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Gippsland

Scenic drives:

  • Gourmet Deli Country: Phillip Island - Drouin - Noojee - Trafalgar
  • Walhalla & Mountain Rivers Trail: Moe to Traralgon via Erica, Rawson, Walhalla & Tyers 80km, 1.8hrs
  • Grand Ridge Road: 134km 5-6hrs, some unsealed roads - south of Warragul to Tarra-Bulga National Park
  • Power Trail: 80min around Morwell
  • Wildlife Coast Nature Trail: 300km Sale - Yarram - Foster - Wilson's Prom
  • High Country Adventure: Warragul - Piedmont - Mt Baw Baw - Moe - Traralgon - Walhalla - Traralgon - Heyfield - Maffra
  • Gippsland Lakes
  • Cape Conran Coastal Drive
  • Snowy River Country Trail

Rail trails:

  • old railway lines converted for use by walkers or cyclists
  • Bruthen
  • Stony Creek Bridge
  • Erica to Thomson
  • Kilcunda trestle bridge
  • Boolarra to Mirboo Nth
  • Great Southern Rail Trail - Leongatha
  • coastal from Anderson to Wonthaggi

West:

Westernport Bay:

Bass coast

  • Eastern Westernport Bay:
    • Lang Lang Bell Park 120ha sand heathland (EVC6), lots of birds, great views of Westernport Bay from sandy rises
    • Lang Lang (Adams Creek) Nature Conservation Reserve via Hookers Rd - sand heathland (EVC6), interesting grasses and rushes
    • The Gurdies Nature Conservation Reserve
      • 260ha sand heathland (EVC6) with many orchids and autumn fungi
      • take Dunbabbin Rd
    • Grantville Nature Conservation Reserve
      • 6km circuit walk through sand heathland (EVC6)
      • impacted by bushfire Jan 2019
    • Tenby Point - pleasant walk to beach to a stand of muttonwood trees near the steps down to the beach
    • Corinella Bushland Reserve and cemetery
      • remnant native vegetation, Damp Forest (EVC29), orchids, fungi
    • Settlement Point, Corinella - kangaroo grass, lilies, orchids
  • Kilcunda
    • Powlett River camp
    • Kilcunda - Harmers Haven Coastal Reserve - rock pools
  • Wonthaggi
    • historic Wonthaggi State Coal Mine and wetlands
    • Wonthaggi Bushland Reserve - circuitous track through paperbark swamps, heaths and eucalypts, good birdwatching site
    • Tank Hill - the original site for fresh water source via a spring, high on a sandhill with views north and south, paperbark swamp, scrambling coral fern to south, heathland on ridge, a stand of narrow-leaf peppermints
    • Wonthaggi Heathland Nature Conservation Reserve
      • 811ha coastal heathland and paperbark swamps, great for birds
      • tracks to Rifle Range wetlands, Harmers Haven and Cutlers Beach
    • Wonthaggi Rifle Range Wetlands
      • 208ha includes a large shallow wetland and frog bog
      • take Cameron St to Reed Cres
    • Wonthaggi Baxters Wetlands
      • high dunes, ephemeral wetlands and swamps (EVC74)
      • via corner of Campbell St and Chisholms Rd
  • Cape Paterson
    • rock pool beaches
    • surf beach
  • Inverloch
    • Eagles Nest coastal rock formation
    • The Caves coastal rock formation
    • Dinosaur cove
    • Inverloch - Tidal River ~1hr 20min drive via Fish Creek
    • Ayr Creek walk on west of town
    • Screw Creek and Townsend Bluff on east side of town - mangroves, saltmarsh, remnant woodland, birds
    • Thompson Reserve north of town Lowland Forest (EVC16) and Wet Heathland (EVC8) - frogs, 30min walk
    • Pound Creek Reserve - half way to Tarwin Lower, small reserve lots of birds
  • Kongwak Pioneer Reserve
    • 40ha on a small conical hill with one of the last remaining stands of Messmate south of Korumburra
    • Lowland Forest (EVC16) on the north Cool Temperate Rainforest (EVC31) on the west and Damp Forest (EVC29) on the SE
    • path starts above the tennis courts
  • Outtrim Nature Conservation Reserve
    • at the end of the Leongatha South-Outtrim Rd where it intersects with Inverloch Rd
    • Damp Forest (EVC29), good for birds and orchids
    • also the nearby 4ha Outtrim Cemetery Flora Reserve has some magnificent old Eucalypts
  • Middle Tarwin
    • Middle Tarwin Drumdlemara Nature Conservation Reserve
      • 30ha wet heathland (EVC8) with gravel pits filled with water
  • Koonwarra Bushland Reserve
    • 11.5ha Shrubby Foothill Forest (EVC45) with Messmates, Ruddy Ground Fern, Poison Pratia and orchids and a small fern gully
  • Tarwin Lower river fishing
    • Tarwin Lower cemetery - Strzeleckis Herb-rich Foothill Forest (EVC23), birds, echidnas, good views
    • Tarwin Lower Reserve - small reserve rich in orchids and birds but a bit swampy in parts
  • Venus Bay
    • Anderson's Inlet
    • Point Smythe coastal forest walk
    • Ocean beaches, pippies
  • Cape Liptrap coastal park
    • Five Milk Road remote beach camp - walk in, no facilities
    • Kings Flat Nature Conservation Reserve
      • 81ha, wet heathland (EVC8) for 500m then mixed with Lowland Forest (EVC16), good for birds, etc
    • Bear Gully camp
  • Walkerville
    • lime kilns
    • Waratah Bay

