Gippsland is vast and beautifully diverse. Stretching from east of Melbourne all the way to the NSW border, the ever-changing landscape embraces Australia’s largest inland waterway, the snow-capped peaks of the Victoria Alps, cascading waterfalls, and mountain rivers to deserted, pristine beaches and untouched wilderness.
At the southern tip of the Australian mainland you’ll find much-loved Wilsons Promontory, Victoria’s largest coastal wilderness. Here, against a stunning backdrop of Australian bush, walking tracks thread their way through shady fern gullies and eucalypt forest, turquoise waters lap secluded beaches, and the abundance of wildlife is nothing less than astonishing.
Gippsland is also home to the Gippsland Lakes, Australia’s largest inland waterway where magical sunsets paint the sky and waterfront villages offer up a bounty of fresh seafood.
A must-see on the drive between Melbourne and Sydney is the magnificent Croajingolong National Park. This naturalist’s paradise offers a rare glimpse into a place of such ecological significance that the park is listed as a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. With pristine beaches, rugged mountain valleys, lush rainforest and a staggering array of flora and fauna, Mother Nature was really upping the ante here.
Gippsland also has its own claim to the Victorian goldrush. The sleepy mountain-side town of Walhalla is a real hidden gem. Tucked into a deep valley, this picture-perfect town is frozen in time and a true testimony to the goldrush era.
- Buy the freshest seafood straight of the boat along the Esplanade at Lakes Entrance.
- Drive the Great Alpine Road, one of the finest driving routes in Victoria, if not Australia.
- Head out on the water and see the unique granite coastline of Wilsons Prom from a different perspective on a wilderness cruise.
- Learn Dreamtime stories and learn the ancient culture of the first inhabitants of the region.
- Explore the pristine wilderness of the Croajingolong National Park, and keep your eyes peeled for white bellied sea eagles.
- Get off the beaten track and discover the cool climate wines that are growing in reputation. There are more than 20 cellar doors open to visitors.
- Sit back and let the train take the strain with an historical ride back through time on the Walhalla Goldfields Railway.