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See your footprints in the sand of endless Ninety Mile Beach. Or cruise Gippsland Lakes, Australia’s biggest expanse of inland waterways.


Escape from city life to explore Gippsland, a diverse wilderness coast stretching from Melbourne's eastern outskirts to Victoria's far east. Drive the Great Alpine Way to uninterrupted Ninety Mile Beach, the vast Gippsland Lakes, and relaxed coastal towns. Bushwalk, camp, kayak, snorkel and fish along the unspoilt beaches of Croajingolong National Park and Wilsons Promontory, then discover Aboriginal history and gourmet delights.

What you can see in Gippsland

Visit coastal towns and enjoy the wilderness of national parks and beaches that go for ninety miles. Adventure or relaxation are yours in Gippsland.

Gippsland Highlights

Gippsland Highlights

Gippsland Highlights

Four wheel drive in the Australian Alps and trek the unspoilt coastline of Wilsons Promontory National Park. Trace Aboriginal history more than 18,000 years old. Then connect the vineyards, restaurants, farms and market stalls on a food and wine trail. Welcome to Gippsland, the wilderness coast where tall forests, lakes and beaches connect with Aboriginal history and gourmet delights.

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Sydney to Melbourne Coastal Drive

Sydney to Melbourne Coastal Drive

Sydney to Melbourne Coastal Drive

Sydney - Nowra - Batemans Bay - Eden - Bairnsdale - Wilsons Promontory - Phillip Island - Melbourne 7 days drive Swim from white beaches in Jervis Bay, eat fresh oysters in Pambula and spot whales in Eden. Feed sea eagles in Mallacoota and experience the precious eco-systems of Croajingolong National Park. Go boating on the vast, tranquil Gippsland Lakes. Then walk along the sweeping expanse of Ninety Mile Beach and to the southernmost tip of Australia's mainland in Wilsons Promontory National Park. On Phillip Island, you'll find friendly fur seals and a daily dusk parade of little penguins. This blockbuster drive takes you to sleepy seaside towns, national parks teeming with wildlife and long, solitary beaches where your feet are the only ones on the sand.

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Wilsons Promontory

Wilsons Promontory

Wilsons Promontory

Walking is the best way to explore the natural sanctuary of Wilsons Promontory. Known as ‘The Prom' to locals, it embraces 50,000 hectares of coastal wilderness on mainland Australia's southernmost tip. The many well-marked trails traverse empty beaches and eucalypt forest, heath and swamp, cool rainforest gullies and rocky mountain tops. Opt for short and scenic trails, like the Loo-Errn Track, ideal for families and the mobility-impaired. Do a day trek to the lighthouse or spend three days on the Wilsons Promontory Circuit Trail, which starts from the main tourist hub of Tidal River. Scale Mount Oberon or hike out to remote and beautiful Millers Landing. Stay at campsites throughout the park and get up close to the park's incredible array of native plants, birds and animals. You can also dive and snorkel with magical marine life in the clear, protected waters offshore.

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Ninety Mile Beach

Ninety Mile Beach

Ninety Mile Beach

Ninety Mile Beach, located in the Gippsland region on Victoria's south-eastern coastline, is one of the longest uninterrupted beaches in the world. Stand on the beach and watch the beach disappear into the salty sea spray in the distance. You might find that your footprints are the only ones in the sand that day. This is one of the most natural and unspoilt beaches in the world and is ideal for activities from beach fishing and swimming to walking, whale and dolphin-spotting or just lazing in the sun. Sun, sand and lush national parks all create the perfect holiday environment.

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Great Alpine Way

Great Alpine Way

Great Alpine Way

Melbourne - Wangaratta - Bright - Omeo - Bairnsdale 3 days driving Travel from Melbourne through the Australian Alps to the lakes, beaches and national parks of Gippsland. Stop in Milawa for cheeses and Rutherglen for wine. Horse ride and mountain bike in Mount Buffalo National Park. Connect to gold-rush history and the legend of Ned Kelly in Glenrowan and Beechworth. Ski on Mount Hotham or walk through spring wildflowers on the Bogong High Plains. Canoe down the Mitchell River and swim, fish and surf on Ninety-Mile Beach. On Australia's highest accessible sealed road you can feast on fresh produce and fish, cycle, ski, climb or ride every step of the way.

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Croajingolong National Park

Croajingolong National Park

Croajingolong National Park

The World Biosphere Reserve of Croajingolong National Park in East Gippsland follows the beautiful, wild coastline of far-eastern Victoria for an astonishing 100 kilometres.

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Gippsland's Coastal Towns

Gippsland's Coastal Towns

Wilsons Promontory, Gippsland, VIC. Photo by Elisa Detrez.

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Frog Gully Cottages

Lot 2419 Rosedale Rd, Gippsland area,
Longford, Victoria 3851

Frog Gully Cottages have two self-contained cottages, specially designed to take in a superb wetland view. There is an abundance of birdlife, spectacular sunrises and sunsets and clear starry nights. Each cottage has two bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms. One bedroom has a queen size bed, the other has twin king single beds. The kitchen is well-equipped and contains electric hotplates and microwave oven. A barbecue is provided for each cottage, also television, DVD, CD player, washing machine and outdoor clothesline. Cosy heating in winter is provided by a gas log fire as well as air conditioning to keep guests comfortable in summer. Sale Golf course is right next door. The cottages are eight kilometres from Sale, and 24 kilometres from the Ninety Mile Beach. Other places of interest nearby include Tarra Bulga Park, Holey Plains State Park, Gippsland Lakes and the Ramsar wetlands around Sale. A breakfast basket is included in the tariff. There are no facilities for children, and pets are not allowed. The cottages are designed for wheelchair access. A cottage at Frog Gully is the ideal location for a getaway weekend. The cottages also provide a 'home away from home' for business people working in Sale on a short term basis.

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Email: ann@froggully.com.au
Website: www.froggully.com.au
Phone: 61 3 5149 7242
Mobile: 61 439 369 057

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Basia Mille Vineyard Olive Grove and Boutique Accommodation

1 Taylor Court, Gippsland area,
Fish Creek, Victoria 3959

Basia Mille Vineyard Olive Grove Cellar Door and Boutique Accommodation is on Waratah Ridge, South Gippsland, overlooking pristine Wilson's Promontory National Park and the beautiful islands of Bass Strait. The vines were first planted in 1997 and the first vintage was produced in 2002. The vineyard produced a Bronze Medal for its 2007 Pinot Noir, and now specialises in Pinot Grigio and Pinot Noir varieties. Enjoy a glass of wine with a plate of local cheeses on weekends between 1pm and 5pm. Basia Mille has three luxurious five-star apartments, self-contained, each with a double bed. Take advantage of barbecue facilities and the most beautiful view of Waratah Bay, The Prom and Corner Inlet and the islands of Bass Strait. You can fish for Rainbow Trout on the property, cook it for dinner, play nine holes of golf or walk on the Prom only 20 minutes away.

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Email: basiamille@bigpond.com
Website: basiamille.com.au/
Phone: 61 3 5687 1453
Mobile: 61 414 295 048

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Abington Briars Cottage

485 Ameys Track, Gippsland area,
Foster, Victoria 3960

Abington Briars Cottage offers idyllic accommodation in serene and private grounds. Perched high on a hill, guests are treated to the breathtaking views of farmland spilling down rolling hills to Corner Inlet with Wilson's Promontory guarding the opposite shoreline. Be entranced by the sights and sounds of the visiting wildlife, especially the many different birds that call this beautiful haven home. Abington Briars Cottage is a fully self-contained cottage designed especially as a romantic getaway for two, with well appointed rooms, gas log fire, air-conditioning and spa to ensure your every comfort. The cottage is fully equipped with everything required for your comfort and relaxation. The accommodation has been purpose built to provide the ultimate in privacy and seclusion whilst still enjoying the beautiful panoramic views of Corner Inlet and Wilson's Promontory. Prepare to relax and unwind in the luxurious, warm and inviting spa with large viewing windows to frame the incredible scenery, or sip a glass of port on your scenic patio - a perfect prelude to a fantastic stay. Enjoy the ambience of the countryside and the marvellous local events such as Inverloch Jazz Festival, Mossvale Park Entertainment, Country Markets and the Horse Racing at Stony Creek. Perhaps walk or ride the Great Southern Rail Trail. Visit and have a fabulous time getting to know the beautiful region and all it has to offer the discerning visitor looking for a special destination. When only the best will do, contact Abington Briars Cottage to make a booking or for more information.

