Skiing with kids in Gippsland

Skiing with kids in Gippsland

Family skiing holidays in the Victorian Snowfields are becoming more popular every year. Snow holidays Victoria can be taken at any of the 5 resorts in the state. Snow Resorts in Victoria number 5, Mount Bulla, Mout Baw Baw, Dinner Plain, Mount Hotham and Falls Creek.

The Victoria snow season starts at different times at all the resorts depending on how much snow has fallen. Opening day of the Victoria snow season is usually very close to the first day of Winter. Snow Holidays Victoria can usually be taken up to the end of September.

Snow day trip from Melbourne and any other region of the state are possible. All the Resorts are in the North East Of Victoria. Your cars will need to be fitted with snow chains to get there.

Before you head to the snow make sure you are well prepared. You will need to buy a snow jacket, gloves, waterproof pants, thermals and a beanie at the least. If you don’t have the right clothing you will have a cold and miserable day.

Let us take a look at some of the family-friendly programs for kids that run at the 3 downhill snow resorts in Victoria

Mount Hotham with kids

Mount Hotham in the east Victorian snowfields caters to families with its programs for all age groups. Mt Hotham kids ski and ride schools encourage a social environment and interaction with its participants.

Mount Hotham Australia
By Giggy – Own work, CC BY 2.0,

Mount Hotham offers:

  • Might Mights 3-5-year-olds
  • Kids club for 6-14-year-olds for skiing
  • Kids club 7-14 for year olds snowboarding
  • Kids learn to ski and ride 6-14 years old with no experience
  • Burton Riglet for 3-6-year-olds snowboarding

The Burton Riglet program is impressive for families if you have young children. Getting kids on a snowboard early in age is great for their future progression in the snow.

For more information, you look at the Mount Hotham website here!

Where is Mount Hotham – Mount Hotham is between 375 and 456 kilometres from Melbourne depending on which way you go. You can take the Hume Highway and the Great Alpine Road or you can take the M1 Princes Highway and Great Alpine Road. One is North and one is east

Mount Baw Baw for kids

Mount Baw Baw has the lowest elevation of any of the downhill resorts in Victoria. What it lacks in height it makes up for in facilities. Baw like the other resorts caters well for a family skiing holiday in Victoria.

Mount Baw Bar skiing with kids in Gippsland
By Alex Cohen – Self-photographed, CC BY-SA 3.0,

Mt Baw Baw offers:

  • Rowdy Rippers aged 3-6
  • Gully’s Groms aged 3-6 snowboards
  • Frosty Kids aged 7-12
  • Teen Program aged 13 – 17

Mount Baw Baw kids ski programs offer small groups only. the size is limited daily so get in early and book your lessons. Small groups are great for getting a more personalized lesson and instructions for your kids in the Victorian snowfields.

For more information, you can access the Mout Baw Baw website here

Getting to Mount Baw Baw – Mt Baw Baw is a short 1-hour drive from the heart of Gippsland, 2 1/2 hours from Melbourne and 3 hours from the Mornington Peninsula. Plan ahead and drive safely.

Dinner Plain with kids

fin in the snow at Dinner Plain

Dinner Plains history stretches back well over a century to when the stagecoach that crossed the mountains would stop here for lunch, thus the name Dinner Plain. Today Dinner Plain is a popular 365 day a year destination with a wide range of activities. The town has over 200 chalets and lodges plus shops, pubs and restaurants. In the summer months, activities such as bushwalking, horse riding, mountain biking and tennis are popular with visitors.

What does Dinner Plain offer:

  • Dinner Plain has combined Adult / Child beginners lessons.
  •  Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays commencing at 10.00am
  • 1-day Dinner Plain lift pass, 2-hour ski lesson
  • For kids-only lessons, check out the Mighty Mites and Kids Club programs at Big D at Hotham.

The all-year-round tubing park that is highly popular with kids and adults alike. For the more advanced you can take a trip 20 minutes up the road to Mt Hotham one of Australia’s premier ski destinations. For more information check out the dinner plain website here

When at Dinner Plain we can highly recommend Ramada Resort. It is your all in accommodation destination for winter and summer. For more information click here

We hope this has inspired you to take a family holiday to the Victorian Snow Fields. The snow resorts in Victoria are easily accessible by car from Melbourne and other locations. Be prepared for the snow and enjoy your time.

