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
- Things to do in Gippsland
- Visit Gippsland Museums
- Gippsland tourist attractions
- Gippsland for small mountain towns
- Visiting Gippsland for natural beauty
- Gippsland things to see
- What to do in Gippsland
- How to get to Gippsland
- Author bio:
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, and weekend escapes and camping is free in some 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.
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 goods in Gippsland. The Long Jetty was used by boats in the Second World War that patrolled the waters for sea mines and boats taking supplies to Oil Rigs in Bass straight into 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 the best attractions in South Gippsland.
Places to stay in Port Welshpool
Port Welshpool has limited accommodation options. There are no hotels in Port Welshpool only apartment rentals and a caravan park.
Stony Creek Trestle Bridge – Lakes Entrance
This amazing relic of Victoria’s historic past is located in the Colquhoun State Forest between Lakes Entrance and Nowa Nowa. The huge trestle bridge that the now long-defunct train from Bairnsdale to Orbost used to pass over still stands mighty in the bush that surrounds it.
At 247m long and 20m high, it is the largest standing trestle bridge of its kind in the State of Victoria. The significance of it means it is listed on the Register of Historic Sites. Today the East Gippsland rail trail between Bruthern and Nowa Nowa passes by the bridge. There are picnic tables and toilets on site
Kilkunda Trestle Bridge
Constructed in 1911, the iconic, heritage-listed Kilcunda Bridge stretches 91 metres across Bourne Creek at Kilcunda. The 12-metre high wooden trestle bridge formed part of the Woolamai-Wonthaggi railway until 1978 and is now a feature of the Bass Coast Rail Trail. Pedal or stroll the iconic bridge, stopping to take in the views of the creek, the sandy Kilcunda Beach and the crashing waves from Bass Strait
Places to stay in Kilkunda
Kilkunda is located close to Phillips Island, There are plenty of accommodation options in and around Kilkunda. You will find apartments, hotels, and caravan parks.
Visit Gippsland Museums
Gippsland museums seem to pop up in every town across the region. You will find a museum on all types of topics. In Port Albert you will find a maritime 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 its history.
Gippsland Vehicle Collection Museum – Maffra
The Gippsland Vehicle Collection Motor Museum is in Maffra. On display are 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 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 in 2019 it has overnight parking for RVs. 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 Victoria
Maffra is a gorgeous small country town and staying in Maffra will definitely give you small town vibes. Maffra has limited accommodation of apartments, hotels and a caravan area at the Maffra Golf Course
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
There are so many places to stay in the Latrobe Valley.
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.
Trafalgar Holden Museum
One man’s passion for Holden cars grew into a museum. While most people stop collecting when the shed is full, the man behind this museum bought an old factory so he could buy more cars. This museum is even more important now that General Motors have stopped making Holden’s. The museum houses cars in several different buildings on site and continues to grow each year.
The Trafalgar Holden Museum has many unique features and displays including a 1965 Holden HD Premier a 1967 Holden HK and a 1963 EJ Holden with just 7500 miles (12,000km). Along with a theatrette and interactive displays, it truly is a must-do for everyone
This amazing Gippsland Museum features a small cafe and gift shop. Entry is only $10. Find somewhere to stay near Trafalgar for your visit
Gippsland tourist attractions
There are so many reasons to visit Gippsland but there are some that draw tourists for their sheer beauty and historic significance. You can’t miss a visit to these places in Gippsland.
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.
Lakes Entrance Aqua Park
Places to stay in Lakes Entrance
Lakes Entrance has widest variety of accommodation of all places in Gippsland. You will find resorts, hotels, apartments, and caravan parks.. You find something to suit everyone, staying in Lakes Entrance.
The newest attraction in Gippsland is the Lakes Entrance Aqua Park. The Aqua Park is adjacent to the footbridge near the car park in the centre of town. The Aqua Park features a 2000-square metre ninja-like obstacle course that will be fun for the whole family. The Lakes Aqua park will be open from November through to March on a yearly basis. It looks like an entire heap of fun for visitors to Gippsland.
Wilson’s Promontory Wilderness Cruise
Experience a 2.5 hour cruise on the waters around Wilson’s Promontory. The cruise leaves Norman Beach onboard an amphibious boat. The cruise takes you to South Point, the southernmost tip of mainland Australia where you will see The Glennies, Anderson Islets, Anser Island and the iconic Skull Rock. The cruise allows close access to Australian fur seals, unique birdlife and dolphins.
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 can’t 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
Visiting Yarram is a great base for travels in Gippsland. You can see so much from Yarram and it is a great place to stay in Gippsland. Book a stay in Yarram today.
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 surroundings. Talk to the volunteers and harvest their knowledge of the local history of the area. They will amaze you with their craftsmanship and skills of yesterday years.
Places to stay in Korumburra
Korumburra is a beautiful place and would be the perfect place to sit and relax in the bush. A stay in Korumburra in the perfect Air BNB is a great way to unwind.
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 which caters for school groups 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.
While plenty of people prefer camping in Dargo or finding the perfect free camping place in Dargo some may prefer a home away from home. Air BNB in Dargo can be the perfect option for you.
Visiting Gippsland for natural beauty
People who visit Gippsland are stunned by the diverse beauty the area is blessed with. From sweeping plains to mighty rivers, there is something of pure beauty that will take your breath away in Gippsland.