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Email: info@abingtonbriars.com.au
Website: www.abingtonbriars.com.au
Mobile: 61 419 393 734

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Angler's Arms and Fisherman's Cottage

19 Wharf St, Gippsland area,
Port Albert, Victoria 3971

The Angler's Arms and Fisherman's Cottage are situated in a prime position of Port Albert and offer splendid coastal views. Originally a Catholic Church, the Angler's Arms is now two delightful units. Both units have high curved cathedral ceilings providing a spacious and airy ambience to every room. Anglers One is the front of the church, overlooking the Port Albert wharf and marine area. The spacious one bedroom unit offers a queen size bed, separate lounge with all facilities including a television and sound system. You will also find a dining area, fully equipped kitchen and bathroom. The small outdoor garden area offers views of Marina. Anglers Two is at the back of church, looking toward Wilson's Promontory. This two bedroom unit offers a spacious queen bedroom and a second bedroom containing a double bed. The large lounge includes a television and sound system. The unit has a fully equipped kitchen and large wheelchair accessible bathroom. The dining area opens onto an outdoor deck. Fisherman's Cottage is a separate building, elevated with lovely views. Underneath there is plenty of room to park your car and boat. The large deck overlooks Wilson's Promontory and Corner Inlet. Inside you will find a queen bedroom and loft above which contains two single beds. Guests will need to bring their own bed-linen and towels. There is a communal laundry on-site, with washing machine and iron/board. Linen can be supplied at a small charge All units have their own car park and boat park. Pets are welcome, conditions apply. No fences are in place, so when outside pets should be restrained.

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Email: valdanapier@bigpond.com
Website: www.anglersarmsandfishermanscottage.com.au
Phone: 61 3 9890 6623
Mobile: 61 402 125 564

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Blerick Country Retreat

55 McDougal Rd, Gippsland area,
Neerim South, Victoria 3831

Enter through charming Victorian Timber Gates, up the curved drive to the homestead, Blerick Country Retreat and the outbuildings that are nestled amongst landscaped gardens in beautiful rural surrounds. The stylish spa cottages will instantly enchant you with their warmth, character and well appointed modern facilities. Located just over one hour from Melbourne, Mount Baw Baw, Phillip Island as well as Wilson's Prom. The cottages are set in the tranquil, dairy district of Neerim South, with beautiful views of the snow capped Mount Baw Baw. Offering so much more than just a getaway but an Australian country farm experience. Imagine returning from your outing to enjoy the tranquil views from your veranda of the sun setting over rolling green paddocks. Enjoy the wildlife that inhabits the billabong which is home to a family of wild ducks. Throw some gourmet Gippsland meat onto your barbecue and relax in the spa or in front of the cosy wood heater. Wake to singing birds and farm animals patiently waiting at the fence to say good morning. There are endless attractions in the immediate area: sampling gourmet food and wines, skiing, horse riding, four wheel drive tracks, trout fishing in alpine streams, enjoying nature walks and water falls in the nearby lush rain forests and panning for gold in historic gold mining towns. The cottages are all self contained with lovely views of the beautiful Gippsland hills, with Mount Baw Baw in the distance. They are self-contained with modern kitchen facilities, microwave, large LCD flat screen television with a DVD and stereo player. Linen is provided and laundry facilities are available. Centrally located to many desired attractions and the setting is ideal for international guests seeking an Aussie experience, the romantic couple, the family, or a group of friends. Dogs and children are welcome.

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Email: admin@blerick.com.au
Website: www.blerick.com.au
Phone: 61 3 5628 1507
Mobile: 61 417 535 917

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Atura Dandenong

Cnr Doveton Aveneu and Princes Highway, Melbourne area,
Doveton, Victoria 3177

High on character, service and value, Atura Hotels are a place to escape the predictable and embrace a new style of travel. Atura Dandenong lies mere minutes from thriving corporate and business park precincts. Being right near the Princes Highway and the South Gippsland Freeway means getting to the hotel is easy. Atura Dandenong's fresh take on travel is high on energy and low on guest maintenance. Dynamic spaces to make your own, great hospitality and thoughtful details at surprisingly affordable prices. Over the coming months expect to see changes occurring as Atura's signature character and quirk is introduced in the lobby and elsewhere. Bespoke design furniture, a high energy vibe and fun atmosphere we think you'll love being part of.

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Email: reservations_dandenong@aturahotels.com.au
Website: www.aturadandenong.com.au
Phone: 61 3 9771 6000

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Just Inside The Gate

4351, Meeniyan-Promontory Road, Gippsland area,
Yanakie, Victoria 3960

At the very edge of Wilsons Promontory National Park architectural luxury meets wilderness at Just Inside the Gate. Situated just inside the National Park entrance on 97 acres of the most southerly freehold land on mainland Australia. You are invited to come and spend some time relaxing and adventuring on the edge. Just Inside The Gate is a self-catering eco-lodge accommodation for two or up to eight people. You have a choice where you can book the West Wing (two to four people) or East Wing (four people) or both East and West (eight people). The two accommodation Wings East and West are separated by two independent lounges with a central entrance and purpose designed mud room, perfect for gear storage after a day trekking in the park. The bedrooms in each wing enjoy rural, mountain and inlet views, all have luxury bathrooms with solar hot water to provide a great end to each days activities. Two guest lounge areas offer the comfort for leather lounges with ceiling fans for summer and the warmth of environmentally friendly gas log fires in winter. Outside sit quietly on the expansive deck and look directly into the National Park, perhaps catch a glimpse of the kangaroos, wallabies, echidna and wombats.

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Email: info@justinsidethegate.com.au
Website: www.justinsidethegate.com.au
Mobile: 61 408 061 129

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Lyre Bird Hill Winery & Guest House

370 Koonwarra-Inverloch Rd, Gippsland area,
Koonwarra, Victoria 3954

Lyre Bird Hill Winery & Guest House is a family winery offering home style hospitality in a modern homestead. Walk the rail trail, swim at Inverloch, play golf at the nearby Leongatha golf club and visit stunning Wilsons Promontory National Park. Lyre Bird Hill offers three queen size ensuite guest rooms with air conditioning and private entrance. A guest lounge and dining room with an open fire. The guests sitting room has a television, DVD, VCR, CD and radio and tea making facilities. There is a garden terrace and extensive rose gardens as well as fruit orchards. When staying at Lyre Bird Hill Winery and Guest House you will enjoy the fully cooked breakfast of fresh country produce. Please note, that no smoking is allowed on these premises.

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Email: rowen@lyrebirdhill.com.au
Website: www.lyrebirdhill.com.au
Phone: 61 3 5664 3204

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Brigadoon Cottages

108 Haunted Hills Rd, Gippsland area,
Newborough, Victoria 3825

Stay at Brigadoon Cottages, that somewhere special. Be pampered in quality self-contained cottages on an idyllic rural property in the Haunted Hills region of Gippsland. With 15 acres of natural bushland surrounding five acres of rolling lawns, cottage gardens and large specimen trees, Brigadoon Cottages is the perfect spot to relax and unwind. Wake to the sound of birdsong, then meander through rambling gardens, or relax in the shade of magnificent old gum tree. In the evening join friends around a wood fired barbecue, or just curl up in front of your wood fire after a relaxing spa bath. Your choice of accommodation includes the two-storey loft and studio with spa bathrooms and wood fires, Tullamore Cottage with two bedrooms is perfect for families or twin share or Cardhu Cottage with open plan living and a large private courtyard. The cottages offer you romantic bedrooms, spa baths (loft and studio), wood fires (most cottages), air-conditioning, widescreen television, DVD, CD, wireless internet connection, and cooking facilities. Hearty breakfast provision hampers are also available for a small extra charge. Brigadoon Cottages takes great pride in the presentation and quality of their property and cottages and the level of hospitality they offer their guests. Brigadoon Cottages has been featured on Channel Nine's 'Postcards' travel program, The Age '52 Weekends Away' magazine, and recognised with Tourism awards at both State and Regional levels. Just a 90 minute drive from Melbourne and two minutes from the M1 freeway, Brigadoon is the perfect location to explore Gippsland many attractions including historic Walhalla township and the Tarra Bulga temperate rain forest. Whether you enjoy arts and crafts, food and wine, boutique breweries, history and heritage, four wheel driving, bush walking, skydiving, or you just want to relax. It is all here in this special part of Victoria.

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Email: mail@brigadooncottages.com
Website: www.brigadooncottages.com
Phone: 61 3 5127 2656

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Lookout Holiday Units

25 Lookout Road, Gippsland area,
Lakes Entrance, Victoria 3909

Lookout Holiday Units are modern self-catering units situated in a quiet location, yet only five minutes from Lakes Entrance. Each unit has a deck overlooking a bush gully and the ocean. The units are two bedroom with a queen size bed and bunks, which are suitable for four to six people. Linen is provided and there are also barbecue facilities. Two new two bedroom units. Fully equipped with linen, towels, reverse cycle air-conditioning. Suitable for four people with queen beds, corner spa bath, dishwasher, DVD and a private deck with your own barbecue.