South Gippsland Hwy to Prom country

  • Nyora-Lang Lang-Poowong area
    • Wuchatsch Reserve
      • 14ha north of MacDonald's Track between Nyora and Lang Lang
      • Damp Forest (EVC29)
      • from Nyora, cross the railway line to the north, proceed west towards Lang ang for 3km, turn right into Forest Drive for 700m, reserve is on the left with roadside parking only. Follow fire track for 300m then walk down to the gully.
    • Nyora - Railway Dam Nature Conservation Reserve (Henry Littledyke Reserve)
      • 23ha that has never been cleared
      • take the Poowong-Nyora Rd, 6km from Poowong or 8km from Nyora
  • Mount Worth State Park
  • Korumburra
    • Korumburra Public Park
      • 8ha including remnants of native bushland and ornamental trees planted 1910-1915
    • Korumburra - Cal Creek Streamside Reserve (Ritchie Reserve)
      • 6ha Manna Gum, Blue Gum, tall tree ferns, remnants of skip and sled tracks and disused mine shafts
      • 2km past timber yard signposted Ritchie Reserve
  • Leongatha
    • Leongatha North - Hamann's Bush
      • 20ha relic of the past thick, dense forest Wt Forest (EVC30); marvelous fungi in season; short, pleasant 30min return walk;
      • 7km north, take the road to Mirboo North then at the Recreation Reserve proceed as Wild Dog Valley Rd, to the cnr of Leongatha North and Wild Dog Valley Rds
    • Great Southern Rail Trail
      • 39km trail from Leongatha - Koonwarra - Meeniyan - Foster (will be extended to a 93km trail in total finishing at Yarram)
  • Mirboo North
    • Baths Reserve
      • small reserve with walking tracks opposite the Old Shire Hall
    • Mirboo Regional Park - Dickies Hill
      • 20ha scenic reserve, gullies, creeks, tall stands of mountain ash and mountain grey gum typical of Strzeleckis Warm Temperate Rainforest (EVC32), there is a lookout and fire tower
      • turn west on Grand Ridge Rd from Strzelecki Hwy 3km south of Mirboo Nth, road immediately forks north to Dickies Hill
    • Mirboo Regional Park - Hallston Bush
      • Strzeleckis Warm Temperate Rainforest (EVC32) with lyrebirds, orchids, fungi
      • dry weather road only as slippery red soils
    • Mirboo Regional Park - Lyrebird Walk
      • 3km north of Mirboo Nth on the Strzelecki Hwy
      • 1hr 15min pleasant loop walk
    • Mirboo Nth - Boolarra Rail Trail
      • 3hr 13km walk one way from behind Grand Ridge Brewery to Railway Park near the Old Pub in Boolarra
  • Waratah Bay
    • Sandy Point
  • Fish Creek
  • Yanakie
    • Tidal River

