6 Amazing Gippsland National Parks to visit!

6 Amazing Gippsland National Parks to visit!

There are so many National Parks in Gippsland it is hard to know where to start. From National Parks that have thick Australian bush to never-ending oceans, you can’t go wrong with a visit to any of the Gippsland National Parks. Many of these National Parks are popular with locals, day-trippers and international tourists who hire campervans in Australia for their trips.

Gippsland is broken up into four sections East, West, South and Central Gippsland. Gippsland’s natural features are diverse from rugged mountains to rolling plains, rainforests, deserted coastlines, alpine regions to thousand-year-old forests. The Gippsland region of Victoria in Australia is our home. The Gippsland Coast stretches from just east of Melbourne to the New South Wales border.

We have spent great times camping, bushwalking, fishing and going to the Gippsland beaches with our kids and enjoying some of the best Victorian National Parks that are right on our doorstep! It’s a great place to raise a family with so many outdoor activities available to participate in. Being such a big area National Parks are plenty. Gippsland is home to over 15 Victorian National Parks. Here we talk our 6 of the best Victorian National Parks in Gippsland.

Wilsons Promontory National Park

The Prom as it’s affectionately known to Victorians is one of the most popular National Parks in the state. The Prom encompasses the southernmost tip of Australia. The Prom is renowned for its spectacular scenery of native flora, rain forests, and huge granite peaks that rise from the landscape.

Popular activities at Wilsons Promontory

The waters around the prom are alive with a huge variety of marine life with everything from whales to seals. Whales pass the Prom each year on their migration routes. Fishing and camping are popular options for many visitors to the Prom.

Bushwalking is popular with many day treks and overnight walks possible. The trek to The Wilson Promontory Lighthouse is the most popular. The lighthouse sits on a rocky peninsula that stretches out into the wild waters of Bass Strait.

Wilsons Promontory Accommodation

Wilsons Prom accommodation consists of many self-contained campsites such as Yanakee, Shallow Inlet, Sandy Point and Tidal River for you to stay at.

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If you can’t get Wilsons prom accommodation some of these will be the best places to stay near Wilsons Prom. If you are looking at camping at Wilsons prom you are best to get in quick as places fill up fast. Most of these parks are within a stone’s throw from the water and have access to some of the best Gippsland beaches.

Buchan Caves National Park

The Buchan Caves are located on the outskirts of the town they are named after, Buchan. The Buchan Caves reserve consists of a campground, camp kitchen, swimming pool, shop and a national park information centre. There are 2 caves available in the Buchan caves reserve for visitors to tour through.

Popular activities at the Buchan Caves National Park

The Royal Cave and the Fairy Cave are the caves located on the Buchan Caves Reserve. The caves were formed over many millenniums by underground rivers cutting through the limestone. The formation of the stalactites which are the feature of the caves is created by water seeping through the ground into the caves over millions of years.

Wildlife is aplenty in the reserve. If you camp at the Buchan Caves reserve you are likely to encounter kangaroo’s hopping around, koala’s in the tree’s and possums trying to raid your food supply at night! The pool at Buchan Caves is the coldest pool you will ever have the chance to swim in.

The water comes straight out of an underground cave. The pool is famous, you can ask anyone about Buchan Caves and sooner or later the conversation will get around to how cold the pool is. Bushwalking tracks are popular for short hikes.

Buchan Caves Accommodation

Gippsland National Parks – The Alpine National Park

The Alpine National Park is the largest of all the Victorian National Parks. This park joins up with national parks located in New South Wales and The Australian Capital Territory.

These joined parks across three states work to protect most of the Australian Alps. The Alpine National Park encompasses 10 of the 11 highest mountains in Victoria. The park is renowned for diverse mountain landscapes, wild rivers, untouched forests giant exposed escarpments on open plains.

Summit at Mount Hotham
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Popular activities at the Alpine National Park

A popular way to experience the park is to drive the renowned Great Alpine Road which winds itself through the highest altitude roads in the state offering uncompromising panoramic views of the Victorian Alps. Winter Ski resorts such as Mt Hotham, Dinner Plain fall in the Gippsland region of the park.