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Email: lookoutunits@bigpond.com
Website: lookoutholidayunits.com.au
Phone: 61 3 5155 1381
Mobile: 61 427 930 557

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BIG4 Whiters Holiday Village

55 Roadknight St, Gippsland area,
Lakes Entrance, Victoria 3909

BIG4 Whiters Holiday Village is a quiet family park where you are made to feel welcome. It is central to all facilities, just a short walk from the shops, beaches, clubs, service centres and the footbridge to the 90 mile beach. A great place for all the family to wind down, relax and have a wonderful holiday. The Banksia and Hibiscus, one and two bedroom cabins are comfortable holiday cabins set amongst pleasant shady trees. The villa one, two and three bedroom units are deluxe cabins catering for a couple right through to a large family or group of eight. They have flat screen television and DVD player. They have a large veranda with outdoor settings. The Garden Cottage Apartment Style Units (two Bedroom) have everything you need for the larger family such as dishwasher, washing machine, clothes drier, 37 inch flat screen television and DVD player. All the accommodation is detached, on ground level and have their own individual car parking space. The facilities: Restaurant (Groups Only) Conference and television room, Full size tennis court, three solar heated pools, heated indoor spa, games room, new adventure play ground and indoor barbecues. Families are catered for with large screen movies for the kids over the busy holiday periods. Group bookings are catered for: coaches, family reunions and conferences. The History of this park goes back to 1927, where the inside structure of the now Licensed Rotunda Restaurant was built and the park itself was the very first Registered Camp Park in Australia. BIG4 Whiters Holiday Village aim for the highest standard of quality and cleanliness. To serve the guests to the best of their ability and make them feel welcome.

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Email: info@whiters.com.au
Website: www.whiters.com.au
Phone: 61 3 5155 1343

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Bellevue on the Lakes

201 Esplanade, Gippsland area,
Lakes Entrance, Victoria 3909

Bellevue on the Lakes is one of Victoria's premier coastal resorts with The Boathouse restaurant on-site. Critiqued by Herald sun and rated a Top 10 seafood restaurant in Victoria. The largest range of facilities are available exclusively to all guests of Bellevue including 15 metre indoor heated pool, sauna and brand new nine person heated spa. Relax and enjoy the outdoor solar heated pool and barbecue area. The Boathouse restaurant features modern, yet relaxed surroundings over looking the fishing fleet. Cocktail lounge bar with 42 inch plasma screen and fireplace. Private boat jetty, large event facilities, children's playground, 15 metre beach pit, half size volley ball court and internet cafe. Bellevue on the Lakes is located in the heart of the famous holiday town of Lakes Entrance, the entrance to Gippsland Lakes. The resort style hotel offers many styles of accommodation, including superior rooms, featuring king beds and large two person spa. Ideal for that romantic getaway. There are executive corporate style accommodation options, and two bedroom self-contained apartments for families to relax and unwind. Wireless broadband internet available as well as ten free Austar channels in all rooms. Bellevue on the Lakes boasts a fantastic collection of art work including original works of local artist Dawn Stubbs. The event facilities cater for up to 300 people and they perfectly cater for small and large groups for all kinds of functions including weddings and parties. Let them help you relax and enjoy your next stay at Lakes Entrance. Please contact Bellevue on the Lakes for further details or view their website. It's your choice, naturally.

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Email: info@bellevuelakes.com
Website: www.bellevuelakes.com
Phone: 61 3 5155 3055

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Krowathunkoolong Keeping Place

37 - 53 Dalmahoy St, Gippsland area,
Bairnsdale, Victoria 3875

Krowathunkooloong Keeping Place is a museum housing a vast collection of artifacts, art and information where visitors can learn about the history, heritage and culture of Aboriginal East Gippsland. The displays feature shields with traditional markings, boomerangs, bark canoes, grass baskets, videos and an exhibition of contemporary aboriginal art. Importantly the Keeping Place provides testament to the incredible wealth of culture, heritage and tradition that abounds across the lands of the Gunnai/Kurnai people of Gippsland. It highlights the significant, yet often ignored history of this country,dating back for many thousands of generations. It provides the opportunity to raise awareness and understanding of the true history, and the true value of Australia's Indigenous cultures. The Keeping Place also provide personalised tours for school groups and organisations and is a highlight of any East Gippsland visit.

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Email: rhudson@gegac.org.au
Phone: 61 3 5150 0737

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Maffra Golf Club

Fulton Rd, Gippsland area,
Maffra, Victoria 3860

The Maffra Golf Club is one of the jewels in East Gippsland's golfing crown. Established more than 50 years ago the course is beautifully maintained with mature trees, immaculately grassed fairways and true fast greens which are among the best in country Victoria. The course (Par 72men 6056meters) is quite flat with just a couple of moderate slopes but is no 'pushover' in terms of golfing and requires consistent shots off the tees, the fairways and most importantly on the greens. The clubhouse is available for functions and has a fully licenced bar. For those planning a longer stay, powered caravan sites are also available. Weekly competitions are held on most days and special yearly events are well spaced through the year so have a look at the club website for more details.

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Email: mgc@maffragolf.com.au
Website: www.maffragolf.com.au
Phone: 61 3 5147 1884

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Commando Skydivers

3260 South Gippsland Hwy, Melbourne area,
Tooradin, Victoria 3980

Commando Skydivers is Victoria's longest running skydiving club, with over 51 years of continuous operation. No matter what you are looking for, a Tandem skydive experience, or a Learn to Skydive course, they have just the package for you. Australia's highest skydive from 14,000 foot giving you up to 60 seconds of freefall! They provide complete training, and can even record this special event with a custom DVD and stills photos, so you can re-live your awesome skydiving experience over and over again! Located on the South Gippsland Freeway, Commando Skydivers is the easiest dropzone to drive to, and is only 45 minutes from Melbourne. With an on site restaurant, they encourage you to turn your experience into a memorable adventure and invite your friends and family. Through Summer they also operate over Phillip Island! Commando Skydivers aircraft facilities are built to handle groups of any size and the instructors will ensure your jump is as memorable as it is exhilarating. The flight to height will take you over Westernport Bay, with panoramic views of French Island, Philip Island, Melbourne City, and the Dandenong Ranges.

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Email: bookings@commandoskydivers.com.au
Website: www.commandoskydivers.com.au
Phone: 61 13 0055 5956

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Avon Ridge Vineyard & Function Room

446 stratford maffra road, Gippsland area,
Maffra, Victoria 3860

Avon Ridge Vineyard are an established boutique vineyard set between the picturesque Eastern Gippsland villages, Stratford and Maffra. The vineyard itself is 25 years old, and overlooks an iconic Gippsland view of grapevines, rolling hills, dairy pastures and the Avon River Valley. Thanks to the cool climate, fruit produces deep varietal flavour and elegance. Avon Ridge Vineyard is open for brunch, lunch and dinner presenting a new menu and a new, award-winning chef. The menu will be based on the wide range of high quality Gippsland produce, all available fresh and will complement the award-winning range of wines. Avon Ridge Vineyard's approach is fine dining that all the family can enjoy, so bring everyone along to enjoy the food, the wine and the view. Avon Ridge Vineyard will still be offering the stand-out weddings, functions and Sunday Sippers events that you know and love, so come along and enjoy your old favourites or try something new. You are invited to experience the showcase of handcrafted, award-winning wines, the intimate vineyard, social Sunday Sippers with live music, first-class functions and weddings and an innovative menu of delicious, fresh Gippsland produce.

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Email: gray.sa@avonridgevineyard.com.au
Website: www.avonridgevineyard.com.au
Phone: 61 3 5141 1146
Mobile: 61 427 011 966

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Gippsland Regional Art Gallery

70 Foster Street, Gippsland area,
Sale, Victoria 3850

The Gippsland Art Gallery was established in 1965 as the Sale Regional Arts Centre above the City Library in MacAlister Street, Sale. The Gallery was the first public art venue to open east of Melbourne. A Victorian State Government Grant enabled construction of the Gallery, which was subsequently run by a Committee of Management. The Gallery was staffed entirely by volunteers until its first Director, Gwen Webb was appointed in 1976. It continued to operate as a community gallery until 1994, when it came under the management of the newly formed Wellington Shire Council. The Gallery relocated into the Port of Sale Civic Centre, where it reopened in 1995. Today the Gippsland Art Gallery is a thriving arts hub, hosting artists and exhibitions of national and international significance. The Gallery features three interior exhibition spaces and a sculpture courtyard. The Gallery also houses a significant art reference library, which is open to the public by appointment. Since its establishment in 1965, the focus of the Collection has been Gippsland and the natural environment. Works range in materials from paintings, sculpture, and prints, through to glass, ceramics, and textiles. A selection of works is on display at any one time, while other works in storage can be viewed by appointment. The Gippsland Art Gallery Shop stocks a full range of merchandise from local artists and craftspeople, ranging from jewellery and decorative items, to original artworks and homewares. The Gallery's Book Shop includes hundreds of titles from around the world, with subjects ranging from fine art to design, photography, architecture and travel. The shops range of souvenir postcards and greeting cards will make the perfect memento of your visit. There is something for everyone in the Gallery Shop!