Latrobe Valley

  • Moe
  • Morwell
  • Traralgon
  • Walhalla
  • Mt Baw Baw

Licola region

  • Glenmaggie
  • Licola
  • Howitt Plains
    • Macalister Springs camp ground
  • Avon Wilderness

Wellington district

Princes Highway route to Sydney:

  • Drouin:
    • bypassed by Freeway; pop. 4500; 97km from Melbourne;
    • turn off to Mt Baw Baw snowfields before reaching Drouin
  • Warragul:
    • pop 9000; 103km east of Melbourne
  • Yarragon:
    • pop. 700; 115km from Melbourne; Yarragon website
    • initially known as Waterloo, once a booming timber industry & swampland, and survives despite devastating floods in 1934 and the Black Friday bushfires in 1939.
  • Trafalgar:
    • pretty town on the Freeway nestled at foot of Strzelecki Ranges 121km from Melbourne; pop 2200;
    • fruits, berries, gourmet jams, olives, smoked meats; breads
    • Battle of Trafalgar Festival in October
  • Moe:
    • bypassed by Freeway; 134km from Melbourne; pop. 16300;
    • Gippsland Heritage Park - 1840-50's village
    • Yallourn North:
      • pop 1200; 10km northeast of Moe;
      • site of the discovery of Gippsland's brown coal in 1889
      • Old Brown Coal Mine Museum
  • Morwell:
    • last town bypassed by Freeway which then ends; pop. 14700; 150km from Melbourne;
    • PowerWorks tours of open cut coal mine & power plants which generate 80% of Victoria's power;
    • Morwell National Park - unique area of remnant forest in northern foothills of Strzelecki Ranges;
  • Traralgon:
    • pop 19000; 164km from Melbourne;
    • Yallourn coal power stations
    • Tarra-Bulga National Park to the south 
      • within the Strzelecki Mountain Range, this tiny pocket of untainted, timeless, rain forest is all that remains of a once magnificent forest of treefern & thousand year old myrtle beech, towering mountain ash that once covered the entire range.
      • short walks to a suspension bridge & Cyathea waterfall
      • very good picnicking facilities
    • Tyers:
      • rural town with pop. 270, 10km north of Traralgon
      • Wirilda Environmental Park
      • Moondarra Reservoir
      • Peterson's Lookout over Tyers River Gorge
      • Tyer's art show each November
      • route to Walhalla historic township (48km north of Traralgon)
    • Heyfield:
      • pop 1600; 42km northeast of Traralgon;
      • largest hardwood sawmill in southern hemisphere;
      • nearby Glenmaggie Weir
  • Sale:
    • pop. 14,000; 20min from surf of the 90 mile beach; 40min from the High Country; 212km from Melbourne;
    • has more clear days, cooler nights and a little less rainfall than Melbourne
    • popular petrol stop en route back from Merimbula;
    • settled after explorer Strzelecki passed through in 1840
    • Sale grew on the back of the gold rush in Omeo, Stringers Creek & Crooked River in the 19thC, becoming established as a busy port for steamers to Port Albert when the cutting of the Sale Canal in 1888 linked the Thomson River, and during the 1880's the swing bridge operated 20 times a day to allow larger vessels to dock in the heart of Sale.
    • Sale Powder Magazine built in 1864 to store explosive powders used in the gold industry is now restored.
    • It became Gippsland's 1st city in 1950;
    • it is a transfer base for the off-shore oil rigs in Bass Strait & the home of the RAAF air base;
    • Lake Wellington & Gippsland lakes to its east
    • Holey Plains State Park to the south-west - camping & picnic facilities
    • Omega Navigation Facility - massive 427m tower - one of eight in the world which link up to provide world-wide communications system for navigation
  • Stratford on Avon:
    • small town on the Avon River with a Shakespearean theme & annual festival in April
    • pop 1300; 228km from Melbourne; 
  • Bairnsdale:
    • gateway to Paynesville, Metung, Lakes Entrance and the Gippsland Lakes and the infamous Bairnsdale ulcer endemic mycobacterial infection
    • usually a good spot to get relatively cheap petrol en route to Merimbula as it costs more further east
    • if travelling further east, can take the Omeo Hway to Bruthen then rejoin Princes Hway at Nowa Nowa and thus bypass the busy section through Lakes Entrance. This also is the route to the Buchan limestone caves.
    • accommodation:
  • Orbost:
  • Cann River:
    • good spot for toilet stop & light meal en route to Merimbula; forest logging region
    • can take remote turn off north along the Cann Valley to Bombala in NSW
    • a central spot to access the Croajingalong National Park to the south and east
    • accommodation:
      • three 2-3 star motels on the highway
  • Genoa:
    • highway from Cann River to Genoa has no overtaking lanes and overtaking may not be possible, one should assume an average speed of 85-90kph is likely here as caravans can be a problem
    • remote camping, fishing, bushwalking destination and turn off to Mallacoota and the eastern part of the Croajingalong National Park
  • then to the very popular fishing/surf resort town of Merimbula which is some 580km (6hr drive off-peak) from Pakenham on Melbourne's outskirts (1hr in light traffic from Tullamarine airport) and the Sapphire Coast in NSW