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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

Places to ride your Horse Wellington Shire Gippsland.

Places to ride your Horse Wellington Shire Gippsland.

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

Rosedale Heritage Trail Riding Club

Toongabbie Trail Riding Club

Tambo Upper Trail Riding Club.

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

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

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

Horse riding in Gippsland

Pines plantation; Longford

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

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

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

Beach; Seaspray & McGauren’s Beach

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

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

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

Knob Reserve Stratford

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

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

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

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

More about the Knob Reserve

Briagolong Red Gum reserve

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

Red Gum Reserve Facebook page

Roseneath Caravan Park

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

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

Roseneath Caravan Park Website

Protective Gear Worth Considering when Horse Riding

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

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

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

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

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

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

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5 of the best Gippsland Golf Courses

5 of the best Gippsland Golf Courses

Golf is a sport close to my heart here at Travels in Gippsland. I spent a large part of my youth, late 30’s and early 40’s swing the big stick at a little white ball on the Gold Courses of Gippland Australia.

To say I was spoiled for choice was an understatement. You could find me anywhere within a few hours for a round of golf with a couple of mates either on the weekend or in the summer months after work. Gippsland Golf Courses pose some amazing challenges for golfers of all abilities, from your weekend hacker to your serious competitive player, there is a course for everyoe to enjoy.

Due to the popularity of the game, you can find a competition every day of the week somewhere in Gippsland for you to play in and challenge your skills. You can go with some mates or at times you can join a group at the course on the day. Today we are going to have a look at 5 of my favourite Gippsland Golf Course.

Maffra Golf Course

Where:  Fultons Road, Maffra.

Contact Details: / Phone: 03 5147 1884

The Course: Maffra is a par 72 course with your typical layout of 4 par three’s, 4 par fives and 10 par fours on the course.

Playing golf in Gippsland at Maffra Golf Club
Maffra Golf Club from
Photo courtesy of Maffra Golf Club Website

Standout Hole: For me the standout Par 4 is the third hole. A short dog leg to the left protected from tee to green by a channel down one side with a bunker on the dig leg corner. A long iron or short wood will put most golfers in a great spot for an approach to the smallish green ringed on one side with bunkers A good drive should see you hitting anything from a 7 iron to pitching wedge into the green.

Adittional information : 

Maffra Golf Club is known to have some of the best greens on the Gippsland side of Melbourne. Rv and caravan parking are available at the back of the club house for a small fee.

Weekly Competition days:

  • Wednesday Men
  • Members – $10      Visitors – $20
  • Thursday Ladies
  • Members – $8        Visitors – $15
  • Saturday Men & Ladies
  • Members – $10      Visitors – $20
  • Sunday Men & Ladies
  • Members – $8        Visitors – $15
  • Seniors Event
  • 1st Tuesday of the month
  • Members & Visitors – $8

Sale Golf Course

Where: Rosedale – Longford Road, Longford

Contact Details: / Phone: (03) 5149 7293

The Course: Sale Golf Club is a par 70 layout. You will find 4 par three’s, 2 par fives and 12 par fours to challenge you.

Par 3, 6th at Sale Golf Club
The 6th Hole Sale Golf Club
Golfing in Gippsland at Sale Golf Course
One of Gippsland Golfs finest

Standout Hole: The par 3 sixth hole measuring a healthy 167 meters off the back blocks provides a massive challenge for those that don’t hit it straight at the green. On the right side lies a deepish bunker not too far from that bunker lies an out of bounds fence. On the left-handed side, the hole falls away steeply into a grassy ravine. You will be able to play your ball from down there but it provides a challenging chip when you can’t see the flagstick.

Additional Information: If you are coming to the Sale Golf club from the Melbourne direction it is best to turn off at Rosedale on the Rosedale- Longford road which takes you straight past the course.

Weekly Competition Days:

  • Tuesday Ladies competition
  • Wednesday Mens competeion
  • Saturday Mens and Ladies competion
Where to stay in Sale

Bairnsdale Golf Course

Where: Paynesville Road, Eagle Point.