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Email: gallery_enquiries@wellington.vic.gov.au
Website: www.gippslandartgallery.com
Phone: 61 3 5143 3372

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Dargo Heritage Museum

Bairnsdale Dargo Road, Gippsland area,
Dargo, Victoria 3862

The Dargo Heritage Museum is a unique heritage destination offering the tourist an opportunity to quietly wander back in time and feel the toughness of life in Gippsland's high country during the gold mining era. Dargo is not polished in its appearance, rather it is unaffected in its rustic charm. Its remoteness together with this charm, make every visitor to Dargo feel that Dargo is their own discovery. The Dargo Heritage Museum has an array of exhibits and local artifacts showcasing he gold era, mountain cattlemen, high country life and early pioneer days of Gippsland.

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Phone: 61 3 5140 1352

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Gippsland Armed Forces Museum

West Sale Airport, Gippsland area,
Sale, Victoria 3850

The Gippsland Armed Forces Museum aims to preserve Gippsland's military heritage, and provide the means to display and highlight the role played by Gippslanders in the countries Defence Forces, both in peace and war. It is a regional military museum that researches, educates and displays the role that Gippsland men and women of have played in the Defence of our country in times of war and peace from 1885 to the present. The collection includes military service from 1885 to now, items vary from personnel items to weapons both Longarm, Smallarm & Bayonets also includes items from Gallipoli, France, Belguim. Other displays depict photographs, maps, etc. Incororporated into this Collection is the Aucterlonie Collection.

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Email: gafm@vic.australis.com.au
Phone: 61 3 5144 5500

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Coal Creek Community Park and Museum

Coal Creek Community Park and Museum, South Gippsland Highay , Gippsland area,
Korumburra South, Victoria 3950

Come take a walk through time at Coal Creek Community Park and Museum. It is free entry and unlimited fun for the whole family and is always a great day out! Ride the bush tramway, dine in the cafe or simply enjoy the natural surrounds. Visit the animals within the park and enjoy a picnic in one of the many picnic spots around the park. Talk to the volunteers for knowledge on local history and let them amaze you with their skilled craftsmanship. Visit the general store for one of the Victoria's finest displays and demonstrations of yesteryear. Learn the history of Coal from its beginning and see the tools the men used to build their homes and lives within South Gippsland. Discover the hidden treasures that make this park a wonderful venue for your next family event or event a wedding. Groups can book tours of the park and the education program is a must for schools. Join them if you dare and experience the village at night, let the eerie guides lead you through the park in search of those who call Coal Creek home after dark. Ghost Tours run every month and are available for group bookings. Every corner will take you on a journey of history and life of early settlement in Gippsland.

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Email: coalcreek1@southgippland.vic.gov.au
Website: www.coalcreekvillage.com.au
Phone: 61 3 5655 1811

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Bullant Brewery

46 Main Street, Gippsland area,
Bruthen, Victoria 3885

Bullant Brewery Bruthen is located on the Great Alpine Road in Bruthen only 15 minutes from Bairnsdale in East Gippsland. Neil and Lois Triggs are locals who have a passion for beer and food and so they created the Bullant Brewery. The concept for the Bullant Brewery Bruthen is simple: to pair the best onsite brewed beer with the best regionally sourced food. The key word here is "balance" A destination rather than just another boutique brewery. Bullant beers are designed to match their menu just like wine, but they are equally enjoyable as a solely refreshing beverage. The brewery complex is welcoming and generous, purpose built to offer the best facilities. Its skillion rooves and corrugated iron walls complement the local hardwood timbers used in the deck and bar areas. Also the working copper brewhouse can be viewed through large, wide windows. Bullant Brewery invites you to visit and experience the Bullant Brewery Bruthen - the home of 'Beer with bite'.

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Email: enquiries@bullantbrewery.com
Website: www.bullantbrewery.com
Phone: 61 3 5157 5307

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Maffra Sugar Beet Museum

McMahon Drive, Gippsland area,
Maffra, Victoria 3860

The Maffra Sugar Beet Museum is housed primarily in the relocated office and weighbridge of the former Maffra Sugar Beet Factory, with an associated shed containing agricultural machinery. An audio-visual of Sugar Beet growing around Maffra is included, as are small exhibitions on European exploration, Aborigines and pre-history. Archives and photographs are held off-site at Maffra Library. An extensive collection of Architectural plans is held. The Collection contains objects and documents relating to the cultivation of Sugar Beet around Maffra (1896-1848), and the Maffra Sugar beet factory, plus agriculture in general (especially dairy farming) and documents and photographs relating to the former Maffra Shire. Photographs include an extensive collection of the works of H.B. Hammond, photographer at Maffra from c.1907 to the 1940s.

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Mobile: 61 418 573 828

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Lind National Park

Princes Hwy, Gippsland area,
Tonghi Creek, Victoria 3890

One of Victoria's oldest national parks, Lind National Park protects a range of forest communities, including significant areas of warm temperate rainforest. There are limited recreational facilities in the park, so the best way to experience it is by traversing the Euchre Valley Nature Drive. Heritage The park has a gold mining history centred around the creeks. Nearby Club Terrace is named for the Ace of Clubs mine and the terraces of mining spoils that were left behind after the mining operations had ceased. The park was named after Sir Albert Lind, the Minister for Lands who was responsible for the reservation of five of Victoria's National Parks. Before you go Conditions can change in parks for many reasons. For the latest information on changes to local conditions, please visit the relevant park page on the Parks Victoria website. Be bushfire ready in the great outdoors. Refer to the Bushfire Safety section on the Parks Victoria website for tips on how to stay safe.

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Email: info@parks.vic.gov.au
Website: parkweb.vic.gov.au/explore/parks/lind-national-park

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Alpine National Park

Great Alpine Rd, Victoria's High Country Area,
Hotham Heights, Victoria 3741

The Alpine National Park stretches from central Gippsland all the way to the New South Wales border where it adjoins Kosciuszko National Park. Within the park are some of Australia's most stunning alpine landscapes, including mountain peaks, escarpments and grassy high plains. There are plenty of opportunities for bushwalking, from hikes to plunging waterfalls or the summits of Victoria's highest peaks - Mount Feathertop, Mount Bogong and Mount Howitt - to the network of tracks among the Snow Gums, summer wildflowers and historic mountain huts of the Bogong High Plains. Other activities include cross-country skiing (with downhill skiing at adjoining resorts), camping, canoeing, cycling, four-wheel driving and horse riding in the warmer seasons. Aboriginal Traditional Owners Parks Victoria acknowledges the Aboriginal Traditional Owners of Victoria - including its parks and reserves. Through their cultural traditions, the Bidawal, Dhudhuroa, Gunaikurnai, Jaithmathang, Taungurong and Nindi-Ngudjam Ngarigu Monero identify the Alpine National Park as their Traditional Country. Before you go Conditions can change in parks for many reasons. For the latest information on changes to local conditions, please visit the relevant park page on the Parks Victoria website. Be bushfire ready in the great outdoors. Refer to the Bushfire Safety section on the Parks Victoria website for tips on how to stay safe.

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Email: info@parks.vic.gov.au
Website: parkweb.vic.gov.au/explore/parks/alpine-national-park

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Neilsons

13 Seymour Street, Gippsland area,
Traralgon, Victoria 3844

Neilsons has won rave reviews and justly deserves its loyal clientèle. It is a wonderful venue for everything from romantic dinners for two to a special business meeting for a small group. The charming Californian bungalow is as warming as the service and indeed the menu itself. Locally sourced produce, including beef, pork, duck and wine feature on the innovative menu.

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Email: info@neilsons.com.au
Website: www.neilsons.com.au/index.html
Phone: 61 3 5175 0100

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Dutchess

2/146 Flinders Street, Melbourne area,
Melbourne, Victoria 3000

Situated above the recently refurbished Duke of Wellington (Melbourne's oldest pub), Dutchess offers a Manhattan inspired lounge experience featuring expertly crafted cocktails, extensive wine list, innovative food menu and dancing late into the night. Fresh from curating some of the world's hottest venues in New York and London, Ben Hehir takes the reigns at the Dutchess as Venue Manager. The drinks menu created by Ben includes fun and vibrant cocktails, plus a carefully crafted wine list that caters to every palate, with an emphasis on reds to complement the meat oriented menu. The latest offering by Melbourne chef Justin Wise, the Dutchess food menu reflects Wise's fun and daring style. The venue's Raw Bar serves oysters, sashimi and beef tartare, which can be ordered either at the bar or from the dining area. Dry-aged steaks are another prominent feature of the menu, with everything from Gippsland Porterhouse to a Tomahawk Sher Wagyu.