These resort towns offer downhill, cross country skiing and snowboarding for all skill levels. In the summer months, these small towns become a mecca for bushwalking, mountain biking and fly fishing enthusiasts.

The Alpine National Park accommodation

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Cape Conron National Park

Cape Conron National Park is located in far East Gippsland near the township of Marlo. The Conron National Park is one of the most remote and wild sections of the Victorian coastline. Untouched and rugged are words that come to mind when describing this part of the coast.

Cape Conron on a cold day

Popular activities at the Conron National Park

The park features the self-guide Cape Conron nature trail for the hikers. Rock pooling, swimming and fishing are popular activities for day-trippers and campers in the park. Scuba diving and snorkelling are recommended at the west cape beach and salmon rocks.

This area is inhabited by seals and a wide variety of sea life that thrive in the bull kelp forests that reside under the water. Camping and bbq-ing are available at Cape Conron.

Cape Conron National Park accommodation

Mitchel River National Park

The Mitchel River National Park has impressive wilderness and river sceneries. The Mitchell River cuts its way through deep and remote gorges in this park. The river meanders through some of the unique flora and fauna in the state some of which is indigenous to this area only.

Mitchel River National Park

Popular activities at the Mitchell River National Park

The best way to see the Mitchell River National Park is via white water rafting where you can experience the tranquil water and demanding rapids that characterise the Mitchel River.

It’s recommended that only experienced rafters take the river on (tours are available for the novices). Numerous walking tracks are situated throughout the Mitchel River National Park that takes you through forests of wattle tree and moss-covered rain forests.

Fishing for trout in remote area’s of the river is popular. Hunters stalk deer during the season while campers enjoy the tranquillity of the area. The Den of Nargun can be visited which is associated with the home of a beast in Aboriginal culture.

Mitchell River National Park accommodation

Gippsland National Parks – Tarra Bulga National Park

Tarra Bulga is a jointly managed National Park in Gippsland. The land where the Tarra Bulga National Park is located was once the land of the native aboriginal Gunaikurnai people.

Parks Victoria and the Gunaikurnai people oversee the care and maintenance of the Tarra Bulga National Park which recognises that the Gunaikurnai are connected to the land and speak for the land. Many easy bush walks are available at the Tarra Bulga National Park to suit all fitness levels. We choose to walk to the magnificent Corrigan’s Bridge.

The walk to the bridge is slightly downhill through a canopy of mountain ash trees that are hundred’s of years old, with their huge trunks and ferns as high as double story houses.

Corrigan’s Bridge is an amazing sight as it comes into view seemingly floating in mid-air amongst the forest. The walk back out from Corrigan’s bridge takes you through Fern Gully where giant ferns surround you in all directions and small streams flow through valley floor seemingly emerging from nowhere.

Tarra Bulga has a visitors centre and a bbq and picnic ground for you to enjoy. You will come up close to the many birds that live in the Tarra Bulga National Park while having a picnic.

Tarra Bulga National Park accommodation

The Lakes National Park

The Lakes National Park is located on the east shore of the Gippsland Lakes. The park takes in the waters of Lake Victoria and Lake Reeve.  The park includes Sperm Whale Head peninsula near Loch Sport and the islands of Rotamah and Little Rotamah]

Popular activities at The Lakes National Park

Camping, boating, fishing, bird watching and swimming and the most popular activities in the park You can see kanagroos roam ing freely at Sperm Whae Head.

The Lakes National Park accommodation

Camoing can be done at Emu Bight. Emu Bight is close to the shore of Lake Victoria. A communal shelter and toilets are provided onsite. For bookings and more information check the Parks Victoria website. You can stay in Loch Sport and choose to explore the Lakes National Park on a day trip

Croajingolong National Park

This area is a UNESCO world biosphere reserve. The Croajingolong features 100km of rugged and unspoilt coastline and covers 87,500 hectares. Thousand-year-old pristine eucalypt forest and rainforest combine to give you a glimpse of wilderness.

