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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Gippsland Vehicle Collection

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.

Visit Gippsland Vehicle Collection

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?


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

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!

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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.

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
By Giggy – Own work, CC BY 2.0,

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

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.

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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.

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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!

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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?


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.

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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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

A family-friendly guide to Gippsland destinations

A family-friendly guide to Gippsland destinations

Gippsland is the largest region in the state of Victoria Australia and for some, it is the most unknown part of the state. The Gippsland region is also the least populated area of the state and is an amazing region for families to visit with outdoor activities the most popular. There are so many Gippsland destinations that are perfect for an epic getaway.

Gippsland has miles and miles of coastline and mountainous areas waiting to be explored and experienced. Perfect for family weekend getaways in Victoria. Small towns with friendly locals welcome you. From swimming in the ocean to skiing down mountains to exploring any of the 20+ Gippsland National Parks in the area there truly is something for all members of your family to enjoy.

If you are looking for family-friendly guide to Gippsland Destinations look no further than what we have right here.

Where is Gippsland?

As we have said Gippsland is one of Australia’s best-kept secret. Many people have not heard of this gorgeous part of the State of Victoria.

Gippsland starts on the outskirts of Melbourne and stretches all the way to the New South Wales border. Gippsland has snow fields, mighty mountains, untamed rivers, vast farm land and rugged Australian bush you have the best of it all in this amazing area.

The map of Gippsland below will give you an idea of just how big the area is and what towns are a part of that area.

Map of Gippsland Australia
Map of Gippsland.

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.

chalets at Dinner Plain
The Alpine Chalets at Dinner Plain

Where is Dinner Plain?

Dinner Plain is located in the Alpine Region of Gippsland. Dinner Plain is approximately 5 hours and 45 minutes or roughly 445 kilometres drive via the Princes Freeway (the M1) to Bairnsdale and then the Great Alpine Road/B500

Dinner Plain is very much like a European alpine village than a town in Australia. If you close your eyes you could imagine yourself in Austria or Switzerland. Multi-story chalets with steep roofs and sleek designs adorn the main street.

Why is Dinner Plain a brilliant family friendly Gippsland destination?

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.

Where Dinner Plain really comes into its own is in the winter months. Dinner Plain is popular with families looking for a skiing experience. The gentle slopes of the Plain are perfect for beginners learning to ski and snowboard. Some time spent at The Peashooter toboggan run and building snowmen are family favourites when on the mountain. Dinner plain has 1 ski tow

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.

Dinner Plain accommodation

If you are planning a trip to Dinner Plain the price of accommodation will vary hugely depending on the season you visit. The summer months will see you get some real bargains as the snow has disappeared and the allure of the mountain subsides. But don’t underestimate travels in Gippsland during the winter months either!

Phillip Island

Phillip Island is one of Victoria’s if not Australia’s premier tourist attractions. When people talk penguins in Australia, they talk Phillip Island. Nightly these miraculous little fairy penguins make their way from the cold waters of Bass Straight up onto the beach to their homes at the island and into there burrows.

They waddle and they shuffle in all their cuteness to the oh’s and ah’s of the kids and crowds. These little guys may be the main attraction of the island but there is plenty more to see at Phillip Island.

Where is Phillip Island?

Phillip Island is located only an hour from Melbourne making it highly accessible to international visitors.

A baby fairy penguin at Phillip island

Why is Phillip Island a brilliant family friendly Gippsland destination?

There are so many family-friendly activities on Phillip Island for all ages. You can spend a few days touring Phillip Island and seeing so much more than the penguin (although no trip to Phillip Island would be complete without seeing them) Below are some of the best things to see on Phillip Island.

The Koala Conservation Centre

is a standout experience with a boardwalk through the trees bringing you up close and personal with Australia’s most iconic animal. In places, the Koalas are only a matter of meters away from you.

The Arctic Journey Centre

at The Nobbies is both educational and entertaining with the multimedia presentations on a large scale captivating. You will learn about Australia’s history of exploring the Arctic and the animals that call the water of this baron and deescalate place home.

Amaze n Things

Phillip Islands answer to a fun park is Amaze n things, home to magic, intrigue, action and excitement. From a giant maze to halls of mirrors, mini golf and high ropes courses there is a little something for all ages.

Churchill Island Heritage Farm

Experience a trip back in time with a visit to the Churchill Island Heritage Farm. Here you will get to see what life was like back in the 1800s on the sprawling farm.

The Arctic Journey Centre

Phillip Island accommodation

When staying on Phillip Island we recommend that you stay at Ramada Resort Phillips Island. Set on a bushland property with cabin-style accommodation and all the facilities of a 5-star hotel. You can get 1,2 or 3 bedroom cabins with cooking and washing facilities.

Lounge room with Tv, deck with outdoor setting to relax on free wifi. You will find indoor and outdoor pools, games room, play equipment on-site restaurant and bike hire are available. This is one of the best family accommodations we have ever stayed at.

Lakes Entrance

Lakes Entrance is the capital of the Gippsland Lakes. The largest town on Australia’s largest inland lake system. Located 3 hours east of Melbourne on the Princes Highway.

Lakes Entrance is all about long days spent at the beach swimming and eating ice cream and playing mini-golf. for families. What makes Lakes Entrance unique is its access to both the ocean and lakes.

