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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

  • Kilcunda
    • Powlett River camp
  • Wonthaggi
  • Cape Paterson
  • Inverloch
  • Tarwin Lower
  • Venus Bay
    • Anderson's Inlet
  • Cape Liptrap coastal park
    • Five Milk Road remote beach camp - walk in, no facilities
    • Bear Gully camp
  • Walkerville
    • lime kilns
    • Waratah Bay

Prom country

  • Korumburra
  • Leongatha
  • Waratah Bay
    • Sandy Point
  • Fish Creek
  • Yanakie
  • Wilsons Promontory
    • 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

  • Foster
  • Port Welshpool
    • Agnes Falls
  • Port Albert
  • Yarram
  • Tarra Valley
  • Sale
  • Maffra
    • north to Briagolong, Dargo alpine region

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;
    • 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:
    • 380km from Melbourne bypassed by highway; forest logging region
    • can take remote turn off north along the Bonang Hway to join the Monaro Hway in NSW and travel to Bombala (unsealed)
    • can take the Snowy River Country Trail north into the alpine region
    • approx. 14km to the mouth of the Snowy River and Marlo and then along the coast to Cape Conran
    • turn off southwards 23km to a lovely little town called Bemm River on the Sydenham Inlet
    • accommodation:
  • 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 Delegate and then to Bombala in NSW (unsealed)
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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
  • 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
  • Corringle Slips and beach
    • 18km south of Newmerella petrol station on Princes Hway (just before Orbost)
    • a nice camping site on the shores of the estuary - bring a canoe or small boat
    • a brief but steep walk over sand dunes to a pristine, remote, very long surf beach where you can mainly catch Australian salmon and tailor if the crabs don't get to your bait first. Ocean beach is NOT safe for swimming.
    • March flies do not appear to be an issue
    • untreated water available although need to bring your own drinking water
    • there are dump toilets and campsites have camp fire facilities (byo wood) - no showers or electricity available
  • Errinundra Plateau NP
  • Marlo:
    • coastal town at the inlet of the Snowy River 14km south of h'way just past Orbost
    • accommodation:
      • AA Homes - large waterfront house, great view & fishing
      • Tabbara Lodge apartment - bbq, pool, hot spa ph: 5154 8231
      • Marlo Caravan Park & Motel ph: 5154 8226
      • Marlo Ocean Views Caravan & Camping Park ph: 5154 8268
      • Cape Conran (18km east of Marlo; stunning beaches; many beach-side camping sites; nearby Yeerung River fishing and lovely beach but March flies in summer)
        • Cape Conran cabins, camping -  ph: 5154 8438
  • Bemm River:
    • small bayside town on the Sydenham Inlet, 23km southeast of the Princes Hway between Orbost & Cann River
    • Bemm River Holiday Lodge & Boat Hire - email: bemmriverholidaylodge@net-tech.com.au
  • Croajingalong National Park:
    • a spectacular coastal rainforest running from the Sydenham Inlet to Cape Howe
    • listed since 1977 as a World Biosphere Reserve.
    • best of the park:
      • Tamboon Inlet of the Cann River - boating, swimming, camping, bird-watching
      • Thurra River:
        • Dunes Walk - 2nd highest sand dunes in southern hemisphere rising 150m
        • Mt Everard Lookout
        • Thurra River camping ground
        • Point Hicks Lighthouse - 50min from Cann River; remote lighthouse & camping ground, accommodation ph: 51584268
      • Wingan Inlet:
        • best suits campers with small estuary boats
        • lots of skinks, large goannas in the camp sites, and as for most places, be on the lookout for snakes when walking
        • Lake Elusive Walk - tranquil spot with orchids & dazzling wild flowers in spring & summer
        • Wingan Rapids Walk - a delightfully cool spot on a hot summer's day
        • Wingan Nature Walk - easy walk includes boardwalks through changing vegetation & birdlife as you approach the sea to Fly Cove (yes there are March flies in summer) and beach walk along to smooth granite boulders on the headlands and viws to the boulder rocks that make up The Skerries - home to a colony of fur seals
      • Genoa Peak:
        • 490m above sea level
  • Mallacoota:
    • 22km south from Genoa & sited at the ocean outlet of the Genoa River
    • approx. 6-7hr drive from Melbourne excluding breaks in off-peak periods.
    • surrounded by the Croajingalong National Park
    • not far from Cape Howe, the most easterly part of Victoria and Gabo Island
    • Easter: Festival of the Southern Ocean and Iron Man event
    • a major destination for the hoards of Grey Nomads off-season from Feb onwards and should be high on the list for tourists in off peak season
    • Mallacoota Inlet
      • a great spot for those with boats for estuary boating and fishing or families to enjoy the beach
      • does not appear to be troubled by March flies in summer
    • Betka Beach
      • one of Australia's nicest beaches with estuary swimming for the kids, interesting rock formations along a long stretch of beach
      • does not appear to be troubled by March flies in summer and has good picnic and toilet facilities
    • Quarry Beach
      • not for swimming, reknown for bronze whaler sharks, but has a unique multicoloured layered mudstone rock formation
    • Secret Beach
      • said to be a good spot to fish for gummy sharks at high tide on a full moon at night
    • Shipwreck beach:
      • gravel road from Mallacoota
      • remote sandy beaches amongst interesting rock formations, heathlands and inland, cool eucalypt forests
      • March flies in summer - wear clothes covering arms and legs!
    • accommodation:
      • Banksia Mudbrick holiday flats ph: 5158 0044
      • Adobe mudbrick flats 1-3BR, 78acres rainforest; panoramic views lake, ocean, mountains; wood fire; birds
      • Melaleuca Grove 2BR units ph: 5158 0407
      • Mallacoota houseboats 6 berth; ph: 5158 0775 9am-6pm M-F
      • Blue Waters 4x1BR cottages; lake views; private deck; bbq; ph: 5158 0261
      • Karbeethong Lodge - 11BR historic guest house on waterfront with spectacular views. ph: 5158 0411
      • Mallacoota Hotel Motel - 20 units; ph: 5158 0455
      • Mallacoota Motor Inn - ph: 5158 0544
      • Shady Gully Caravan Park - cabins, pool; ph: 5158 0362
      • Mallacoota Foreshore Holiday Park - massive park on 70 acres; onsite vans; 600 camp sites; mooring sites; 250m to town; access to estuary and ocean beaches (you will need to wade through water to get to it) ph: 5158 0300
      • A'Wangralea Caravan Park - cabins; ph: 5158 0222
      • Grevillea Grove Apartments - 1-2BR; ph: 5158 0223
      • Gipsy Point inland from Mallacoota on the Genoa River before it becomes estuary lakes:

Far East Gippsland Back Road Tours

  • the “back” roads are REMOTE with only intermittent mobile phone coverage, assume no internet, and there may be poor satellite phone coverage, check ParksVic for road closures, BOM for weather forecast and river conditions, and Emergency Vic for fires before departure
  • these roads are generally NOT suitable for caravans, trailers or 2WD vehicles
  • bring an EPIRB, especially if bushwalking - snakebites and disabling injuries may make it life threatening
  • bring plenty of water, or make the local water potable by the usual methods, etc
  • open fires may not be permitted

Buchan to Bendoc via MacKillops Bridge

  • the Google default 2WD route (highlighted in the map above) is to go back down to Orbost as this gives a 3hr trip, the alternate default route via MacKillops Bridge is 4hrs 192km but is not suitable for caravans or trailers as the Little River Gorge section is very steep and narrow
  • AWD and “easy” 4WD scenic route
    • according to Google, this turns the trip into around 6hrs and 236km hence you will probably want to camp somewhere on the Deddick River because you will want to do the additional walks
    • it combines part of “The Mighty Snowy Drive” with the “Bendoc Historic Loop Drive” with the potential to start by camping near Buchan at Buchan Caves or at Balley Hooley, and optionally, it could start with part of the “Stringers Knob Mottle Range Drive” see below
    • instead of leaving Buchan via the quicker Gelantipy Rd, go east to Basin Rd then the Tulloch Ard Rd which will take you to Basin Creek Falls, Ash Saddle Walk and between the Tulloch Ard State Forest and Snowy River NP before again joining Gelantipy Rd to Little River Falls camp area and the steep descent to Little River Gorge then to MacKillops Bridge camp areas
    • then head to Ambyne Suspension Bridge following the Deddick River down through Tubbut, Cabanandra, Bonang and then to The Gap Scenic Reserve and the Old Growth Forest Walk in Errinundra NP
    • then head north towards Bendoc, but take the left turn on Playgrounds Rd to take you to Delegate River Tunnel Picnic Area (old gold mining river diversion tunnel), then back into Bendoc