The area includes indigenous and endangered species in their native environment. Embrace the nature of beauty in the Croajingolong and its hinterland.

Popular activities at the Croajingolong National Park

Camping, beach walks and bird watching are a must in the park. Boating on the Mallocaoota lakes and visiting Point Hicks and Gabo Island lighthouse is interesting. This national park is home to more than 300 different types of birds and over 1000 native plant species.

Croajingolong National Park accommodation

Camping spots in the park can be booked through the Parks Victoria Website. If you’re looking for something a little more comfortable we recommend Blue Waters Holiday Cottages, Bastion Cottages and Gipsy Point Lodge.

The Snowy River National Park

The Snowy River National Park is located in the alpine and East Gippsland. The 98,700-hectare (244,000-acre) national park is situated approximately 390 kilometres (240 mi) northeast of Melbourne and 350 kilometres (220 mi) southwest of Canberra.

Popular activities at the Snowy River National Park

Snowy River National Park is known for its forests and rivers. We have all heard of “The man from Snowy River”. You will find deep gorges and amazing waterfalls. The park is popular for canoeing and rafting in wilderness area. You can camping, go bush walking, take in wildflowers, and seek adventure in your four-wheel drive.

The Snowy River National Park accommodation

You can stay in the major towns of Buchan and Orbost. If you want to camp you can check the Parks Victoria website for camping grounds.

Gippsland National Parks are plenty and out there waiting for you to explore on our next 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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The Gippsland Armed Forces Museum

The Gippsland Armed Forces Museum

It is rare to find such a small, yet wonderful museum like the Gippsland Armed Forces Museum in Sale, Victoria. Larger War Museums would love to have some of the items that this amazing museum has on display, especially with the stories that go with them from local servicemen and women of Gippsland.

This is a small, stand-alone, volunteer-run museum in Gippsland. It has a main focus on local Gippsland War Veterans and the impacts the War had on the area. The displays are made up of items purchased by the museum and so many amazing items donated so they can be shown to anyone willing to see.

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

Where is the Gippsland Armed Forces Museum?

The Gippsland Armed Forces Museum is located at the T.A.F.E campus out at Fulham right next to the West Sale Aerodrome and opposite the Fulham correctional centre (You will find signage as you drive along the Princess Highway Sale).

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

The Gippsland Armed Forces Museum address is Lyon Crescent, West Sale Aerodrome, Fulham, Victoria, 3851.

One of the best Gippsland Museums

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

Sale Victoria has had a long history with the RAAF. with the West Sale Aerodrome being the original East Sale RAAF base during WWII. The RAAF base was later relocated to the current East Sale base that is still operational today. Being out at the old base seems a fitting place for the museum to be in now.

model RRF plane and banner
Model plane from the RAAF

What is the entry price to the Gippsland Armed Forces Museum?

For what you get to see at this amazing War Museum it is absolutely worth every single cent.

Adults $4

Families $10

Children $2

What are the Gippsland Armed Forces Museum opening hours?

Saturday to Monday:      10 am to 4 pm

If you are unable to make this time or have a large group other times can be arranged by appointment

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What is on display at this Sale Museum?

You will find an absolute treasure trove of items on display at the Gippsland Armed Forces Museum. Everything from letters to medals awarded to local servicemen and women from Gippsland.

In the carpark

As you pull up you are greeted by three different, restored aircraft. Seeing them sitting right next to the runway was a sight! You can spend some time looking at them and taking photos before.

Inside the Gippsland Museum

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

Three rooms are filled with items that have been donated, gifted or on loan. The care and love put into all the exhibits are absolutely evident as you go from piece to piece.

Gippsland Armed Forces Museum and Hollywood

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

Gippsland Armed Forces Museum cannon
Cannon for war at Sale Museum

Where do the displays come from?

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

Who runs the Gippsland Forces museum?