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Email: bookings@dutchess.com.au
Website: http://www.dutchess.com.au
Phone: 61 3 9810 0055

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Jacican

32 Giles Street, Gippsland area,
Mirboo North, Victoria 3871

Jacican - where food is the art form. Homegrown, local food cooked with love, care and flair. Meals, high teas, catering and classes. What can Jacican do? Jaci can cook almost anything - call it modern Australian - grown mostly in the backyard or farmed local to Mirboo North. Jacican can be visited by appointment for groups up to 20, for a meal, cooking class, children's party, High Tea or get together. Where is Jacican? Jacican is situated in the old Mirboo North Dairy, Giles Street, Mirboo North, Victoria, Australia. Please visit the website for more information, including booking information.

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Email: jaci@jacican.com.au
Website: www.jacican.com.au
Phone: 61 3 5668 2475
Mobile: 61 407 577 205

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Spice Island Cooking School

117 Marine Parade, Phillip Island area,
San Remo, Victoria 3925

Spice Island Cooking School in San Remo offers international-style cooking classes on Saturday afternoons for up to 20 people over a fourhour period. There are also themed night classes where students get a chance to cook traditional cuisine from Morocco, France and Spain using fresh produce from the Gippsland region. Classes are geared to people of all cooking skill levels and include complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks.

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Email: info@spiceisland.com.au
Website: www.spiceisland.com.au/si/
Phone: 61 3 5956 7557

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The Coffee Collective

Shop 1 50-52 McBride Ave , Gippsland area,
Wonthaggi, Victoria 3995

Quality coffee, locally-sourced produce and a convivial atmosphere are the hallmarks of this funky cafe. The Coffee Collective is a funky café located in the heart of Wonthaggi, an authentic rural town located in south Gippsland, Victoria. The café's design is a contemporary industrial style space of exposed brick walls, funky counters and polished concrete floors. The space is modern and unpretentious - much like Wonthaggi with its coal mining past and down to earth farming and rural clientele. As the name suggests, coffee is of supreme importance at The Coffee Collective. Customers received Melbourne-quality coffee, each and every visit. With a background in tourism, owners James Archibald and Ella Godbold knew of the amazing food producers in the Gippsland area and wanted to showcase the great local produce on offer. The menu includes slow cooked local pulled pork baguette, South Gippsland beef burger with house-made pickles and the Quinoa burger. Breakfast is also served daily. The flavours are fresh, with a focus on locally sourced products. The Collective's take on food is stylish and modern. The focus is simple local, organic and sustainable food served alongside Gippsland's best coffee offering.

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Email: social@thecoffeecollective.com.au
Website: www.thecoffeecollective.com.au
Phone: 61 3 5672 4555
Mobile: 61 439 575 341

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Manly Grill

30-31 South Steyne,, Sydney,
Sydney Suburbs, New South Wales 2095

Perched right on the beach front, Manly Grill is a local favourite – celebrated for its generously portioned meals, beautiful views and suave surrounds. This popular steakhouse specialises in grilled seafood and prime cut meats – featuring Gippsland aged beef and produce which is pasture-fed and free from hormones, growth promo-tents and antibiotics.

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Email: info@manlygrill.com.au
Phone: 61 2 9977 0997

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Brandy Creek Wines & View Café

570 Buln Buln Road, Gippsland area,
Drouin East, Victoria 3818

Nestled in the green hills of West Gippsland, Brandy Creek Wines and View Cafe offers visitors and quirky combination of tapas and cool climate drops. The cafe offers views over the vineyard, olive groves and neighbouring farms. On the menu are tasty little share dishes or large paella feasts. Brazilian churrasco also makes an appearance, with meats and seafood on skewers carved directly onto your plate.

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Email: info@brandycreekwines.com.au
Phone: 61 3 5625 4498

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Claypot Curry House and Santhosa B&B

733 Turnbull-Woolamai Rd, Gippsland area,
Woolamai, Victoria 3995

Want to re-live or experience the ambience of Sri Lankan village life? Claypot Curry House is the place to visit. Authentic Sri Lankan food cooked by the family and served in the most exquisite home-style restaurant. The fresh vegetables are grown on the premises and are chemical free. You will no doubt taste the difference in the freshly cooked home produce. Claypot Curry House caters to individual and group tastes by negotiating the menu when a booking is made. Most of the curries are cooked in clay pots and the owners of Claypot Curry House pride themselves on the quality and taste of their curries. Home made chutneys and other products for sale. Claypot Curry House also conducts cooking classes for groups. You could be cooking a typical Sri Lankan meal by the end of the first lesson. Visitors are encouraged to stroll in the vegie patch during the warmer season to touch and feel the vegies been grown and also experience the smell of some exotic Sri Lankan vegetables. They now have their own B&B "Santhosa" and yoga and meditation centre. The B&B is a unique one which accommodates up to six persons. For further details go to: Santhosa.com.au.

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Email: claypot@claypotcurryhouse.com.au
Website: www.claypotcurryhouse.com.au
Mobile: 61 425 748 907

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Dutchies Stonegrill

1 Vista Place,
, Victoria 3925

A treat in Phillip Island, Dutchies Stonegrill is more than just a steakhouse. Thanks to its unique location, the best of Victoria's frutti di mare and land produce, including beef from the Gippsland cape are locally sourced at Dutchies for an unforgettable dining experience. For a little table theatre, diners are treated to an array of seafood and meats dishes, grilled tableside atop a stone-grill.

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Email: julie.brandon@bigpond.com.au
Phone: 61 3 5956 9000

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One@One at The Esplanade

1 Esplanade,
, Victoria 3909

The Esplanade Resort & Spa is perfectly located between two pristine stretches of water forming the eastern end of the Gippsland Lakes at Lakes Entrance. One@One offers Modern Australian cuisine with a warm and casual atmosphere, championing fresh local seafood and produce. The restaurant opens up with large bi-fold glass doors and a Vergola roof to give an indoor outdoor experience in the warmer months and the timber deck is a great place to enjoy a pre-dinner drink overlooking the lake and the pool.

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Email: holiday@esplanaderesort.com.au
Phone: 61 0 0 557 759

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The Rusty Windmill

45 McCartin St, Gippsland area,
Leongatha, Victoria 3953

The Rusty Windmill prides itself on providing beautiful food prepared daily on the premises by the hard working team. The restaurant tries to use only local produce which means you are getting the freshest ingredients to enjoy. The Rusty Windmill serve great coffee and an array of cakes and muffins, and of course devonshire tea for a nice relaxing morning or afternoon tea. The Rusty Windmill has both indoor and outdoor seating and are kid friendly. There is also a pantry where you can purchase many types of jams, sauces, cordial and much more which is made on site by the great team.

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Website: http://www.therustywindmill.com.au/
Phone: 61 3 5662 5878

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Vela 9

9 Abeckett Street,
, Victoria 3996

A little tapas and wine bar in Gippsland, Vela 9 is a cosy spot to whittle away the hours. With its beautiful country setting that's perfect for couples or small groups, there is a generous tapas and a la carte menu on offer that combines European influences and an extensive wine menu to choose from. To finish, try one of the signature desserts to share.

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Email: info@velanine.com.au
Phone: 61 3 5674 1188

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Gippsland Food Adventures

1720 Buffalo-Waratah Road, Gippsland area,
Tarwin Lower, Victoria 3956

Gippsland Food Adventures takes you off the beaten track to give you a true taste of Gippsland. Small group tours of four to ten people venturing beyond the farm gate to meet the farmers, hear the stories, and feel the passion behind some of Gippsland's finest produce. The travel menu features farms producing free-range beef and lamb, and olive oil and cool climate wines. Hosts Jenny and Paul offer half or full day food adventures that are full of fun, interesting information and delicious tastings. Each food adventure includes transport and a specially catered lunch and morning tea featuring quality Gippsland produce. Discover the raw beauty of this region with the uplifting experience of food, stories, scenic coast and countryside. Choose the Food Adventure that will tantalises your taste buds: The Tarwin Valley Adventure: a full-day food extravaganza celebrating the region's Mediterranean flavour. Visit a beef and sheep farm, as well as an award-winning olive grove and vineyard. The Malabar Family Adventure: this entertaining and educational half-day tour is designed to show children where and how their food is grown. Corporate Adventure: Escape the office environment for one or two days, and let them design a unique package to meet your group's needs for strategic planning, leadership training or team building. All with the opportunity for farm visits, wine master classes and Gippsland gourmet food to be weaved into the programme. Whatever your tastes, Gippsland Food Adventures can create a package to satisfy you. Send them your wishlist and let Gippsland Food Adventures do the rest. Contact them now to arrange your personalised Gippsland Food Adventure or view their website.