Stringers Knobb - Mottle Range

  • 81km easy half day
  • 2WD in dry weather only; easy 4WD;
  • start at Orbost's Forest Park carpark, head along Princes Hwy, turn left at Orbost-Buchan viewing the longest rail trestle bridge in Victoria used 1916-1987), follow signs to Buchan, turn left at Monument Track and head to Stringers Knob Historic Fire Tower then return back to Mottle Range Flora Reserve (the only known naturally occurring stand of E.maculata - spotted gum in Victoria)
  • optional 7.5km side trip to Long Point Camping Ground but steep descent requiring higf clearance

Waratah Loop

  • 242km 4WD only with high clearance and experience, mod. esp. Varney's Track into Jacksons Crossing camp
  • start from Orbost
  • Woods Point camp ground on the Snowy River
  • Raymond Creek Falls camp ground and walk 400m - 20m drop into a lovely pool
  • Hick's campsite
  • Young's Creek picnic ground

Murrungowar Forest Drive

  • 31km easy half day
  • 2WD in dry weather only; easy 4WD;
  • start at Murrungowar picnic ground 17km east of Orbost head to Old Growth Banksia woodland then Murrungowar Settlement then Blue Gum Planatation, then to Little cabbage Tree Falls picnic area

Murrungowar - Erinundra Loop

  • 132km easy 4WD/AWD but some tracks are narrow, rocky and have slippery sections (not 2WD), full day
  • start at Murrungowar Rd head to Glen Arte Flora Reserve (warm and cool temperate rainforests), continue to Timber Fallers Hut then to Arte River Falls then to Mt Jack (helipad) Lookout then to Mt Ellery Walk (difficult, steep 4km, 2hr return walk but gives views from granite tors), then to Ocean View Lookout (views over Goolengook old growth forest), then to Mt Morris picnic area then Ada River camp ground, then to Lind NP and onto Euchre Valley Nature Drive and Growlers Picnic Area then head back to either Orbost or Cann River

Combienbar - East Errinundra

  • 111km, full day, 4WD only - high clearance and experience required, Tennyson Tk is steep, rocky and slippery
  • Three Sisters Lookout
  • Tennyson campsite

Bendoc Historic gold mining Loop Drive

  • 73km, half day, 4WD/AWD only but easy
  • start at The Gap Scenic Reserve on Bonang Rd, follow Gap Rd to Delegate River Tunnel picnic area, return to Bonang-Bendoc Rd and head to Bendoc Historic Park then to Wilsons Hut (a rare surviving timber slab hut)

The Mighty Snowy and McKillops Bridge

  • 229km, full day, 4WD/AWD only but easy
  • the descent beyond Little River Gorge into McKillops Bridge is one of Victoria's most precarious roads, unsuitable for trailers or caravans
  • start at Orbost-Buchan Rd at intersection with Monument Track (see Stringers Knob drive above)
  • turn onto Basin Rd and head to Balley Hooley then to Basin Creek Falls (great views and walk to falls), then to Ash Saddle Walking track and picnic area (750m walk), then to Little River Falls (a 400m lookout), then to https://parkweb.vic.gov.au/explore/parks/snowy-river-national-park/things-to-do/little-river-gorge-visitor-node|Little River Gorge]] (Victoria's deepest gorge - a 400m walk track leads to cliff top lookout with great views), then negotiate the steep 16.5km to McKillops Bridge (rebuilt in 1935 and has a nice camp spot as well as others following the Deddick River), then to Ambyne Suspension Bridge, then Willow picnic area, then Tubbut, Wattle Camp picnic area, Taylors Camp picnic area, Jingalalla River picnic area, the tranquil Goongerah camp ground and picnic area on the Ellery Creek, travel south down Bonang Rd to return to Orbost
    • 3.2km return 1.5hrs, mostly easy with some steep sections and rough surfaces and steps
  • Little River Falls on McKillops Road:
    • “This is a good meeting place and a short walk takes you to a lookout with a good view of the falls. A little further on a detour on the right leads to a short walking track to the Little River Gorge lookout which is a sight to behold. Numerous tempting side tracks are passed before a left hairpin turn reveals a track on the right which descends to Little River Junction (with the Snowy River). This is an ideal place to camp for the night and as the track itself is of moderate difficulty it is a good opportunity to test man and machine.”
  • Silver Mine walking track near MacKillops Bridge:
    • 15.5km loop walk but may require orienteering and skill as sections are overgrown