So much pride and effort have been put into every piece that is displayed by a small number of committed volunteers. If you are lucky enough you may be able to spend some time with one of those wonderful volunteers. As I walked around all the rooms he was with me telling me how they got some of the items that are on show.

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

Engine at Gippsland Armed Forces Museum
RAAF plane engine

The Gippsland Armed Forces epic WWII story

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

The pilot and aircraft were finally found in 1948 by a gentleman walking in the bush. At this point, the pilot’s remains were returned to Hawaii and classed as Missing in Action.

Decades passed until a gentleman by the name of Rick, (who is also now a volunteer at Gippsland Armed Forces Museum) took it upon himself to get the pilot the military funeral he deserved. After a long process of DNA testing, the pilot was finally laid to rest again with full military honours at Arlington National Cemetery.

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One of the planes om display at this Gippsland Museum

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

Do you have a Gippsland veteran family member?

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

Do we recommend Gippsland Armed Forces Museum?

Absolutely!

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

Where to stay in Sale Victoria

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

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We love our little museums here in Gippsland. They are great family outings or as we found out a great day trip without the kids. If you are looking for things to do in Gippsland visiting the Gippsland Armed Forces Museum should be on the top of your list on your next Travels in Gippsland Click through to our Gippsland Museums page for more places to visit in Gippsland

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Great places to photograph in Gippsland

Great places to photograph in Gippsland

Having some local insider knowledge will help you take some epic pictures of Gippsland. Today we feature a guest post from renowned East Gippsland photographer Judy Blion. Judy lives and works on the Gippsland Lakes. I asked Judy to tell us about some great places to photograph in Gippsland. For all the photography buffs out there, take note as Judy lists some great photography locations in Gippsland.

Red Bluff Beach, Lake Tyers

Red Bluff Beach is a well-known surfing beach for the locals when the waves are up, and has an amazing and beautiful rocky headland.

Red Bluff lakes Entrance Gippsland Australia at sunrise. The water is dark and the moss on the rocks is highlighted in the front of the picture

Where is Red Bluff Beach?

Red Bluff beach is located at the end of Red Bluff Road, Lake Tyers.

When is the best time to take pictures at Red Bluff Beach?

Sunrise is magical at this location, best photographed when at low tide, as the rocks covered in green moss light up when the sun hits the horizon.

Bancroft Bay, Metung

Bancroft Bay in Metung is one of my favourite places to photograph in Gippsland. I especially love the sunrise pictures that I get from there.

Where is Bancroft Bay?

As you drive along the Metung Road, you will pass a beautiful boardwalk, numerous jetties, and the beautiful waters of Bancroft Bay.

When is the best time to take pictures at Bancroft Bay Metung?

The best time to take photos at Bancroft Bay is during sunrise when the waters can light up in various shades of oranges, reds and pinks.  

Buchan & Buchan Valley

A beautiful spot to travel to is the town of Buchan, in East Gippsland. The Old Buchan Road takes you on a drive above the township of Buchan and overlooks a beautiful vista below. Landscape photographers will love this area.

Buchan Valley Gippsland Australia on a misty morning. It is one of the best places to photograph in Gippsland for its valleys and bush settings

Where is Buchan?

Buchan is located in East Gipplsand. It is around 356 km’s from Melbourne along the M1 freeway.

When is the best time to take pictures in Buchan?

A favourite time to photograph this area is very early on a foggy morning, as the fog looks like a blanket of cloud covering the town below.

Every year on Easter Sunday a rodeo is held. For anyone wanting to get some amazing action shots, this is the place to go. It is a fun-filled day for the whole family.  

Nungurner Jetty – Nungurner

Beautiful boats can often be moored on the jetties, and make for some beautiful photography.  Always a popular spot for fishing, and it is not uncommon to see the Burrunan Dolphins swimming past. 

Nungurner Gippsland Australia at sunset. The orange and pink colours in the sky are so soft and subtle but amazing. The boats are dark in the water but you can see the closest boat well especially the steering wheel

Where is Nungurner Jetty?