Contact Details: / Phone: 0351566252

The Course: Bairnsdale Golf club in East Gippsland is a par 71 course. You will find 4 par three’s, 11 par fours and 3 par 5 on this great Gippsland Golf Course.

Bairnsdale golf course
Bairnsdale Golf Course is a real challenge

Standout Hole: The best hole at Bairnsdale would have to be the par 5 13th hole. Measuring a gut-busting 503 meters long. A few things to know about this hole are that there is an out of bounds all the way along the right-hand side. If you can get a good drive away down the fairway your eyes will light up with the opportunity of reaching this hole in two. The last 200 odd meters falls down hill sharply. Protecting fairway and greenside bunkers lie waiting. More than one fool has been caught out going for glory here by putting the ball out of bounds after overswinging. A good birdie chance awaits those who set up the hole with a good second shot.

Additional Information: The course is also home to the Bairnsdale Bowls Club for those that like to go hunting for the jack aswell as the pin.

Weekly Competition Days:

  • Men: Thursday and Saturday
  • Ladies: Wednesday and Saturday
  • Mixed: Tuesday (18 holes and 9 holes) & Sunday
  • Ladies beginners golf over 9 Holes is held on Tuesdays

Where to stay near Bairnsdale Golf Course:

Lakes Entrance Golf Course

Where: 142 Golf Links Road Lakes Entrance Victoria 

Contact Details: / 03 5155 2832

The Course: The Lakes Entrace Golf Course is a par 72 course. It has a traditional layout of 4 par threes. 4 par fives and 10 par fours.

Standout Hole: This was hard there are just so many good holes at Lakes Entrance. For me, the standout hole is the 7th. Its a par 4 monster measuring 418 meters. It’s referred to locally as the Khyber Pass. You tee off from an elevated position with views of the ocean and the sounds of the waves crashing in. You will need to smash a big drive into a good position down the right-hand side to set up an approach shot. This is where the hole gets difficult. The hole narrows significantly with sand dunes on either side before opening back up around the green. A bad tee shot will require you to draw/hook or fade/slice your second shot into the green. A true test of your golfing skill awaits you here

Golf club waiting by the tee.
Getting ready to golf

Additional Information: Lakes Entrance is the furthermost course East we will feature. It runs alongside the 90 Mile Beach and was once the site of the original entrance where the sea meet the lakes at lakes Entrance

Weekly Competition Days:

  • Wednesday
  • Ladies Competition Day – As per Monthly Event Schedule
  • Thursday 
  • Men’s Competition Day – As per Monthly Event Schedule
  • Saturday
  • Men’s Competition Day – As per Monthly Event Schedule
  • Ladies Competition Day – As per Monthly Event Schedule
  • Sunday
  • First Sunday of each month will be scheduled a Medley 18 Hole Stableford event.

Places to stay in Lakes Entrance

Yarram Golf Club

Where: 42 Golf Links Road, Yarram, 3971

Contact details: Ph: 03 5182 5596

The course: Yarram Golf Course is an 18 hole par 72 course. The course is a sandbelt course set in bushland.

Standout Hole: The 10th at Yarram is a 453-meter par 5 downhill with a right angle dogleg right near the green. You tee off from an elevated position with out of bounds running all the way down the left. A good drive to a wide fairway will set you up for 3 things. An easy bar, a great birdie chance or a disaster. You can play this hole easy with a driver, mid iron and wedge for a par. You can also play this hole for an easy birdie with a driver mid-iron to the green. To do this you need to hit a blind second shot over the dog leg which contains a water dam. No guts no glory, with a good drive, go for the green here. With a bad drive put your second down to corner and fire at the pin with a wedge from 50-100 and hope to make par.

Additional Information: There are 4 caravan sites at the course for golfing nomads. Pull up, stay a few nights and play one of Australia’s premier volunteer-run courses.

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Visit Gippsland today for some of the best golf courses in Victoria. Gippsland Golf course will provide any level of golfer a real challenge. Why not make a Gippsland weekend of it and stay a night. You could easily play 2 of these courses over a weekend in Gippsland