We begin our regional sampler in Noojee, in Gippsland’s north, just one and a half hours east of Melbourne.
Start with the three-kilometre Noojee Trestle Bridge Rail Trail, which takes you over and around one of the oldest wooden trestle bridges still remaining in Victoria, surrounded by towering gum trees. Immerse yourself in the myrtle beech rainforest on the 3.2-kilometre Ada Tree Walk, which takes you to the Ada Tree – a giant mountain ash and one of the state’s largest trees, estimated to be more than 300 years old.
Mallacoota, on Victoria’s most easterly coastal point, has more than its fair share of beautiful wilderness, sparkling ocean and breathtaking sunsets.Explore inlets and rock pools, laze on the shore, or take an invigorating coastal walk. Check out Croajingolong National Park, which is often hailed as one of Australia’s best reserves. With more than 100 kilometres of coast, hinterland, eucalyptus forest and rainforest, the park comprises outstanding examples of a diverse range of landscapes. Pure white, sandy beaches and rocky coastlines give way to lush forests and bush, and visitors to the park are often amazed by the abundance of flora and fauna.
The Omeo region is quintessential high country, with wide-open spaces, mountain ranges and an expansive sky. Take your fishing tackle, or simply a rug and a picnic basket full of goodies, to the nearest sparkling stream for a perfect spring high country afternoon. For more adventure, take the short journey to Alpine National Park, the largest national park in Victoria (comprising over 646,000 hectares), where you can take the Great Alpine Road touring route as it winds through the Victorian Alps.
Settle in to Port Albert and take your time exploring its rich maritime history. The town was settled in 1841 after the paddle-steamer Clonmel was wrecked on the coast. The award-winning Port Albert Maritime Museum allows visitors to explore this history and learn about the importance of Port Albert to the development of Victoria.There are also many quaint historic buildings, some dating back to 1850. Take a self-guided history walk for a glimpse at life in simpler times.