The Gippsland region of Victoria in Australia is our home. The Gippsland region stretches from just east of Melbourne to the New South Wales border. It is a huge region by any explanation. Gippsland consists of four sections East, West, South and Central Gippsland.
Gippsland’s natural features are diverse. Rugged mountains to rolling plains, rainforests to deserted coastlines, alpine regions to thousand-year-old forests. As one can imagine across the region there are many great things to see and do. Here we touch on many things to do in Gippsland.
Facts about Gippsland:
- Gippsland covers an area of 41,566 square kilometres
- Gippsland accounts for 20% of Australia’s milk production
- Gippsland has a population of 255,718 people
- Gippsland is home to 14 National Parks
Things to do in Gippsland
In this article, you will find plenty of things to do in Gippsland from high country towns to waterfalls, from theme parks to historical infrastructure. Get out and explore Gippsland today, spend a night or a few days.
A reconstructed Colonial Era Gold Mining town set in the hills of Gippsland is Walhalla. Once one of the richest towns in Victoria, Walhalla is today known for its Gold Fields Railway and the Long Mine Tour. Walhalla is a great place for a picnic or a bbq day trip.
It also has a unique cemetery! I know it sounds morbid but it is worth a visit to see just how hard colonial times could be on families. It is also located on the side of a hill! The shops appear today to look like a colonial town of the past. Guesthouses are available for overnight stays, weekend escapes and camping is free in areas.
Family Travel Tip: There is an old fashion lolly shop at Walhalla. The shop sells the old fashioned boiled lollies like humbugs and rock candy.
Places to stay in Walhalla
Visit Gippsland Museums
Gippsland museums seem to pop up in every town across the region. You will find museum on all types of topics. In Port Albert you will find a maritine museum, in Morwell you will find a power museum, Sale has a history museum, Noojee has a heritage centre and Wonthaggi has the state coal mine. Visit Gippsland today to learn about it’s history.
Gippsland Vehicle Collection Museum Shire of Wellington Victoria
The Gippsland Vehicle Collection Motor Museum is in Maffra. On display is more than 160 special cars, motorbikes, machinery, historic vehicles and auto memorabilia for the car lover. The cars and machines that feature change every four months. This helps ensure the displays are on offer for new or for returning visitors.
The Museum has speciality days and shows throughout the year. Car enthusiasts can bring their cars for display. The museum has barbeque facilities and of 2019 it has overnight parking for RV’s. On days that it is hosting events, you will find that catering is available. This is a volunteer-run museum that punches above its weight.
Places to stay in Maffra
Power Works Museum – Morwell
Morwell and the Latrobe Valley have a long history associated with coal mining and power generation. PowerWorks was opened in November 1994 on the edge of the Morwell open cut mine by the State Energy Commission of Victoria.
Powerworks was created to ensure broad community awareness of the history, operations and policy initiatives of the Victorian power industry. Today PowerWorks acts more as an education and conservation centre for all things Latrobe Valley Coal related.
Places to stay in the Latrobe Valley
Gippsland Tourist attractions – Den of Nargun
The Den of Nargun is a sacred Koori site on the Bataluk Trail of sites in Gippsland. Legend has it The Nargun is a large female creature who lives in a cave behind a waterfall in the Mitchell River. The Den of Nargun is a place of great cultural significance to the Gunaikurnai people, especially the women of the tribe.
Stories of the Nargun have been told around campfires of how kids who wandered off from the tribe are taken by the Nargun. These stories helped keep people away from the sacred cave. The walkout of the Den Of Nargun is quite challenging. The walk features some steep sections that are strenuous.
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Yarram street art
Take a day trip to Yarram to see street art. There are 10 street art murals in Yarram that you are able to find. Renowned street artist Heesco has put together this amazing collection of street art. You will find it in alleyways, on the side of the local golf course and larger than life on some businesses in town. If you cant find all 10, being a small rural town you will find many of the locals happy to help you find the Yarram street art if you are having trouble.
Places to stay in Yarram
Visit Coal Creek in Gippsland
Coal Creek is a small recreated town on the outskirts of Korrumburra in South Gippsland. Black Coal was found and mined in the area during the late 1800s and the 1950s. Coal Creek Heritage Park trades on its past with original buildings and machinery on display for all to see.
Coal Creek now has many themed days and is free to get in. Ride the bush tramway, dine in the cafe, take a picnic or simply enjoy the natural bush surrounds. Talk to the volunteers and harvest their knowledge on the local history of the area. They will amaze you with their craftsmanship and skills of yesterday years.
