types that are displayed there. The biggest surprise will be that majority are locally owned and on display voluntarily from their owners. That is a feat in itself.

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The Home of the Vehicle Collection the Maffra Motor Museum

Where is the Gippsland Vehicle collection?

The Gippsland Vehicle Collection is located in Maffra Victoria, Australia.

The address for the Motor museum in Maffra is 1 Maffra-Sale Rd, Maffra VIC 3860

How was the Gippsland Vehicle Collection started in Maffra?

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 they 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.

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The old industrial shed has come up well

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.

The work on the Maffra Shed begins

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’.

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The collection of 4WD and off-road machines

When was the Maffra Vehicle Collection opened?

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 was not part of the official vehicle collection being housed on the inside of The Shed. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Postmen have much easier these days

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 full registration.

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An amazing old bike. They certainly don’t make them like this anymore

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.

Who runs the Gippsland Vehicle Collection?

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.

The Gippsland Vehicle Collection and the Maffra community

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.

What facilities does the Gippsland Vehicle Collection have?

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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.

Do we recommend the Gippsland Vehicle Collection?

We have attended plenty of days held at The Gippsland Vehicle Collection. While we don’t know a lot about cars we have absolutely enjoyed our visits there. This is one of the best Gippsland tourist attractions.

Any children who attend the open days are always thought of 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.

Gippsland Vehicle Collection opening hours

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.

Gippsland Vehicle Collection entry prices

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.

How to get to the Gippsland Vehicle collection

It will depend on what direction you are coming from but getting to the Maffra Motor Museum is very easy and well worth the side trip off the Princes Highway

Directions from Melbourne

Take a detour to Maffra, turn off the highway 7.5 km east of Rosedale if coming from Melbourne

Directions from Barinsdale

Take the side road to Maffra just after the railway viaduct out of Stratford if coming from Bairnsdale. Look for signs that have the Motor Museum picture on them.

Need a place to stay near Maffra?

Looking for somewhere to stay nearby? below is an interactive accommodation map of Gippsland. Just zoom in and out and drag up and down to find you place to stay when visiting Gippsland

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I hope you make it to this display on your Travels in Gippsland 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!

Click through to our Gippsland Museums page for more places to visit

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Skiing with kids in Gippsland

Skiing with kids in Gippsland

Family skiing holidays in the Victorian Snowfields are becoming more popular every year. Kids are becoming just as competent on their ski’s as their parents and they are loving the snow holidays Gippsland has to offer. Skiing with kids in Gippsland is the perfect way for any level of skier to enjoy a weekend at the snow, especially with the kids in tow!

Where can I go skiing with kids in Gippsland?

Snow holidays Victoria can be taken at any of the 5 resorts in the state. Snow Resorts in Victoria number 5. They are Mount Buller, Mount Baw Baw, Dinner Plain, Mount Hotham and Falls Creek.

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.

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What does Mount Hotham offer families?

  • Mighty 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 Hotham accommodation

You have so much to chose from when you stay at Mount Hotham. There is everything from budget accommodation to luxury.

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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.

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What does Mt Baw Baw offer skiing families?

  • 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 Mount Baw Baw website here

Where is 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.

Family friendly accommodation at Mount Baw Baw

There are plenty of places for families at Mount Baw Baw. Find your perfect Mount Baw Baw accommodation below.

Dinner Plain with kids

fin in the snow at Dinner Plain

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 skiing families?

  • Dinner Plain has combined Adult/Child beginners lessons.
  • Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays commencing at 10.00 am
  • 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

Where is Dinner Plain?

Dinner Plain is located next to Mount Hotham in the high plains. Dinner Plain is a beautiful snow village that comes alive in the winter months.

Dinner Plain accommodation for families

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

For more accommodation option in Dinner Plain check the responsive map below

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When does the ski season start in Gippsland?

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.

What do I need to keep warm at the snow in Gippsland?

Before you head to the snow make sure you are well prepared. You will need to buy 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.

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.

A ski trip in Gippsland is an awesome way to see the area and an epic addition to your Travels in Gippsland We hope you enjoyed this article, you can find more of the best of Gippsland on our Sports in Gippsland page.

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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