North:

  • Mt Baw Baw & Baw Baw National Park:
    • closest downhill snow fields to Melbourne 160km or 2.5hrs
    • access via either:
      • turn off on Princes Hway before Drouin
      • Warburton Hway & turn off at Yarra Junction, then to Powelltown then Noojee
      • from Traralgon or Moe
    • Mt Baw Baw website or phone resort management ph: 5165 1136 or Vic Snow Report on 1902 240 523
    • road conditions ph: 1300 651 136
    • stop for coffee or snow chain hire at either Noojee, Tanjil Bren or Icy Creek
    • parking ($26/day?) is next to the toboggan slopes & the village and over-snow transport is not required
    • luggage is transported to accommodation by snow machine
    • the ski/snowboard slopes are a short walk from the car park
    • Noojee:
      • pop. 140; 40km north of Warragul near banks of the Latrobe River; Festival in Forest in Feb;
      • historic Noojee trestle bridge:
        • in use 1919 - 1954 when the line to Warragul was closed
      • Toorongo Falls (1.8km 1hr round walk) and Ampitheatre Falls
  • Walhalla & Thomson River:
    • historic gold mining region
    • Long Tunnel Extended Mine tours - one of Vic's richest gold mines - 13.7 tonnes of gold from only 8.5km of tunnel -  mine closed in 1911.
    • steam train to view the spectacular scenery as it winds from Thomson Station
    • accommodation:
  • Macalister River & Lake Glenmaggie:
    • trout fishing
    • township of Glenmaggie was flooded in 1920's to form Lake Glenmaggie
    • Avon Mt Hedrick scenic area - 5700ha reserve for bushwalking, horse-riding, fishing, etc
    • alpine road to:
      • Avon Wilderness Park
      • Licola - former milling town, camping/accommodation, superb sub-alpine scenery; 
        • Lake Tali Karng - popular walking destination since 1880's; this 'hidden' lake was formed 1500yrs ago by an enormous landslide in the Valley of Destruction. It is the only permanent deep highland lake not formed by glacial or volcanic processes.
        • Alpine National Park:
          • once there by road, a 7.5km return walk to Bryces Gorge & waterfalls
          • Howitt Plains, Mt Howitt and Macalister Springs walk in camp site then hike across the Crosscut Saw
      • thence to Jamiesson near Lake Eildon
  • Dargo High Plains:
    • Stratford on the Avon River - gemstone hunting, trout fishing, gold fossicking 
      • Maffra
      • Boisdale
    • Briagolong / Wombat Valley - B&B's 
    • the Blue Pool swimming hole & old gold mine
    • Mitchell River National park
    • Dargo - fishing, bushwalking, horse rides
      • accommodation:
        • Dargo Miners Cottage 2BR, wood fire; close to river; pets welcome; ph: 03 5140 1219
        • high country rustic farm property 1BR, mag. views; pets OK; ph: 5140 1322
    • unsealed summer only road across the Dargo High Plains to Mt Hotham & Bright
    • Dargo High Plains are 1200-1500m above sea level & was 1st crossed by miners travelling to the gold diggings, and when mining stopped in the early 1900's, the area was used for cattle grazing in summer.
    • Spring is the best time to explore as wildflowers are in bloom & views are particularly clear.
  • Snowy River Country Trail:
      • a looping 284km trail from Marlo, through Orbost and Buchan then to Wulgulmerang 56km north of Buchan,  and back via McKillop's Bridge, Tubut, Bonang and Goongerah
    • plenty of opportunities for adventure with horse riding, white water rafting, canoeing, fishing, 4WD and tours of the limestone caves at Buchan
    • many side trips including:
      • 70km round trip to Raymond Creek Falls in the Snowy River National Park just east of Buchan - 20-30min walking trail to the falls where there is a 20m fall into a deep clear pool.
      • Buchan Caves
      • Suggan Buggan near the NSW border via the Snowy River Rd from Wulgulmerang
      • Little River Gorge is Victoria's deepest gorge and has a cliff-top lookout downstream from the Little River Falls which are 600m high!
      • Errinundra National Park:
        • the largest remaining stand of cool temperate rainforest in Victoria as well as an ancient tall wet eucalypt forest.
        • turn off between Bonang & Goongerah, some 90km north of Orbost
      • Martins Creek Flora Reserve where the warm temperature rainforest is rich with mosses, ferns & vines.  