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Email: jenny@gippslandfoodadventures.com.au
Website: www.gippslandfoodadventures.com.au
Phone: 61 3 5663 2386
Mobile: 61 419 153 377

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Aussie Koala Tours

Gavan street, Victoria's High Country Area,
Bright, Victoria 3741

Aussie Koala Tours offering tours from September through to May. Enjoy a tour around the beautiful townships of Bright, Beechworth, Glenrowan, Mount Buffalo or any other areas on request. Your tour guide is Mike who is a trained and experienced Wellington Visitor information Officer Volunteer with extensive knowledge of Gippsland and the Alpine High Country. Travel in luxury and style in his seven seater Landrover Discovery 4. Airconditioning and heating with comfortable seating. Mike is a safe and caring driver, experienced Parks Victoria licensed tour operator. Please contact Mike for further information.

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Email: aussiekoalatours16@gmail.com
Mobile: 61 400 094 490

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Buckle Up Bushrides

769 Chapel Hill Road, Victoria's High Country Area,
Boorolite, Victoria 3723

Buckle Up Bushrides offer High Country horse riding at its best. Discover the beauty and history of Victoria's High Country with an unforgettable horseback adventure with your hosts Paul and Shelly. Paul Skvor is the great, great grandson of William Mitchell Lovick who settled the district in 1871. His grandfather, Jack Lovick began horseback riding tours in the 1960′s and today, the tradition still lives on. Paul's partner Shelly, born in in Gippsland has been bush riding since she was a child and first came to the area after doing a horse safari with Jack's son Charlie back in 2000. Both Paul and Shelly rode for Charlie Lovick for many years before being encouraged to branch out on their own. The Man from Snowy River movies was filmed through out the area with Paul's family playing a big part in the making of these movies. Operating out of the Boorolite Valley, Buckle Up Bushrides have tours catering to riders of all levels. From beginner right through to experienced horsemen, their horses have wonderful temperaments and are hardy bush horses. Buckle Up Bushrides pride themselves on providing the best possible tour and experience the region has to offer. Buckle Up offer anything from two hours up to full day rides, weekend rides, Craig's Hut rides, Howqua river rides, and kids and family camps. For groups ask us about our tailored rides to suit your needs. With vast landscapes to explore, from the moment you arrive to the moment you step down out of the saddle for the final time there is always something new to see and do on a High Country horse ride. Join Buckle Up Bushrides today for a horseback adventure to remember forever. For full details of all tours and accommodation, please visit the website.

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Email: paulandshelly@buckleupbushrides.com
Website: www.buckleupbushrides.com.au
Mobile: 61 402 103 234

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Kraken Tours

Fisherman's Way, Gippsland area,
Port Franklin, Victoria 3964

Whether you are after a high speed blast, an exhilarating trip down Wilson's Prom's amazing coast or a private charter trip of your making, Kraken Tours is ready to give you some fun on the water! High speed boat rides are run at St. Kilda on weekends and kiteboarding lessons are available at either Sandy Point or Inverloch in Gippsland. The Prom Coast Discovery tour is a must for anyone visiting Gippsland or the Wilsons Prom area. The Kraken is an open RIB and is an exhilarating ride, but be warned, the ride is subject to wind, waves and the extreme possibility (and fun) of getting wet. Spray pants and jackets are available. Bookings are essential and the trip is subject to wind and weather conditions. Minimum passengers 2 and maximum 6.

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Website: www.krakentours.com
Mobile: 61 401 376 775

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Lonsdale Cruises

Cunningham Quay, The Esplanade, Gippsland area,
Lakes Entrance, Victoria 3909

Lonsdale Cruises are located at Cunningham Quay in Lakes Entrance and offer a totally different cruising experience. Your cruise includes a three hour, 28 kilometre cruise. A scenic cruise bonus will be to sight the dolphins that frequent the Lake system from around end-April through to December. During the winter and spring period you will often see baby and juvenile dolphins with the mothers and groups (pods); during these times great care is exercised not to harass them. Lonsdale Cruises will always try to locate pods of dolphin for your visual pleasure but of course they are wild creatures and at times are in areas beyond view and control, therefore cannot always guarantee sightings. Expert commentary will be given by skipper Tony, a 4th generation seaman and a local character with an inimitable sense of humour and extensive knowledge of the Gippsland Lakes area and its most interesting history. Tea and coffee will be available with freshly baked scones. There is also have a range of beers, wines and soft drink on board at bar prices. The Lonsdale is great for private functions - whether a corporate or a family occasion. Call the skipper to discuss your requirements and for a competitive quote for your charter.

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Email: lonsdalecruises@hotmail.com
Website: www.lakesentrance.com/cruises/lonsdale-cruises.html
Phone: 61 4 1366 6638
Mobile: 61 413 666 638

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Gippsland High Country Tours

PO Box 69, Gippsland area,
Bruthen, Victoria 3885

Escape from the pressures of your everyday life and experience the serenity and solitude of the High Country and East Gippsland on a range of Eco-tours and walks with Gippsland High Country Tours. Gaze over a sea of mountains, breathe in the clear mountain air and touch the smooth trunks of the snow-gums. Experience deserted beaches or ancient forests. Relax and take time to smell the fragrant bush scents and listen to the bird calls amidst the tranquillity of the forest. Wander along fern-lined tracks beneath towering eucalypts or across alpine grasslands with wildflowers at your feet. Take your time, appreciate the beauty and listen as your guide explains the interaction of plants and animals who call the High Country home. Wildlife sightings are common and leisurely pace allows time for bird watching. Join a small friendly group of nature lovers led by experienced local guides keen to share their love and knowledge of the High Country with you. Magnificent scenery, rich history and diverse flora and fauna. Your guides know too that you need a balance of activity and relaxation time, so as well as structured activities and walking, each departure allows time to relax and enjoy nature and the unique environments you visit. Enjoy solitude, peace and tranquillity and return home truly refreshed. Regular departures offer choices of easy Ecotours with short walks, Walking Ecotours with moderate day walks, and sometimes challenging bushwalks exploring wilderness areas for serious adventurers. Choose accommodation or camping. Special departures include participation in wildlife research projects, offering a chance to contribute to conservation of threatened species. Destinations include Alpine National Park, Errinundra National Park, Snowy River National Park, Croajingolong National Park and Mitchell River National Park. Please contact operator for more details on the current program or visit the website.

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Email: info@gippslandhighcountrytours.com.au
Website: www.gippslandhighcountrytours.com.au
Phone: 61 3 5157 5556

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Mountain-Top Experience

45 McLean St, Gippsland area,
Morwell, Victoria 3840

Get ready for an exciting four-wheel drive adventure with Mountain-Top Experience! Experience a fully equipped Land Rover Defender four-wheel drive expedition vehicle. With up to five people on-board, hear the turbo-diesel humming, as you wind up into the spectacular Victorian Alps. The tough four-wheel driving trails are handled capably thanks to big mud terrain tyres, supple suspension and your prior driver training with the Mountain-Top Experience team. Cresting a ridge brings awesome views of endless ranges of mountain wilderness. Later, at your first river crossing you stop for lunch and cool off in the crystal-clear water. Your route then takes you through the site of an old gold-mining town where you take time out to explore. Finding a grassy clearing for the night, the camping gear is set up quickly. The evening meal is now sizzling over an open campfire as you relax with a coffee in hand. Your adventure of a lifetime with Mountain-Top Experience has begun. Hire a fully equipped self-drive vehicle, join a scheduled trip as a passenger or bring your own 4WD as a tag-along. Advanced 4WD driver training courses are conducted from our motel at Mountain Rivers Tourist Park at Rawson. We also run 4WD tours around Walhalla and Licola for large groups, Mt Baw Baw snow transport in winter, and Latrobe Valley Power Industry Tours. Mountain-Top Experience have have been operating for over 15 years. They have 12 vehicles (4WD and mini-buses), a great team of drivers and guides. Mountain-Top Experience were a Victorian Tourism Award winner in 2003, and have won various regional awards and a cruise ship excellence award for shore excursions. For any further information please contact Mountain-Top Experience or view their website.

