The Gippsland Lakes is a huge network of inland waterways. A cluster of enticing towns and villages are perched on its shores and water-related activities abound.
Aptly named Lakes Entrance is a key destination. This is where the Gippsland Lakes merges with the Southern Ocean, and nearby Ninety Mile Beach is a massive drawcard. It’s one of many popular beaches in Gippsland.
Myriad national parks are found in Gippsland. Wilsons Promontory hogs the spotlight, gifting diverse landscapes that include rainforest, beaches, and mountains. Croajingolong National Park deserves as much attention – it too has incredible landscapes and has been recognised as a World Biosphere Reserve.
Snow lovers will gravitate towards Baw Baw National Park, which provides wonderful skiing and snowboarding opportunities.
The staggering wealth of natural attractions in Gippsland also includes Agnes Falls Scenic Reserve at Toora and Buchan Caves, near Buchan.
Art and culture is just as impressive and galleries and studios are dotted around Gippsland. Latrobe Regional Gallery at Morwell and the Gippsland Vehicle Collection at Maffra are top picks.
Gippsland’s heritage is gripping and is on show at dozens of museums. A rich indigenous history can be unearthed along the Bataluk Cultural Trail or at the Krowathunkooloong Keeping Place museum at Bairnsdale.
The mining past of Gippsland is engrossing. Head underground on a State Coal Mine tour in Wonthaggi and be enchanted by the gold-mining past of Walhalla and Omeo.
A wide variety of cool-climate wines abound in the Gippsland wine region and cellar doors are plentiful.