Gippsland is the rural heartland of Victoria, lying east of Melbourne
. Gippsland's main attraction is Wilson's Promontory
, a mountainous national park that is very popular for walking, wildlife watching, swimming, fishing and camping. In the centre of Gippsland's rich landscape are the Gippsland Lakes which is one of Australia's largest inland waterways and attracts thousands of fisherman and water sports enthusiasts annually.
Baw Baw National Park
This park extends south from the Great Dividing Range and covers over 13,000 hectares. The main access to the park is located 40 km north of Moe. The highest peak here is Mount St Phillack. There are many walking trails through this park and the best time to come is in spring when the wildflowers are in full bloom.
There are great views of the Promontory and Sandy Point from here as well as it being one of the best windsurfing locations in Australia.
This coastal town has some great surf and snorkeling areas. You can access Cape Paterson on the Bunurong Coastal Drive, this links the town with Invernoch and Covers 14km of cliffs, coves and rock pools to explore.
These popular lakes are made up of three main ones, King, Victoria and Wellington, which all drain into the ocean at Lakes Entrance
. The lakes are mainly undeveloped, however Lake King has a few fishing villages.
Mitchell River National Park
This river flows down from the alpine country through to the Gippsland Lakes. The park consists of over 12,000 hectares of rainforest and rugged gorges. The Mitchell River Gorge is very popular for canoeing, kayaking and rafting There are many walks through here ranging from one hour to two days for the more adventurous hiker.
Orbost is the railhead for East Gippsland and is on the Snowy River about 15km from the sea.
Here you can glimpse a real old world maritime township, a highlight here is the Port Albert Maritime Museum. The museum has it's own lighthouse, restored boats and a good historical display of the towns maritime history. Tarraville Road (03 5183 2520)
Tarra-Bulga National Park
Situated between Port Albert and the Latrobe Valley is the Tarra-Bulga National Park. There are some great walks through here and some very, very tall trees. Highlights are the Rainforest Walk, Cyathea Falls and the Corrigan's Suspension Bridge Walk. (03 5172 2111).
The Latrobe Valley
This is Gippsland's industrial area and is located in the west. The fuel sourced here in the Latrobe Valley supplies most of Victoria with it's electricity. Warragul, Moe and Erica are the major towns in this area, with Moe being the largest.
This little cove boasts 5 surf beaches, located near Inverloch.