South:

  • a little history
    • 1826 - Capt William Hovell finds coal at Cape Paterson and Harmer's Haven, this coal was used by Samuel Anderson when he settled on Westernport in 1830, and small mining operations followed in 1840
    • 1840 - Samuel Anderson discovers Andersons Inlet and a “big river” at Inverloch, which was soon surveyed by Thomas Scott Townsend and then the Smythe brothers who surveyed the coast and inland from Cape Paterson to Cape Liptrap.
    • 1840 - Gippsland explorers, Paul Strzelecki and Angus McMillan, pass through the Sale region
    • 1841 - 1st settlers in Port Albert which became the main port and administrative centre for Gippsland, an important cargo port for Melbourne and Van Dieman's Land and thrived during the gold rush being the main port for access to the Dargo gold fields region, but the introduction of the railway greatly adversely impacted the port's importance which would result in a decline of the town from the 1880's.
    • 1844 - 1st settler in Sale arrived - Archibald McIntosh who established his 'Flooding Creek' property
    • 1850. 1st town plots sold in Sale which was gazetted and named Sale in 1851 and soon benefited from the 1850's gold rush to Omeo
    • 1852, a workable coal seam was discovered in Wonthaggi and the Victorian Coal Company was established but the mine was soon closed due to transport difficulties
    • 1863 - the Amazon was shiprecked near Harmers Haven at a location now called Wreck Beach
    • 1865, the 1st reasonable road from Melbourne to Sale was created, and Cobb and Co established a rough-and-ready 24-hour coach service linking Melbourne and Sale
    • 1870 - Land Act of 1869 paved the way for land selection in the Inverloch region and a large part of the town was built on subdivisions taken up in 1874 and 1883.
    • 1878 - children's book author, Mary Grant Bruce born in Sale
    • 1879 - railway station built in Sale leading to development of a port in Sale to access the Gippsland Lakes
    • 1887 - HM Prison Sale built in Sale and operated for 110yrs
    • 1890's: coal mines opening in Korumburra, Outrim and Jumbunna saw the beginning of Inverloch developing as a seaside holiday resort
    • 1901 - the Artisan was wrecked at Wreck Beach
    • 1909 - the State Coal Mine at Powlett Coalfields opened after a miners' strike in NSW starved Victoria's railway and coal industries. The coal was taken to Inverloch by bullock teams then shipped to Melbourne. Initially a temporary tent town it soon was established as Wonthaggi and a reservoir was built. The Nyora-Wonthaggi railway was extended 22km to Wonthaggi and built in just 10 weeks with the 1st steam train arriving in 1910. Much of the town was burnt down in a fire in 1911. A Queen Anne style railway station was built in 1912. In 1915, the State Coal Mine was the 1st mine in the Southern Hemisphere to be electrified, and the Wonthaggi Hotel opened. Rail cars were introduced in 1951 and the last passenger steam train ran in 1961 while the last goods steam train ran in 1965. The State Coal Mine at Wonthaggi closed in 1968 (re-opened as a tourist attraction in 1982) and the railway de-commissioned in 1977.