Nungurner Jetty is a beautiful spot, located down the Nungurner Jetty Road in Nungurner, East Gippsland

When is the best time to take pictures at Nungurner Jetty?

Sunrise during the summer months can be magical.

Lakes Entrance, East Gippsland

So many places to photograph in the town of Lakes Entrance. From the many jetties along the Cunninghame Arm with fishing trawlers to the beautiful waters of Ninety Mile Beach. You will find Lakes Entrance one of the most diverse places to photograph in Gippsland.

Bullock Island is another magical spot, drop in a fishing line, sit and enjoy the vast variety of birdlife, and if you’re lucky you will see the local Burrunan Dolphins which are often seen as they travel between the Gippsland Lakes and the ocean. 

Where is Lakes Entrance?

Lakes Entrance is located on the 90 mile beach and is a part of the Gippsland Lakes system. Lakes Entrance is located 318 km’s along the M1 from Melbourne

When is the best time to take pictures at Lakes Entrance?

Sunrises during the winter months are better along the North Arm, while in the summer months the sun lights up the Cunninghame Arm.

Sunset photography can be taken from the many viewing areas along the road in and out of Lakes Entrance.

Two favourite spots of mine are Jemmy’s Point Lookout or Kalimna, both overlook the entrance as well as a large area of the Gippsland Lakes below.  

Cape Conran

You can climb over the large rocks to find yourself a nice spot to photograph from. You may even find some stunning rock pools with reflections that will look stunning. If you have a Neutral Density Filter to block out light for your lens, the photos are endless with slowing down movement in the waves.  Lots of birdlife can also be found in the bush areas adjoining the beach.  

Cape Conron Gippsland Australia at sunset. The jetty is coming out of the water with the reflection of the purple and blue sky. The rocks are a stark grey against all of the colours in the picture

Where is Cape Conran?

Cape Conran National Park is located in far East Gippsland. The easiest way is to turn off at Orbost. From there you follow the Snowy River to where it meets the sea.

The drive along the coast will give you even more photography opportunities as you drive along the coast through the banksia with occasional ocean views till you get to Cape Conran.

When is the best time to take pictures at Cape Conran?

Salmon Rock at Cape Conran is a stunning rocky beach area with a jetty, and boat ramp, and is known to produce some brilliant sunset photography over the summer months.

Mallacoota, East Gippsland

The town of Mallacoota is beautiful all year round, but one of my favourite places to photograph in Metung would have to be Bastian Point. A nice wide-angle lens will see you capture some beautiful rock formations, tidal movement, and rock pools.

Where is Mallacoota?  

Mallacoota is a small town in the East Gippsland region of Victoria, Australia.

When is the best time to take pictures at Mallacoota?

The jetties along the foreshore camping area are also well photographed during sunrise and sunsets. The Croajingalong National Park also offers many walking tracks, with lots of local wildlife to be found along the way. If you are looking for places to photograph in Gippsland that has a lot of birdlife this will be for you.

Tambo River

The reflections in the water are magical. If you drive to the very end of the river where it meets Lake King you will find well known and well photographed old dead tree lies at the very end of the river.

Tambo River Gippsland Australia as the sun is going down. It is popping out just a little before it finally sets. The clouds are whispy in the sky and there are dead trees in the water. The reflection on the water is amazing

Where is Tambo River?

This beautiful river is located between Swan Reach & Metung.

When is the best time to take pictures at Tambo River?

The Tambo River has some stunning trees along the water’s edge that make for great sunset photography all year round.

Mitchell River Silt Jetties

There is a lookout at the very start of the Silt Jetties which overlooks the entire area, showing the enormity of these long silt jetties.   

Where are the Mitchell River Silt Jetties?

 Access is from Eagle Point via a car where you can drive to the very end of the headland.

When is the best time to take pictures at the Mitchell River Silt Jetties?

Both sunrise and sunsets can produce some fantastic colours.

Stony Creek Trestle Bridge & Costicks Weir

Great for photography up above or even below in some areas. You can no longer walk across it for safety reasons but still makes for some great photography. Drive a little further down the road and you will find Costicks Weir. After some rain, you can see water trickling over the top, and foaming at the bottom.  