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Email: camier@mountaintopexperience.com
Website: www.mountaintopexperience.com
Phone: 61 3 5134 6876
Mobile: 61 429 121 952

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Snowy River Cycling

18 Nicholson St, Gippsland area,
Orbost, Victoria 3888

Snowy River Cycling is waiting to share with you one of the best kept cycle touring secrets in Australia: the crumpled green bottom right hand corner of Australia that is East Gippsland. The diverse region ranges from high alpine meadows studded by snow gums, deep river gorges, rainforest, wild rivers to a coastline populated by more seals than people. The East Gippsland Rail Trail traverses the region, offering superb cycling following a former railway line through forests and farmland for nearly 100 kilometres from Bairnsdale to Orbost, linking the Gippsland Lakes with the Snowy River. Snowy River Cycling Self Guided Rail Trail tours allow you to explore the area at your own time and pace. Snowy River Cycling will tailor a journey for you of two to four days or more, providing you with a bike, helmet and day bag, book your accommodation, transfer your luggage and arrange your return transport, as well as providing maps and information to make your journey more enjoyable. If you just want a short bike, for half a day or just a couple of hours, the 'Snowy River Day Rides' allow you to explore the rich farmland and stunning views from mountains to sea around the Snowy River at its journeys end, near Orbost in East Gippsland. All gear is supplied: bicycle, helmet, maps and advice to ensure a superb days cycling, whether you just want a gentle pedal, or a longer more challenging ride. Guided tours take you through the more remote places in the region, on tours of up to six days that may explore from high Alpine meadows to a wild coastline, or follow quiet back roads along peaceful rivers. Over peak holiday times guided one day rides are offered to rarely visited gems of the Far East Gippsland landscape.

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Email: snowyrivercycling@bigpond.com
Website: www.snowyrivercycling.com.au
Mobile: 61 428 556 088

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Rafting Australia

80 Bonds Rd, Victoria's High Country Area,
Nariel valley, Victoria 3705

Live your other life experiencing some of the greatest whitewater journeys on Earth. Rafting Australia offers whitewater rafting on the Mitta Mitta, Murray, Snowy, Murrumbidgee, Lower Mitta and Upper Murray Rivers. These rivers are located in the majestic Alpine National Park East Gippsland VIC the Kosciuszko National Park NSW, Snowy Mountains and Canberra Nature Reserve ACT. Rafting Australia also offer some of the smaller rivers close to Melbourne such as the King, Big and Goulburn for Schools and corporate bookings. From individuals, small or large groups, families, customised school, youth and church bookings or corporate team building itineraries, Rafting Australia have the adventure for you. With over 29 years Whitewater experience, the latest equipment, friendly guides and staff, Rafting Australia are confident you will agree with over 20,000 satisfied thrill-seekers that Rafting Australia is the best choice.

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Email: tracey.lonard@raftingaustralia.com
Website: www.raftingaustralia.com.au
Phone: 61 2 6077 1164

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O'Shannessy's Quality Tours

2121 Point Nepean Road, Mornington Peninsula area,
Rye, Victoria 3941

O'Shannessy's Quality Tours offer coach tours for senior clientele within Australia, including a number of extended tours into Western Australia. They offer personal pick up from home within our pick up area of Greater Melbourne, Ballarat, Geelong, the Bellarine and Mornington Peninsulas and some areas of Gippsland. If you are from interstate, they can organise flights and accommodation pre and post tour. The tour prices include accommodation, meals, entry fees, cruises and airfares where flights are involved. Their coaches are state of the art luxury coaches equipped with restroom, seatbelts and extra leg room. The coaches have a 'kneeling' device and a second door for ease of entry and disembarkation. Call the friendly staff for their current Touring Program.

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Email: enquiries@oshannessys.com.au
Website: www.oshannessys.com.au
Phone: 61 3 5985 2377

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Packers High Country Horse Riding

Callaghans Rd, Gippsland area,
Anglers Rest, Victoria 3898

Packers High Country Horse Riding is situated in remote farmland of the Bundarrah Valley, in the mountainous Omeo district and offer hourly to multi-day rides. Treks are on offer for all standards and ages of riders and can be tailor made to your convenience. Once out the gate, you will be crossing rivers and riding along narrow bush tracks through forests not touched by man, a true wilderness experience. Treks follow along routes that were once used by Indigenous Australians who showed the early explorers, goldminers and cattlemen the way through the mountains. You seldom see others except for the group you ride with. Enjoy a great picnic lunch out bush then at night settle around the campfire, telling tall tales and listening to the sounds of the bush as a memorable camp oven dinner is cooked for you. A favourite half day ride is one that leads to the Blue Duck Inn,a pub in the middle of nowhere alongside the Cobungra River. A ride through the bush then a sip at the pub, and a shorter trek home, whatever the weather. Two comfortable eco-friendly rustic bush huts are available to those wanting a break away somewhere more remote. They are self-contained or catering can be arranged. Also available for riders, and non-riders is Packers Mountain Stay lodge style accommodation.

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Email: hdpacker@bigpond.com
Website: www.horsetreks.com
Phone: 61 3 5159 7241

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Inverloch Tours

14 A'Beckett , Gippsland area,
Inverloch, Victoria 3996

Inverloch Tours aim to give you an experience which you will remember for the rest of your life. Inverloch Tours can take you on what is undoubtedly one of the best tour experiences anywhere in the world with the Wildlife Explorer Deluxe, which takes you to see Wildlife in their native environment, and includes a helicopter flight and a cruise. You will experience the best of Bass Coast, Phillip Island, Wilsons Prom, Phillip Island Nature Park, The Penguin Parade, The Koala Conservation Centre and Churchill Island. Enjoy the unique Wine and Fresh Produce tour that will show you some very special places with fresh produce and full bodied wines. Travel with Inverloch Tours and your day will be filled with breathtaking moments. Don't forget your camera.

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Email: greataustralia@bigpond.com
Website: inverlochtours.com/
Mobile: 61 447 054 112

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Inverloch Hire Boats and Charters

Treadwells Rd, Gippsland area,
Inverloch, Victoria 3996

Inverloch Hire Boats and Charters offer licensed boats for hire as well as a skippered charter vessel and eco tours. Hire and drive boats are available for hire, licensed to seat four, five, six, and 13 passengers. No boat license is required. All safety gear supplied and is located four kilometres from Inverloch. Kayaks are also available for hire. The 8.5m charter vessel Leesha is available for private charters, functions and offshore and inlet fishing trips. Licensed for 13 passengers. Offshore trips include a Bunurong Marine Park Eco tour, which is a two hour return trip from Inverloch to Cape Paterson, stopping in at Eagle's nest, The Caves, Twin reefs and Shack Bay. Swimming and snorkelling off the back of the boat is popular during summer. Overnight offshore trips also available, price on application.

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Email: info@alumarine.net.au
Phone: 61 3 5674 5588
Mobile: 61 427 745 588

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Riviera Nautic

185 -187 Metung Rd, Gippsland area,
Metung, Victoria 3904

Riviera Nautic has one of Australia's finest fleets for yachts and motor cruisers and the Gippsland Lakes are second to none for safe cruising with lots of easily reached and very beautiful destinations. Their wonderful boating holidays are a complete change from the everyday world - making them so special and relaxing. The Lakes are sheltered from the ocean by a thin line of sand dune that forms the Ninety Mile Beach. There are two national parks, small port-side towns with restaurants and pubs, three rivers for cruising and fishing, and vast expanses of lake for outstanding sailing. No rocks, reefs or tides - so the boating is easy and safe. The yachts offer everything from exciting challenge to quiet cruising: for sailors with lots of experience or those who wish to learn to sail for a lifetime's pleasure. The cruisers are a wonderfully relaxing way to explore the Lakes, even if you've never stepped on board a boat before. The holidays are backed by outstanding service and Australia's most prestigious tourism award - the Australian Tourism Hall of Fame. If you only have a few hours to spare, Riviera Nautic also offer a fleet of day boats, kayaks and scenic cruises onboard 'Riviera Scenic'. Riviera Scenic offers regular afternoon cruises that are a superb way to sit back and relax, whilst their experienced staff show you around the Gippsland Lakes.

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Email: info@rivieranautic.com.au
Website: www.rivieranautic.com.au
Phone: 61 3 5156 2243

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Great East Rail Trail Ride

Princes Hwy, Gippsland area,
Bairnsdale, Victoria 3875

The Great East Rail Trail Ride is a gentle journey on the 100 kilometre East Gippsland Rail Trail. No traffic. Gentle hills. Forest, farmland and friendly country towns. Picnics by river, lake and vines. Are you coming? The Great East Rail Trail Ride is a fully supported three day cycle event along the 100 kilometre East Gippsland Rail Trail. This is a little Great Ride, with numbers limited to 120 people to ensure a splendid time is had by all. With a daily riding distance between 30 and 40 kilometres (with Extra Sweat options provided for those who would like to ride further) this Great Ride is fabulous for families, new cyclists, old cyclists and those for whom cycling simply fills the intervals between eating and drinking. Rail trails are for cyclists, walkers and horse riders only, so there will be no vehicular traffic along the route. Perfect for children and autophobes (Extra Sweat options may be on road). All meals will be provided for you (picnics, country pubs and fresh air breakfasts); support along the route (sag wagon, first aid, water, kind and helpful people); transfer of your luggage each day, entertainment each night and at the end of the trail and transport for you and your bike back to the start point. Campsite accommodation is also provided to you with the option to upgrade to a cottage or pub and if you do not have a suitable bike you can hire a bike for the tour.

