7 Incredible Gippsland Experiences To Have On Your Big Lap

by Brooke and Andrew

1. See The Snow

Mount Baw Baw is nestled high within the Great Dividing Range and during winter months hosts the closest downhill ski resort in Gippsland. Only an hour and a half drive from Traralgon, you can hire snow equipment from the Mt Baw Baw Alpine Resort. Once you are all geared up, take on an adventure in the snow that suits you. Whether it be snowboarding, skiing, tobogganing, or the unique experience of a sled dog tour through Howling Huskies.

2. Head To The Beach

Gippsland is host to some stunning beaches along the coastline. Ninety Mile Beach is the fourth-longest beach in the world, and is a local hot spot for swimming, beach fishing, and spotting the odd whale. Local 4WD tours are available and you can self-drive it too. Or take a camelback tour between November and May, during School holidays and long weekends. 
Moving away from Ninety Mile Beach, visit the stunning Norman Beach, with crystal clear blue water and flats sand stretches, perfect for a game of beach cricket. Venus Bay is the perfect surf beach but make sure you look out for the rips and make sure you swim between the flags.

3. Go Fish

No matter what type of fishing you’re into, the region offers something for you. Inverloch and Wonthaggi are popular for surf fishing for salmon, mullet, and gummy shark. You can launch your tinnie at Mahers’ Landing. For lake fishing, Blue Rock Lake is abundant with trout and Lake Narracan has easy-catching carp. Plus there are many river fishing locations too.

There are also a number of fishing charter services available, including Far Out Charters who are known for catching a lot of fish, or the East Gippsland Charters who do estuary charters at Lake Tyres, Ben River and Tamboon.

4. Take To The Water

Visiting the Gippsland Lakes is a must. It is one of the largest inland waterway systems within Australia, perfect for swimming, sailing, canoeing, kayaking, and SUPing. If you are wanting to try something a little different, you can hire a yacht or motor cruiser.
If you are hoping to chase some waterfalls, head to Toorongo Falls in Noojee, Agnes Falls in Toora or Tarra and Cyathea in Tarra Valley. If you’re looking for adventure, you can go white water rafting.

5. Step Back In Time

This area is rich with history. One of the best ways to experience it is on the Walhalla Goldfields Railway. You can experience this short, yet captivating little train ride; a delightful way to see the rugged terrain and through the beautiful landscapes of Walhalla. Tip: if you visit in April, you’ll see the beauty of the autumn trees as you travel.

6. Enjoy The Museums

Gippsland offers more than just outdoor adventures. Head to the museums for a day and you won’t be disappointed. The Vehicle Collection Motor Museum in Maffra displays 160 special cars, motorbikes and machinery and auto memorabilia for the car lover. Coal Creek Community Park and Museum is a great historic settlement museum, which recreates the story and settlement of coal miners. Griffiths Sea Shell Museum and Marine Display showcases 90,000 of shells, sea creatures and handmade shell items. It is a great little treasure trove. Plus, there’s many more.

7. Hit The Road

This area has a number of self-drive trails nicely packaged up for you to explore the best of the area. For foodies, take the Gippsland Food And Wine Trail, which takes you past country towns, cellar doors and local producers including Prom Country Cheese, Meeniyan Pantry and Cellar, or treat yourself at Pandesal Bakery.  
There’s The Valley To Sea Touring Route, Hinterland Drive or Gippsland Coast Discovery Route to discover too.

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