Where is the Stony Creek Trestle Bridge?

Located just out of Nowa Nowa, there is the stunning old Stoney Creek Trestle Bridge.

When is the best time to take pictures at the Stony Creek trestle bridge and the weir?

After some rain, you can see water trickling over the top of the Costicks Weir, and foaming at the bottom. 

I hope this article inspires you to visit Gippsland. There are many more Gippsland destinations for photographers out there waiting to be visited. Why not plan a weekend in Gippsland. I would like to thank Judy for contributing to the Travels in Gippsland website.

Judy can be found on Facebook and Instagram where her images are available for purchase. We hoped you enjoyed this article by Judy. You can find more of the best of Gippsland on our attractions page

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Flying a drone in Gippsland

Flying a drone in Gippsland

Gippsland, luckily, has beautiful clear skies, plenty of satellites, and amazing locations from the beach through to mountains. Your chances of capturing that epic footage or flamboyant aerial image are very real here in Gippsland. If you plan on flying a drone in Gippsland there are some things you will need to know and luckily I have the experience in the area of Gippsland to give you all the best tips.

Whether you are a pro-flyer or someone who needs some open space for a test fly then Gippsland has all the best drone flying locations for you.

while flying a drone in gippsland you can capture an epic shot of a boat from above. This one is a trawler and it has the white wash from it's engines coming out the back in a beautiful shape around the boat

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

The best time to fly a drone in Gippsland

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

Where are some epic places to capture drone pictures in Gippsland?

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

The picturesque Macalister Valley on the Heyfield-Licola Rd

Lakes Entrance, a major fishing port

Farmlands around Newry and Tinamba

Undulating hills surrounding Thorpdale

Vegetable farms in Lindenow

Miles and miles of beachfront

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

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

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

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

Some frequently asked questions about flying a drone in Gippsland

There are so many people getting into flying a drone and I find myself asked the same questipons about drone flying in general. These are soe fo the more frequently asked questions and I ghope the help you enjoy your time flying a drone in Gippsland.

Camels on the beach in Lakes Entrance

Which is the right drone for me?

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

You should really consider how often you will use your drone and what exactly you want to achieve by owning a drone.

What are the best drone settings to use?

As technical as these drones can be, remember it is just a flying camera and treat it as such. Answering the two above questions requires a personal conversation as it involves your budget and your desired output.

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

When you are fkying a drone in Gippsland you can get amazing pictures of the Pine treesfrom above. They are in perfect rows and a very green off set by the brown from the dirt ground

Some top tips for drone flying in Gippsland

While I can’t answer all the questions on what drone to buy or what is the best for you, what I can do is give a couple of tips for those new to the game.

Tip one for drone flying in Gippsland

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

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

“It is just a flying camera”

Tip two for flying a drone in Gippsland

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

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

Are there drone laws?

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

You must keep under 400 ft above the ground

You must not fly your drone over or near emergency operations

You must not fly your drone within 30 metres of people

Fly only one drone at a time.

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

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

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

You must not fly over or above people.

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

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

For more info contact CASA on 131 757


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

If you’d like outstanding drone images of Gippsland

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

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

Recommended FB groups are:

*The Drone Group Gippsland

*Melbourne Drone Flyers

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

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

Flying a drone in Gippsland is a great way to get picture of the Macalister Valley from above

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

A huge thank you to our friend Shannon Shumski who wrote this article for us here at Travels in Gippsland from his extensive knowledge on flying a drone in Gippsland.

Shannon Shumski started his journey in aerial photography around 20 years ago, photographing from fixed wing aircraft and the occasional helicopter. Today Shannon operates www.SkyPhoto.Guru an image specialist company and is Co-owner of www.DroneSalesAustralia.com.au Shannon is excited to be one of the thousands who are pioneering our drone industry. Passion and Aviation, an exciting combination. All images within this article copyright Shannon Shumski.

