Gippsland has everything from mountain peaks, whale watching and truffle hunting.
Here are a few activities that will entice you to venture to Gippsland and discover its delights.
You’ll discover cosy villages, warm country kitchens, hearty winter feasts and cute towns.
Great Alpine Road
Where else in Victoria can you feel sand between your toes in the morning and hear the crunch of snow that same afternoon?
Take your trip to the snow to the next level this year with a epic drive from the Gippsland Lakes to the ski fields of Mt Hotham via the Great Alpine Road, all the while hugging hilltops, mighty rivers and lofty mountain ridges.
Stop in at Ensay Winery, Nullamunjie Olive Oil and then use Omeo for your base for fun in the snow – this charming heritage town is only a 45-minute drive from Mt Hotham. Wander the justice precinct, historic buildings and grab a cold one at the iconic Golden Age Hotel.
BELOW THE SNOWLINE
East Gippsland Winter Festival –11 Jul 2021
Embrace the chill of the season in an abundant celebration of art, wine, local produce and live music, in a series of events across three weeks in East Gippsland. Take a high country road trip or swing through lakeside villages to discover light projections, art installations, lavish winter feasts, lantern parades and pinot celebrations.
Gippsland welcomes friends from the deep south between May and November, with majestic creatures to be spotted from a number of Gippsland vantage points along the Southern Gippsland coastline during their migration.
Get a closer look with a whale watching boat cruise in the protected waters around Wilsons Promontory.
- Pennicott Wilderness Journeys run a 2.5 hour cruise which departs from Norman Bay beach at Tidal River, in the heart of Wilsons Promontory. Their world first, custom built amphibious boats, take in the granite rock formations off the west coast of The Prom, including a seal colony and the ever-impressive Skull Rock.
- Wildlife Coast Cruises run a full day whale watching tour departing from Port Welshpool and cruising along the east coast of The Prom, they have just launched a NEW Wilsons Prom Whale Adventure Cruise over June and July, which is in addition to their popular spring Wilsons Prom Whale Cruise which runs from late August to mid November.
Just 90 minutes from Melbourne, two of Australia’s best truffières (that’s a truffle grower) are making magic on beautiful South Gippsland properties in the hills.
Join a truffle hunt to learn about, hunt (alongside the noses of two Australian shepherds) and then taste the prized French black truffle.
Truffles are, of course, the hero of the luncheon that follows.
During the winter weeks of late June, July & August, our truffles are ripe, wildly aromatic and ready for unearthing. The Truffle House in Jumbunna and the Truffle Paddock in Grantville are now taking bookings for the 2021 Truffle Season.
A village getaway
Gippsland’s quintessential rolling hills are dotted with unique and welcoming villages, such as Yarragon, just 90 minutes east of Melbourne. From your cosy cottage accommodation, you can cruise through rolling farmland, explore historic villages, throw yourself into outdoor adventure or just wile away the afternoon browsing the shops.
When it comes to cosy places to stay this winter, The Ridge House in Yarragon has you covered with a roaring wood heater, luxurious lounges and views across fifty acres of restful bushland.
Book in for a meal at nearby hatted restaurant Hogget Kitchen, enjoy a tipple at one of the wineries along the West Gippsland Wine Trail or Lace up your walking shoes and get high on the wet-earth scent of Mt Worth State Park, replete with fern glades, lyrebirds and lush waterfalls.