The Long Jetty – Port Welshpool
The Long Jetty is located at Port Welshpool in South Gippsland. The long Jetty has a checkered history dating back to the 1930s when it was constructed as the main port for good in Gippsland. The Long Jetty was used by boats in the Second World war who patrolled the waters for sea mines and boats taking supplies to Oil Rigs in Bass straight in its later life.
The Long Jetty was partially burnt down in the early 2000s and closed to the public until late 2018 when it re-opened. Today the refurbished Long Jetty is 850 meters long, with dedicated fishing spots near the end and an onsite open-air museum that talks about its history. The Long Jetty is one of best attractions in South Gippsland
Places to stay in Port Welshpool
Visiting Gippsland for small mountain towns
Gippsland is a region full of small towns, Dargo is the most remote town in Victoria, while Licola is the only private town in Victoria owned by the Lions club. Towns like Walhalla, Buchan, Swifts Creek, Noojee and more are just waiting to show you the country hospitality of Gippslanders.
Licola lies on the banks beside the Macalister River, 254 kilometres east of Melbourne. The township of Licola is owned entirely by the Lions Clubs of Victoria and southern New South Wales. It is the only privately owned town in Victoria and the only one not on mains power.
At last count, Licola had a population of 21 people. Licola is home to The Lions Village that caters for school group and such. The mighty Macalister River runs through Licola. The Macalister is popular for trout fishing in season. Visit Licola in Gippsland for its remoteness and beauty.
Dargo High Country Gippsland Victoria.
Dargo’s claim to fame is that it’s the most remote town in Victoria. Dargo is set in the foothills of the Dargo High Plains. The town of Dargo, with a population of approximately 150, is the gateway point for the Alpine National Park, Avon Wilderness Park, and Mitchell River National Park.
The town is located 348 kilometres east of Melbourne. Dargo is an extremely popular high country town. Dargo is popular with four-wheel drivers, horse riders, and hunters. The Dargo pub is famous for its high country hospitality and country-western concerts that are staged.
Gippsland attractions – The Knob
The Knob Reserve is a 56-hectare park on the outskirts of Stratford. The Knob reserve is an important indigenous site in the Gippsland region. The Knob reserve forms part of the Bataluk Trail. The Bluff high above the Avon River at the knob was a meeting spot for local Koori Tribes. A place where they made weapons and tools for everyday use. There are BBQ and toilet facilities at the Knob reserve.
The Silt jetties are located near Eagle Point they form the mouth of the Mitchel River. These naturally forming narrow banks of silt stretch for 7 kilometres into the Gippsland Lakes. These silt Jetties are the second-longest in the world after the ones that form at the mouth of the Mississippi River. The formation happens over millions of years as the water slows when it enters a lake. Fishing is enjoyed along the silt jetties and one of the most popular things to do in Gippsland.
What to do in Gippsland – Visit Buchan Caves
Buchan Caves comprises of two limestone caves that are accessible to the public. The Buchan Caves reserve comprises of the Fairy Cave and the Royal Cave. The caves have a length of between 3 and 4 kilometres that the public can tour with guides from Parks Victoria.
The reserve has camping facilities and bushwalking tracks for hiking. Camping at the Buchan Caves National Park you will encounter many native animals such as Kangaroos and Possums.
Family Travel Tip: If you visit in the summer there is an amazing swimming pool. The pool is filled by water running out of a cave just meters away from the pool.
The 90 Mile beach
The 90 Mile Beach is ironic since in Australia we measure everything in Kilometres. The truth is it’s actually 94 miles long. It runs from Port Albert in South Gippsland to Lakes Entrance in East Gippsland.
The 90 Mile beach at one end is popular with summer holidaymakers at Lakes Entrance. The other end of the 90-mile beach is popular for free camping and fishing for sharks and salmon. The 90-mile beach has notorious ocean conditions.
These beaches can be dangerous for inexperienced swimmers. You will find many stretches of the 90-Mile beach deserted. You will be the only one walking golden sands of this untouched coastline
Visiting Gippsland for natural beauty
Agnes Falls are 59 meters in height which make them the highest single span falls in the state. The falls are a short walk through the forest from the car parking area. Picnic facilities are available for you on the banks of the Agnes River.
The Gippsland Lakes
The Gippsland Lakes cover an area of 345 square kilometres. The Avon, Thomson, Latrobe, Mitchell, Nicholson and Tambo rivers. fill the lakes, marshes, and lagoons. The Lakes run next to the ocean in Bass straight. The lakes are popular for boating, fishing, and camping. You can take a cruise on the Gippsland Lakes or go on a fishing charter.