    • 1991: Bunurong Marine Park established to protect the flora and fauna and 100 years after the 1st dinosaur bone was discovered, annual university digs for dinosaur fossils at The Caves begin.
  • Korumburra:
    • Coal Creek Tourist Park
  • Wonthaggi / Cape Patterson:
  • Inverloch:
    • increasingly popular family beach
  • Venus Bay:
    • alternative surf beach destination, lots of kangaroos along Lees Rd
  • Cape Liptrap coastal park
    • Five Mile Road remote beach camp - walk in only, no facilities but motorbikes can be problematic  
    • Bear Gully camp ground - near Walkerville (east of Cape Liptrap lighthouse and more sheltered from SW winds) book online, drop toilet, fireplaces
  • Walkerville:
    • situated on a south-east aspect ocean bay overlooking Wilson's Prom with nice beaches & historic lime kiln sites
  • Wilson's Promontory:
  • Foster:
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  • Port Albert:
    • the original gateway to Gippsland during the gold rush
    • fishing town
    • there is a wonderful cafe opposite the maritime museum - food is worth driving 1-2hrs for!
  • 90 mile beach:
  • Paynesville:
  • Metung:
    • Metung is a quiet lakeside fishing village on a narrow peninsula to the west of Lakes Entrance, situated on the north shore of Lake King
    • can watch sunset or sunrise over the water from here
    • accommodation:
  • Lakes Entrance:
  • Lake Tyers:
    • Lake Tyers is a coastal town on an estuary some 11km to the east of lakes Entrance
    • accommodation:
      • The Lakes Beachfront Holiday Retreat ph: 5156 5582

East:

  • Bruthen:
    • on the Omeo Hway (which continues north to Omeo) and the Tambo River
    • a popular shortcut to bypass Lakes Entrance as well as the route to Buchan
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  • Buchan:
    • between Lakes Entrance and Orbost and approx. 50km north of highway , take the Bruthen route & then the turn off before Nowa Nowa
    • Buchan Caves:
      • limestone caves from limestone belt deposited 350-400 million years ago
      • daily tours except Xmas Day; ph: 13 1963
    • road then roughly follows the Snowy River & the Snowy River National Park northwards to the Snowy Mountains in NSW and Jindabyne and forms the Snowy River Country Trail 
    • accommodation:
      • Buchan Valley Log Cabins - 2 cottages with panoramic views, tennis, adjacent Buchan Caves ph: 5155 9494
      • Buchan Caves - campground & log cabins ph: 13 1963
      • Buchan Motel - 7 acres; spectacular views; ph: 5155 9201
  • see Orbost region - Cape Conran, Snowy River, and Errinundra for details on the Orbost region
  • see Cann River region - Croajingalong NP for details on the Cann River region
  • see Mallacoota and Croajingalong NP for details on the Mallacoota region
australia/vic/gippsland.txt · Last modified: 2019/03/10 04:15 by gary1