Billy Goat Bend – Mitchel River National Park
At Billy Goat Bend there is car parking, a day area featuring picnic tables and fire pits, Free camping area, toilets and a lookout. From the site, you can do a number of walks, including to the nearby Den of Nargun and Angus Vale. These walks are incorporated into the 25 kilometres Mitchel River Walking trail
There is an amazing lookout that gives you a 180-degree view of the wilderness of the area. The fast flowing Mitchel River meanders along below. Billy Goat Bend is all about getting away into the wilderness of free camping in Gippsland.
You might like our related article on the best things to do in the Latrobe Valley with kids. Click here to find out about attractions in Morwell, Traralgon, Moe and surrounds
Den of Nargun
The Den of Nargun is a sacred Koori site on the Bataluk Trail of sites in Gippsland. Legend has it that 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.
The Knob Reserve Stratford
The Knob Reserve is a 56-hectare park on the outskirts of Stratford and is a great Gippsland attraction. 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 Reserve was a meeting place for the local Koori Tribes. A place where they made weapons and tools for everyday use. There are BBQ and toilet facilities at the Knob Reserve for you to enjoy.
Silt Jetties – Wattle Point
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 is one of the most popular things to do in Gippsland.
Agnes Falls – Toora
Agnes Falls are 59 meters in height which makes 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. It is a beautiful place to relax with the sound of this amazing Gippsland waterfall in the background. Make Agnes Falls one of your top Gippsland attractions. Find nearby accommodation at Toora
Morwell River Falls
The Morwell River Falls are located near Boolara, 45 kilometres from Morwell. A winding road through the hills brings you to the carpark. A walking trail takes you from the carpark takes you to the banks of the Morwell River and within sight of the falls. A short circuit walk takes past the falls and some smaller cascades downriver.
The easy walk from the car park is suitable for all. However, Be mindful that the track from the carpark can be slippery when wet.
Youngs Creek Waterfall – Orbost
Located in Far East Gippsland just out of Orbost is Young’s Creek Waterfall. Located 6ks out of Orbost on Bogong Road is the turnoff to ‘Young’s Creek Picnic Ground. Follow the gravel road for around 4 kilometres. There is a car park with a drop toilet at the picnic grounds. You will find tables and the path to Young’s Creek Waterfall. We recommend visiting in winter when you can be assured that there is water flowing. The falls are only small, but the wilderness area setting is amazing. Orbost is a great base for your accommodation.
The Gippsland Lakes
The Gippsland Lakes covers 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 round. 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.
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
Things 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
If you are pressed for time on your holiday in Gippsland then there are some places you absolutely have to see. Some of the ideas below are brilliant family-friendly destinations in Gippsland.
Raymond Island Koala Walk
The Raymond Island Koala walk is one of the outstanding things to do in the Gippsland region. You will see markers on rocks and signed posts even painted koalas on the ground lead you in the right direction. The walk can be done in as little as 30 minutes depending on how many Koalas you see and how long you stay to look at these amazing animals. While it is a good track it is gravel for some ways so be careful with wheelchairs and prams. It is always a great thrill to see Koalas in their natural environment. You may also get to see kangaroos, echidnas, swans and dolphins
Stay at Raymond Island / Paynesville
Visit Buchan Caves
Buchan Caves comprises two limestone caves that are accessible to the public. The Buchan Caves reserve comprises 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. Find a place to stay in Buchan today
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 the golden sands of this untouched coastline
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.
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.
What to do in Gippsland
There are so many places to go in Gippsland that you will have to return to this location time and time again. You will fall in love with all that the Gippsland area has to offer.
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 a 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
Go Carting in Gippsland
Down South Gippsland way you will find Stony Creek Go-carts, This 800-meter circuit is open to the public to hire go-carts and for club days when participants bring their own go-cart. The hire carts can reach speeds of 70 kilometres an hour. Carts can be hired in 10-minute sessions, with participants given a safety run down before taking to the track. There are double carts available, so adults can take young kids for a ride on the track. Find out more at Stony Creek go carts.
Gippsland wineries and vineyards
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.
Go to the Churchill Island Farmers Market
Located on Phillip Island in west Gippsland is the Churchill Island farmer’s market. The location outside a colonial homestead with the waters of Western Port Bay is outstanding. The market is a hotspot for all things local and fresh produce. You will find everything from locally made Jin to freshly pulled vegetables and organic meats. Why not make a day of it and explore the rest of Churchill Island?
Plan a stay on Phillip Island
Go for a swim at Gippsland Regional Aquatic Centre
The Gippsland Regional Aquatic Centre is an important facility of the Gippsland community with it serving as a place for fitness and leisure activities. The only aquatic centre offers a range of features including a 25-metre heated indoor pool, swim school, toddler pool, cafe and gym with swimming lanes. It features water slides, a hydro pool and fun activities. You can enjoy food and beverages from the cafe while using the free WiFi.
How to get to Gippsland
You can drive to Gippsland anywhere east of Melbourne by numerous roads. The most prominent roads are 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, and 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.
We hope this article from us here at Wyld Family Travel has you inspired to visit Gippsland for a holiday or a weekend. This area is an absolute hidden gem and you will want more every time you visit and Gippsland will always deliver. For more amazing ideas on where to holiday in Australia click through to our Australia Destination Guide page for more brilliant inspiration.
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Father, husband, traveller, and chief destination manager here at Wyld Family Travel. When Mark is not talking about travel or planning travel you will find him working in disability support. Mark is a family travel advocate, having travelled to over 45 countries with his kids from 10 months old, through to their teenage years. You will find his work here and on other popular websites.