Fishing in Gippsland is popular all year around. A permanent entrance to the ocean has been created at Lakes Entrance. The lakes are a major tourism hub. Towns on the lakes Paynesville, Metung, Loch Sport and Lakes Entrance benefit from tourists that the lakes draw. Raymond Island is great for seeing Koala’s and is an easy ferry from Paynesville
Family Travel Tip: At Lakes Entrance there is mini golf, paddle boats and aqua bikes to keep the kids entertained. This year camel rides have been available on the beach
What to do in Sale, visit The Gippsland Armed Forces Museum
Gippsland Armed Forces Museum is a small, stand-alone, volunteer-run museum located at the T.A.F.E campus at Fulham right next to the West Sale Airport. The museum was set up to keep records of the people from Gippsland’s participation in Wars.
On display, you will find full-size aircraft, motorbikes, cannons and many pieces of memorabilia stretching from WW1 through to present times. This museum is a real gem to visit with amazing history and displays for the whole family. Spend a few hours at The Gippsland Armed Forces Museum you won’t be sorry.
Thinsg to see in Gippsland – Corrigan’s Bridge South Gippsland
Corrigan’s suspension bridge is located in Tarra Bulga National Park. Corrigan’s Suspension bridge is a 1.25 km walk from the car park at Tarra Bulga Visitors centre. Corrigan’s suspension bridge floats through the rainforest canopy.
The bridge gives you amazing views of the valley below and the lush vegetation that surrounds it. A Tarra Bulga day trip is great with many things to see in the area. Bbq facilities and bush walks are available throughout Tarra Bulga National Park. Visiting Gippsland would not be complete without seeing the amazing Corrigan’s bridge.
Gippsland things to see – Walkerville near Wilson’s Prom
Walkerville is an amazing place to camp. The campgrounds are right on the ocean. The beach features many rock pools that when the tide is right are excellent for exploring. One can find a myriad of different sea life in the rock pools.
Fishing and bushwalking are popular in Walkerville with snapper taken off the beach. Close by Walkerville is the popular Cape Liptrap Light House.
Visit Gippsland Plains Rail Trail
Old train tracks have been dug up and turned into biking paths in many areas of Gippsland. The Gippsland plains rail trail runs from Traralgon to Maffra. A total length of 63 kilometres. The rail-trail passes through flat dairy farm country.
The trail offers panoramic views of the Great Dividing Range. The trail surface is smooth gravel though it can be soft in some of the newer sections when wet. This section is one of many rail-trails in the Gippsland Area. There is also an East Gippsland and South Gippsland section of biking trails
Croajingolong National Park in East Gippsland
This area is a UNESCO world biosphere reserve. The Croajingolong features 100km of rugged and unspoilt coastline and covers 87,500 hectares. Thousand-year-old pristine eucalypt forest and rainforest combine to give you a glimpse of wilderness. The area includes indigenous and endangered species in their native environment. Embrace the nature of beauty in the Croajingolong and its hinterland. Off the path, camping spots encourage beach walks and bird watching. This national park is home to more than 300 different types of birds and over 1000 native plant species.
Wineries and Vineyards: Things to do in Gippsland
This industry once a boutique industry in Gippsland has blossomed in the last few years. Vineyards and grapes are popping up all over the region. Gippsland’s wineries have garnished a huge reputation in recent years for producing premium, cool-climate wines.
The wines of Gippsland are alive with full fruit flavours. There are more than 100 wineries and 40 cellar doors open to the public in Gippsland. One of our favourites is Blue Gables near Maffra.
If craft beer appeals to your taste buds more small-batch breweries are starting to make a name for themselves as well. Blue Gables is one of our favourite things to do in Gippsland
We hope visiting Gippsland is something you put on your list of things to see in Australia. You will find destination Gippsland is a rewarding experience for the whole family with such diverse activities.
Gumbuya World is Gippslands only big-time theme park. It is located in West Gippsland a little past Warragul on the Princess Highway. Previously known as Gumbuya Park, it has been a Gippsland attraction for over 30 years. Gumbuya World has now been transformed and modernized to feature a water park, animal park and amusement park.
Gumbuya World is currently going through a stage 2 expansion ( winter of 2019 ) and will feature new attractions in the coming years.
How to get to Gippsland
You can drive to Gippsland anywhere east of Melbourne by numerous roads. The most prominent roads being the Princes Highway and the South Gippsland Highway
The V-Line country train line runs as far as Bairnsdale in the east of Gippsland. The track stops at Pakenham, Drouin, Warragul. Trafalgar, Yarragon, Moe, Morwell, Traralgon, Sale and Bairnsdale. From some of these stations, buses will take you further into the country regions of Gippsland.
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Mark Wyld is a father, husband and traveller. Having been to over 30 countries worldwide I think I know a thing or 2 about travelling with kids. I have been writing about travel on our website for the last 4 years and have featured on numerous other websites. When I am not talking, dreaming and planning travel I can be found working in disability support .