The town is separated from the ocean by a long narrow stretch of water that requires you walk across a footbridge to access the 90-mile beach. If saltwater is not your thing the Lakes Entrance aquatic centre will keep the sand and sun away from you. When not enjoying the waters some equally popular things to do in Lakes Entrance include bike riding, fishing and mini-golf.

Where is Lakes Entrance?

Lakes Entrance is located on the Princes Highway in East Gippsland. Travelling from Melbourne to Lakes Entrance via the highway you will cover a distance of 330 kilometres and take you around 3.5 hours to reach.

There are many attractions to see when coming from Melbourne to Lakes Entrance, so plan ahead and take your time. Arriving from the opposite direction you will find Lakes Entrance 2.5 hours from the New South Wales border.

Why is Lakes Entrance a brilliant family friendly Gippsland destination?

Lakes Entrance is home to 4 mini-golf courses which is a fantastic game for the whole family. Fishing can be done either on the 90-mile beach or off the town jetties in the lakes system. It is quite a thrill for young kids to wind in a fish of their own. A shared bike path runs from one end of the town to the other along the water’s edge.

There is nothing better on a cool evening to go for a ride and watch the fishing boats come back into the docks. Over the January summer period, a carnival sets up in town on the foreshore with roller coasters, dodgem cars and sideshows.

Lakes Entrance Accommodation

When staying in Lakes Entrance we recommend that you stay at the Esplanade Spa and Resort. The Esplanade Spa and Resort is located on the Esplanade directly adjacent to the water and the beach. A community playground and bbq facilities are just behind the resort. Featuring a bar, restaurant, day spa and swimming pool this place hits the spot for families. Find out more about the Esplanade Resort and Spa here

Wilson Promontory

Wilsons Promontory or simply know as the Prom to Gippslanders is the southernmost point of the Australian mainland. The drive into Wilson Promontory takes you through a visual journey of excitement. You will see a rugged landscape dominated by hills with rugged outcrops, lush vegetation bursting with wildflowers that gives way to long white sandy beaches.  

Where is Wilsons Promontory?

Located just off the South Gippsland Highway 1 hour and 30 minutes away from Melbourne.

Why is Wilsons Prom a brilliant family friendly Gippsland destination?

The Wilsons Promontory National Park was recently made a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, only 1 of 6 worldwide. The Prom is home to an abundant amount of wildlife. You will find seals and whales in the waters that surround it and kangaroos, wombats and possums on the land. Around 400,000 national and 15,000 foreign tourists visit Wilson’s Promontory every year. You can undertake a variety of activities in the park, including hiking, fishing, power boating, camping and swimming.

The calm waters and sandy beaches of Wilsons Promontory are a strong drawcard for families coming to the area for a holiday. Tidal River is the main settlement at Wilsons Promontory, home to a ranger’s station and information centre. The information centre will tell you about everything from the different walks around the park to where the surf lessons for the kid are run.  

Days at Wilsons Promontory for families can be filled with an early morning fish, followed by a bushwalk and a cool-down swim in the ocean or the river. The main beach area is family-friendly with lifesavers patrolling during the summer months. The main areas of the Prom are packed in the summer months with accommodation at Foster and Fish Creek filling up fast.

Wilsons Promontory Accommodation

We recommend Promontory View beach House for your stay at the Prom.
Set in Yanakie, this 4-bedroom holiday home features a deck with sea views. The unit is 2.5 mi from Wilsons Promontory National Park. Sit on the deck enjoy a bbq and drinks as you watch the sunset over this amazing part of Australia. For more details and bookings click here


Walhalla is located in the foothills of the Great Dividing Range in Gippsland. The road to Walhalla winds its way around the mountains through rainforests, and across rivers. Wallaha sits in a densely forested valley where the trees and bush lap at the back door of many properties.

As the gold declined so did the population to the point where the town was nearly forgotten and reclaimed by the bush. Walhalla has now re-emerged as a colonial-era tourist town restored to its former glory.

Where is Walhalla?

Walhalla It is located in the Great Dividing Range, in Stringers Creek valley. Walhalla is accessed via Rawson if coming from the west and Tyers if coming from the east.

Why is Walhalla one of the best family friendly Gippsland destinations?

The main street is lined with shops bought back to their former glory and painted in heritage colours selling antiques, foods, ice creams and old-fashioned sweets. A BBQ by the river in the park is a relaxing way to spend a few hours. The kids can enjoy the playground with plenty of space to play.

The land around Walhalla is so steep that even the cemetery is located on the slope of a hill. Walhalla was one of the most prosperous gold-mining towns in the state over 100 years ago.

The mine that was once so prosperous can now be toured daily as you are taken down into the depths of the mountain. The Gold Fields railway which starts a few kilometres outside of town is the star attraction. The reopened line ferries families and visitors in and out of Walhalla by a traditional steam train.

Walhalla Accommodation

If you are brave enough and you are spending the night in Walhalla there is a ghost tour that takes around town at night. Camping is a great option for Walhalla with paid and free camping areas available.

There is also some amazing and unique stay at places like the old hospital and sites near the mines. There are a few houses that are also available for you to stay overnight if you dare!

We hope these amazing places have awakened you to a few of Gippsland’s best destinations for family day trips, weekends and holidays. Gippsland can easily be reached from Melbourne so when are you visiting?

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

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

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About the Author

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

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