As you drive through Morwell on the old Princes Highway just past McDonald’s going one way or just past Mid Valley Shopping Centre Morwell the other way is Lake Kernot. Lake Kernot is home to Kernot Hall and the Gippsland Immigration Park and Heritage Walk. Kernot Lake (Morwell Lake) is a focal point of things to do in Morwell and a community area for citizens and visitors to the area.
The Gippsland Immigration Park pays homage to all the immigrants that now call Gippsland home. The majority of people calling Gippsland home were born in Australia. Today’s figures show only 5.6 per cent of the population were born in one of the main non-English speaking countries and 4.5 per cent of the population only speak a Language other than English at home.
The park is a great spot for family gatherings and days out. There are two covered BBQ areas with electric barbeques and picnic tables for seating. Green grass for kids to play on trees and trees to shelter under. There is a children’s playground to keep the kids entertained. The Morwell Lake is stocked with fish a few times every year. It is a great place to introduce the kids to a fish or two. Toilets are available a short walk away at Kernot Hall.
The Immigration memorial consists of 7 walls that display the history of immigration into Gippsland in images and writing. The walls are depicted using four themes – ‘Departing / Arriving, Settling, Working, Achieving’. They feature images and names of the families who arrived in Gippsland. These walls sit in front of a deck sits on the edge of the lake that was designed to look like an arrivals port where the migrants arrived.
The Gippsland Heritage Walk is made up of 72 panels tracing the history of Gippsland. The walk starts adjacent to the Gippsland Immigration Wall of Recognition.
The 72 panels will educate you about Gunaikurnai history, Coming to Gippsland, Settling In, Energy(electricity, gas, oil), Life in Gippsland, Government, Rule of Law, Transport, War Time, Educating Gippsland, Serving Gippsland (emergency services) and Gippsland Community (immigrants, early sport, population, government towns).
The beginning and end are marked by two large archways. I can tell you its an educational experience even for someone who has lived in Gippsland their whole life. Kernot Lake provides some great things to do in Gippsland. It’s well worth turning off the Princes Highway and exploring Heritage Walk and Immigration Memorial in Morwell. On a nice day, the sun dances off the calm waters of the lake which provides a picturesque backdrop to this Gippsland attraction.
Melbourne to Morwell is 153 kilometres and Traralgon to Morwell is 10 kilometres.
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