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Gippsland: from high country to the coast

Gippsland: from high country to the coast

In partnership with Visit Gippsland.

From soaring high country to beaches that stretch on forever, lush rainforest and a labyrinth of limestone caves, there’s so much to explore in Gippsland.

Channel your inner high-country cattleman with unforgettable horse-riding tours from Licola or Dargo to cattlemen’s huts, high plains and spectacular gorges.

Further south, Tarra-Bulga National Park is one of Victoria’s last remaining cool temperate rainforests. Walk beneath giant tree ferns and towering mountain ash, chase waterfalls and cross the Corrigan Suspension Bridge above the fern canopy. Stay close to nature at Tarra Valley Caravan Park, or the Best Friend Holiday Retreat if you’re with your canine bestie.

Nearby, the historic fishing village of Port Albert has gorgeous heritage buildings and, down on the jetty, Wildfish restaurant serves the freshest local seafood. Starting near Port Albert and stretching all the way to Lakes Entrance, the 90 Mile Beach boasts 90 miles of uninterrupted golden beach.

Learn about the traditional custodians of the land on the Bataluk Cultural Trail, including a hike into the Den of Nargun where Gunaikurnai legend tells of an evil Nargun, half-man, half-stone, who lived in the sacred cave taking children who wandered too far from camp.  

Further east, discover Australia’s largest inland waterway, the Gippsland Lakes. Base yourself in Lakes Entrance, Metung or Paynesville to kayak or stand-up paddleboard on the lakes, hire a boat, take a fishing charter, or enjoy the region’s boutique wineries and breweries. 

Nearby, the Buchan Caves has a network of limestone caves that reveal quiet underground pools and sparkling stalagmites. Camp at the Buchan Caves Reserve or stay at the Stockmans Camp to enjoy their Bush Heritage Show.

Finally, relax in the serene coastal village of Mallacoota, part of the Croajingolong National Park, where the Mallacoota Foreshore Caravan Park offers a laid-back holiday vibe.

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Pictured: Lakes Entrance.

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