We hope this article from us here at Travels in Gippsland has you inspired to visit Gippsland to fly your drone. For more amazing ideas on where to holiday in Gippsland click through to our Gippsland from above page for more drone inspiration.

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Places to ride your horse Wellington Shire Gippsland

Places to ride your horse Wellington Shire Gippsland

For some people taking their horse out on the weekend for a free ride is the best way to see local places around them and enjoy a day out as well. Here in Gippsland, we have so many beautiful trail rides for horse and their riders. Places to ride your horse in Wellington Shire Gippsland are diverse and beautiful.

Horse riding in Gippsland

There are so many special places to horse ride in Wellington Shire from beach rides to bush rides. There are even some places that are fully dedicated to horse enthusiast as they are also used by local pony clubs during their meets. In this post we will cover all of those so you can pick the best place to go horse riding in Gippsland.

A white horse with a brown halter walks through the grass with mist behind it.

Beach locations for horse riding in Gippsland

There are so many epic scenes of people horse riding on the beach on the back of their favourite horse and there are places in the Wellington Shire where you can do that too.

One thing about horse riding on the beach is it is a great work out for the horse and a great way to have a swim too on a hot day. Just remember to respect any landowners around the area and don’t go into places that you are not allowed or invited into.

Seaspray & McGauren’s Beach

There is some horse access to Seaspray but it is only South-West of Merrimens Creek. It can be tricky to access unless you know someone with property adjoining to the beach. If you do cross at the creek, be sure to clean up all manure from the car park and avoid busy times, Locals can be less than friendly to horse riders crossing the creek.

A young girl horse riding in Gippsland on a beach. The brown horse is looking out towards the ocean and the rider is too. It is nice and calm on the beach

We love the beach. It is great fun cantering the horses along in the heavy sand, the kids enjoy playing on the hummocks. Getting horses used to the ocean can be tricky. We always recommend taking an experienced horse as it makes getting new horses into the ocean easier.

Tips for beach horse riding in Gippsland

I would recommend using McGaurens Beach, access via Gifford road and onto McGaurens beach road. This is more user-friendly.

You do need to be aware of the possibility of quicksand, especially on some of the tracks behind the sand dunes.

Bush locations for horse riding in Gippsland

If listening to the waves crash while you ride your horse in Gippsland or your horse is not a beach lover you may find the perfect place in the bush. Bush horse riding in Gippsland is amazing. You will find horse riding for beginners in Gippsland and even for the expert rider too.

The Pines plantation in Longford Gippsland

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

There are 5 children enjoying a horse ride in Gippsland through the pine plantations. They are all on different coloured horses and the picture is taken from someone also on a horse. You can see the picture taken over the horses ears

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

Top tips for horse riding in the Longford Pine Plantations

Motorbike riders also use the pines and have created some handy tracks through the centre of some of the blocks.

The main tracks are all gravel, with some blue stone in places. Though you can usually ride to the side of the track or find bike tracks and half block tracks which are usually sandy.

The Knob Reserve Stratford

The Knob Reserve Stratford is home to the Stratford Pony Club and is a favourite spot for dog walkers, walkers, Joggers and horse riders. There is a gravel road that circles most of the knob which is great for an easy horse ride or a good gallop. There is also a dirt track up the middle that is great for all levels.

A young girls taking her horse for a ride through the Aussie bush and jumping over a low lying red and white jump. The horse has it's front legs up and the girl is leaning forward

Horse riding facilities at the Knob Reserve Stratford

Horse riding at the Knob Reserve Stratford is fantastic. For riders, there are a range of cross country jumps from Grade 5 (50cm) up to Grade 2 (95cm) Up the top of the grounds at the Pony Club area there is also 2 menage’s, 1 is a 20mx40m post and rail fenced arena, which is free to use.

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

Other facilities at the Knob Reserve Stratford

Most of the other facilities you will find down the bottom of the Knob Reserve near the old footy oval.