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Little River Falls 1)

  • experienced 4WD convoys like to take the optional side adrenaline rush called the Deddick Trail from MacKillops Bridge southwards to Yalmy Road but sections have a double black diamond classification (very difficult in dry conditions) and the track should only be attempted by groups of experienced drivers with appropriately equipped vehicles. The track contains several water crossings and many sections that are very steep and slippery even in dry weather. The Staircase between Mt Joan and New Country Creek is particularly challenging and Parks Vic is advising travelers SHOULD ONLY travel in a NORTHERLY direction (heading from Yalmy Road towards McKillop Bridge) between the Rich Knob Track and Bowen Track intersections 2)
  • the flat north end of the track is rocks and very slow going - 2.5hrs for 10km
  • see also: https://tracks.4x4earth.com/4wd-track/deddick-trail/172 although this page is for the southerly, more challenging direction - in 2009 it required a capable vehicle with clearance, tyres deflated for traction, diff lock and winches to ascend the Staircase section as it was severely eroded, however, but in 2012 it was graded so most 4WDs could ascend it in dry weather with relative ease although it is still very steep and scary. This may have changed in 2018 as it is no longer advised to ascend it!

  • one can do the 3-4 day canoe / rapids trip from MacKillops Bridge to Balley Hooley but check river conditions, be prepared and take at least one person who knows the river

  • 62km half day, 4WD only, easy
  • start at Chandlers Creek Picnic Area on WB Line Rd (east of Monaro Hwy) 28.6km north of Cann River
  • head to Beehive Falls (300m return walk track)
  • Yambulla Walking Track - 3hrs one way to Genoa River, mod. fitness needed
  • then to Mealing Mill for great views
  • optionally walk to Genoa River from carpark on Ivor Track (1km, 15min walk)
  • continue on WB Line Rd and turn R onto Drummer Rd to get to Hidden Picnic Area on the Wingan River West Branch
  • continue on Drummer Rd to Drummer Rainforest picnic area - easy 45min return walk through moss-lined tracks on the banks of the Thurra River
  • then proceed to either Mallocoota, Cann River or Genoa

Wingan - Mallacoota Scenic Drive

  • 82km, half day, 4WD only, easy but requires creek crossing at Hard to Seek Tk and Betka Tk subject to seasonal closure
  • start at Drummer River Rainforest picnic ground (see above - 12km east of Cann River)
  • from Princes Hwy, turn left (eastwards) and lookout for Horseshoe Rd intersection which is easily missed, turn left and travel 6.2km to West Wingan Rd and Alfred NP (warm temperate rainforest), turn onto Wingan Link Rd and head to Wingan Link picnic area on the scenic Wingan River, continue and then veer left onto Hard to Seek Tk, cross the creek which has a granite rock base, (optionally head to Genoa Peak for a steep 1.5km, 2hr return walk)
  • turn into Stony Peak Rd to Croajingalong NP, turn left at Betka Tk to Shipwreck Creek camp ground whre there are some nice walks along beach with views of Gabo Island and the Howe Range
  • continue along Betka Tk to the popular Betka Beach then onto Betka Rd to Mallacoota

Heritage Bemm River

  • 113km, half day, 2WD in dry weather only; easy 4WD;
  • start at Mt Raymond Lookout near Orbost
  • head to Murrungowar picnic ground then to Cabbage Tree Creek flora reserve (cabbage tree palms walk)
  • optional 2.8km side trip to Yeerung Gorge for a 20min return walk
  • then to Bemm River bridge then to Lind NP, Euchre Valley Nature Drive, Growler's picnic area, Bemm River Scenic Reserve and Rainforest walk (easy 1km walk), the to Orbost
australia/vic/gippsland.txt · Last modified: 2019/01/13 03:34 by gary1