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Begin your boating journey in Sale to explore the vast Gippsland Lakes and beyond. The Port of Sale – popular for its thriving cafe and restaurant scene – provides access to the entire lakes region, eventually connecting to the ocean at Lakes Entrance.

Western gateway

The historic Port of Sale first opened to shipping in 1890 as the westernmost port in the Gippsland Lakes. The cutting of the Sale canal in 1898 linked the town to the Thomson River and established Sale as a busy port for steamers. Its prosperity grew from nearby mountain gold rushes and its strategic location on the route between Port Albert and the gold diggings. It developed from being declared a borough in 1863, to a town in 1924, to finally a city in 1950. Latter day prosperity has stemmed from its proximity to the offshore oil and gas fields of Bass Strait.

Food, wine and art

Visitors can take time out to relax at the Port of Sale precinct with its selection of cafes and restaurants, or visit the renowned Gippsland Art Gallery-Sale. Sale is also home to the RAAF Roulettes aerobatic team, often seen training in the skies over the city.

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