Undercover seating

Open wood fire

Tie up station

Toilets

Open seating areas

For walkers, there is also a lookout overlooking the Avon River and farmland. There is no access to this area with horses as it is an important historical gathering site for the local Gunaikurnai people and must be protected.

Briagolong Red Gum Reserve

The Briagolong Recreation Reserve adjoins the Red Gum Reserve and is a great place for a bush horse ride in Gippsland. There are a few kilometres of dirt tracks you can ride through the reserve that cater to all expereince levels.

There are also a range of cross country jumps here to play on as well, including a ditch jump. These are all grouped together up the hill above the menage. There is also a 60mx20m fenced sand arena to ride on also and some basic yards.

If you would like to know more about what is at the Briagolong Red Gum Reserve have a look at the Red Gum Reserve Facebook page

Bush and beach horse rides in Gippsland

If you like a little bit of water on your ride and then a good gallop through the bush then this one may be for you. All experience levels are catered for and it may be the best way to train your horse to love the water as well without it being an overload for it.

Roseneath Caravan Park

Roseneath is on the far side of Lake Wellington off the road into Hollands Landing. There used to be access to the lake at the end of the road, but now access is only through the caravan park. This would be a great place to stay in Gippsland to horse ride if you are looking for an overnight stay.

Horse riding facilities at Roseneath caravan park

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

Roseneath Caravan Park Website

A golden coloured horse making a turn with a rider on the top. You can see the green grass and some mountains behind them.

Is there a horse riding experience in Gippsland?

If you do not have your own horse or you are unable to transport your horse there are some places that you can go to and have a horse riding experience. These are normally fanmtsatic for a weekend getaway in Gipplsand or a treat for the younger ones of the family who have always wanted to experiebce horse riding.

Coonawarra Trail Rides

At the Coonawarra Trail rides you can go on a 1 hour ride all the way up to an overnight horse ride. Everything is organised for you and you will be taken into the bush on horseback with an experienced guide.

Address for the Coonawarra trail rides is 3545 Bairnsdale-Dargo Rd, Glenaladale VIC 3864

Ryders Horse riding tours

The experienced guides at the Ryders horse riding tours will take you for a magical ride through the Bunyip State forest.

Address for the Ryders horse riding tours is 350 Forest Rd, Labertouche VIC 3816

Where are some trail riding groups in Gippsland I can join?

The best way to see the different places in Gippsland where you can ride your horse is to join a local Trail Riding Club. These Gippsland based clubs who usually run a ride each month in a different location are a fantastic way to meet new people and discover a new place for horse riding in Gippsland. We are lucky in Gippsland as we have a few clubs to choose from in the area.

We are lucky in Gippsland as we have a few clubs to choose from in the area. You can contact the horse riding club in Gippsland and see when their next ride is.

Rosedale Heritage Trail Riding Club
https://www.facebook.com/rosedaleheritageriders/

Toongabbie Trail Riding Club
https://www.facebook.com/Toongabbie-District-Riders-Club-Inc-281845145176008/

Tambo Upper Trail Riding Club.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/330515633703313/

Rosedale heritage trail riding club also runs a yearly fundraising trail ride, previously it has been from Port Albert to Rosedale. Visitors are welcome.

Is there a cost to join a trail riding club?

There is a small cost to join the Australia Trail Horse Riding Association. Their early membership is $100 or you can purchase a day membership for around $15. There are sometimes extra costs per ride, which may include lunches and camping etc

Protective gear worth considering when horse riding

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

Horse riding helmet

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

Horse riding boots

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

Safety stirrups 

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

Horse riding gloves 

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

Sports in Gippsland like horse riding are very important. There are many great places to ride your horse in Gippsland and on your travels in Gippsland you will see many people out enjoying a ride. We have only covered a handful of locations in a small area of Gippsland here. We would love to hear any more suggestions for more Gippsland locations for horse riding.

Our good friend Cat Mowbray wrote this of this article for us here at Travels in Gippsland from her extensive knowledge for horse riding in the Wellington Shire. We just added some padding to it. Thanks, Cat for your brilliant insider knowledge!

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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

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