Here are 10 Reasons to Visit Gippsland
Posted by Courtney Gallert on Monday, January 29, 2018
Gippsland. You’ve probably heard of it, maybe passed through on a road trip, but have you ever really paid it a proper visit?
There’s no excuse not to spend a night or even a week in Victoria’s Eastern region, as Gippsland provides something for everyone. From sprawling mountains in the Strzelecki Ranges to the crisp blue waters of Lakes Entrance, water lovers and land mammals alike can relax and enjoy all that Gippsland has to offer. While some parts of Gippsland can be reached in only a 90-minute drive from Melbourne and put travellers close to markets, town centres and local life, other towns and landscapes call for up to an, albeit stunningly scenic, three-hour car journey. This latter however, is surely to pique the interest of travellers wanting to experience their own remote slice of Gippsland's wilderness. It is out here where you can discover the undisturbed tranquility of this beautiful region, holing up in secluded cabins or eco-focused retreats, wandering quiet walking trails and doing nothing but admire the idyllic nature of your surroundings.
Read on to discover how to relax and reconnect, with our guide on what to do in Gippsland on your next Victorian getaway.
1. Peace and Quiet
Wake up at sunrise in silence, with only the sounds of birds outside. Traffic noise and the buzz of trains will be a distant memory once you’ve settled in. Gippsland also provides the perfect climate for meditation and yoga, with classes on offer from Bairnsdale in the East to Warragul in the West.
2. Notable Gippsland Wines
Gippsland is home to many of top-ranked wineries in Victoria, with Toms Cap Vineyard in Willung South and Narkoojee Winery in Glengarry at the top of the list. Enjoy a glass of Shiraz amongst Gippsland’s flora and fauna or get lost in expansive cellar doors. While you’re there, enjoy a meal at the on-site restaurants, and indulge in courses with matched wines.
3. Markets in Gippsland
Gippsland’s markets are full of great finds, with fresh produce and craft on offer at various gatherings across the region. Be sure to drop in at the Warragul Farmers Market—on the third Saturday of each month—to taste the organic honey from the Bunyip Beekeeper, as well as Cannibal Creek Bakehouse’s infamous wood-fired oven cooked sourdough. Treats for your furry friend can be found at the Traralgon Farmers Market—on the fourth Saturday of the month—with homemade dog snacks and accessories on offer. Both markets run on their respective Saturdays from 8am-1pm.
4. Nature Walks
Gippsland boasts a number of nature walks and bike tracks for the active traveller, and Tarra Bulga National Park is a must-see. Situated in Gippsland’s central region, rainforest-type scenery and thundering waterfalls make for the perfect picnic spot. Walks from the visitor centre vary in length, catering for all fitness levels.
Gippsland’s restaurant scene is worth travelling for, with an extensive range of cuisines across a wide expanse of locations. Incredible dishes can be located in all pockets of the region, including the award-winning Tinamba Hotel and Neilsons Kitchen. Also among some of Gippsland’s best restaurants is must-try Tinamba’s Gippsland Porterhouse, which is quite literally, from local paddock to plate.
6. Healthy Options
You may be on holiday, but that doesn’t mean you have to wave goodbye to your health goals! Gippsland provides a range of vegan and paleo food options for the health conscious holidaymaker. Gippsland also grinds coffee to rival that of Melbourne, with One Shot Double Shot in Traralgon serving a variety of speciality-roasted blends for the coffee connoisseur, and their layered acai bowl can’t be passed by.
7. Stunning Beaches
There are both popular and more secluded beaches in Gippsland, from tourist spots Phillip Island and Lakes Entrance on the Gippsland Lakes, to quieter swimming spots at Waratah Bay and Metung Beach. Bring your dog to Inverloch and Venus bay for pet-friendly options.
8. Festivals and Celebrations
There are a range of events and festivals held throughout the year in Gippsland, including the Meeniyan Garlic Festival and annual Opera by the Lakes. Be sure to try the divisive garlic ice cream at Meeniyan on 17 February, or relax and enjoy an evening of opera at the Nyerimilang Heritage Park on 18 March.
9. Kid-Friendly Activities
Gippsland provides many activities for kids. Grab a goat’s milk latte and pat the goats at Yarragon’s Gippy Goat café or for bigger kids visit Inverloch’s Indoor Splash Park. If you’re coming from Melbourne, stop by the newly renovated Gumbya World Adventure Park, affectionately known as the Disneyland of Victoria.
10. Romantic Getaways
Gippsland is the perfect destination for a romantic getaway. Take the peaceful drive to the Loves Lane Cottages in Dumbalk and enjoy the view with a glass of the region’s wine. If adventure is more your thing, check out Vivere Retreat in Neerim South. With a range of walks and picnic spots, couples can go swimming, fishing and cycling, before devouring the complimentary breakfast hamper.
If a lack of knowledge had been holding you back before, now you have no excuse not to check out all that Gippsland has to offer.
How to Get to Gippsland
With the start of Gippsland just a pleasant 90-minute drive from Melbourne’s CBD, many choose to travel by car. Take the Princes Highway to your desired location. Alternatively, V/Line offers hourly services from all Melbourne stations, which will get you to Traralgon in as little as two hours.
Where to Stay in Gippsland
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