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Email: ride@snowyrivercycling.com.au
Website: greateast.com.au
Mobile: 61 428 556 088

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Kilcunda Lobster Festival

Bass Highway, Gippsland area,
Kilcunda, Victoria 3995

Join the Annual Kilcunda Lobster Festival at the Kilcunda foreshore car park for the 31st year of this family friendly event. The festival runs from 9am to 4pm or until all lobsters are sold. Live music all day, monster raffle, carnival rides and amusements, emergency service displays. Lobster sales and lunches, Chance your luck on the Lobster Spinning Wheel all day or in the monster raffle drawn at 3pm. Hot food and drinks available and loads of market stalls. A great day for the family down on the coast at Kilcunda. All proceeds to the Kilcunda and local communities. Foreshore car park, Bass Highway, Kilcunda. All details can be found on the Kilcunda Community Development Association website.

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Email: secretary@kcda.org.au
Website: www.kcda.org.au/
Mobile: 61 400 065 253

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Heyfield Sustainable Living Festival

9 George Street, Gippsland area,
Heyfield, Victoria 3858

Heyfield Sustainable Living Festival will be conducted in Heyfield by the award winning Heyfield Community Resource Centre, well known and respected in the world of sustainability. The centre has received many awards and the next stage of the sustainability program is to showcase the new and emerging technologies for homes and businesses. The centre is a true a community resource with staff and volunteers delivery many varied program to the community. As well as being a not for profit organisation and have been operating for 30 years in Heyfield their reputation as a reliable and ethically sound organisation is well known. The Festival will be held on the grounds situated between George and Mary Street in Heyfield (opposite the pool). These grounds are large enough to host our trade exhibitions, food stalls, family fun activities and the many visitors that will be attending on the day. The Festival has been visited by over 2,000 spectators and 68 exhibitors show casing their products and sustainable practices. Focusing on sustainable living options, the Festival will be a valuable way for businesses and community organisations to interact with the public. Exhibitors will be able to showcase their products, conduct demonstrations and provide practical information. Come and see new garden techniques to alternate power sources to water conservation to electric and hybrid cars and the larger life choices, it will all be there. Learn from the sustainable practices of others. Please see the website for further information.

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Email: coordinator@heyfield.net
Website: heyfield.net/events/sustainability-festival/
Phone: 61 3 5148 2100
Mobile: 61 412 969 838

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Arts Prom Country, Leongatha Art and Photography Show

Michael Place, Gippsland area,
Leongatha, Victoria 3953

In its 39th year, the annual Arts Prom Country, Leongatha Art and Photography Show is produced by Leongatha Rotary Club. It attracts entries from local, state wide and interstate. Artists compete for awards to the value of $5000. The show is one of the major art shows in Gippsland and is a picturesque two hour drive from Melbourne. The venue is the Memorial Hall in Leongatha and entry is via Michael Place. Make a lovely day of it, visit the art show, wineries, art galleries, museums and enjoy the wonders of Gippsland. Please see the website for more information.

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Email: harry@skymesh.com.au
Website: www.leongatharotary.org.au
Phone: 61 3 5664 1383
Mobile: 61 418 363 299

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Jindivick @ Narkoojee Sculpture Show 2015

Jacksons Track, Gippsland area,
Jindivick, Victoria 3818

The 2015 Jindivick and Narkoojee Sculpture Show features three acquisition awards, with a total prize pool of $8500. This makes it one of the largest sculpture awards in Gippsland. All entries are for sale, and will be displayed in the village of Jindivick for two weeks in May. Ten selected entries will then be relocated to Narkoojee Wines, Glengarry. The show will have the theme of Sharing Food and Wine. The show will be held in Jindivick, a delightful small town in West Gippsland, Victoria. (Approximately 100 kilometres east of Melbourne) from 9 May, 2015 to 24 May, 2015 and then at Narkoojee Wines, Glengarry, near Traralgon in the Latrobe Valley from 30 May, 2015 to 27 September, 2015. At Narkoojee the exhibition will coincide with a concert by the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra on Sunday 27th September.

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Website: www.jindivick.org.au/sculpture-show
Phone: 61 3 5626 7237

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Heyfield Vintage Steam Rally

Gordon Street, Gippsland area,
Heyfield, Victoria 3858

The Heyfield & District Vintage Machinery Group Inc are a group that share a common interest in the restoration and preservation of vintage engines, vehicles, steam machinery and memorabilia. The group hold an annual rally every May in Heyfield at the recreation reserve. Every year Club Members, along with fellow enthusiasts from other Clubs throughout Victoria and even New South Wales, fill the Gordon Street Recreation Reserve with their pride and joy. Everything from Stationary Engines of all shapes and sizes to Steam Engines and Boilers, Vintage Cars, Trucks, Tractors, Motorbikes and Memorabilia can be seen over the course of the weekend. The Family always has plenty to look at at the Rally. Blacksmith Demonstrations, Working Exhibits, Various Stalls, Daily Grand Parade, Tractor Pull and this year sees the introduction of Miniature Paddle Steamers to the Rally. It is more than enough to keep everyone entertained, from the toddlers through to the grandparents!

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Email: hdvmg@bigpond.com
Phone: 61 3 5148 0531

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Forest - Paintings by Cynthia Boyle

2 Nicholson Street , Gippsland area,
Bairnsdale, Victoria 3875

Forest is much more than just a number of trees close together. There are sudden bursts of sunlight, glimpses of birds, drifts of fog, gusts of wind, all affecting the perception of Forest. In Cynthia Boyle's Forest, each painting attempts to capture some aspect of the sensory experience of being in a forest. Some return to the same subject in different seasons. As well as her home forests of East Gippsland they include forest experiences from travels in Victoria, Western Australia, Queensland and Tasmania. Cynthia thinks of them as intimate landscapes. The paintings are all acrylic on canvas. This choice was to give scope to the use of layered colour to create impressions of tone, movement and mood. The chosen square format created a design challenge with each painting. Often layering of image and colour flattens the space. The techniques have evolved from a lifetime of watercolour painting as well as studies of colour theory. Many sketches and drawings as well as experiences walking and driving through forests underpin each painting. I rarely work from photographs, preferring to draw on site to experience the sounds and smells as well as the sight. Most of the paintings are then realised in the studio relying on sketches, notes and memory. The Forest project has interested and engaged Cymthia for over two years and continues to do so. Opening night 6:00pm, 27 March. Normal Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Friday 10am-4pm Saturday 10am-2pm

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Email: admin@eastgippslandartgallery.org.au
Website: www.eastgippslandartgallery.org.au
Phone: 61 3 5153 1988

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Harvest of Wellington Food and Wine Festival

Various Venues, Gippsland area,
Tinamba, Victoria 3859

Wellington Shire Council, Wines of East Gippsland and Wellington Regional Tourism present the inaugural Harvest of Wellington Food and Wine Festival with events spanning across the Wellington region. The Harvest of Wellington aims to spotlight the wonderful food and wine that the Wellington region produces. The festival will continue to showcase the Tinamba Food and Wine Festival as the major event on the calendar, as well as events that will bring visitors to the producers' doors. For more information visit the website or Facebook page Harvest of Wellington.

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Email: wrt@tourismwellington.com.au
Website: www.wellingtonregionaltourism.com.au/

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James Gleeson: Microcosms and Macrocosms

138 Commercial Road, Gippsland area,
Morwell, Victoria 3840

The paintings of James Gleeson reveal powerful and complex relationships between the human psyche and human experience - between myth and reality. His representations of natural and supernatural phenomena suggest a primordial past from which humankind has emerged and an apocalyptic future towards which humans are destined. Gleeson's paintings are a potent reminder that human kind is one small component within the grand scheme of the cosmos.

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Phone: 61 3 5128 5700

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Gourmet Sausage Making with Rosedale Butchers

32 Prince Street, Gippsland area,
Rosedale, Victoria 3847

Come along and learn how to make gourmet sausages and wow your friends at your next barbecue with the Gourmet Sausage Making with Rosedale Butchers. Pair flavourings in your sausages with locally sourced meats. Wellington Shire Council, Wines of East Gippsland and Wellington Regional Tourism are coming together to present the inaugural Harvest of Wellington food and wine festival. The festival will run from Friday 10 April through to Sunday 19 April, 2015. The Harvest of Wellington aims to spotlight the wonderful food and wine that the Wellington region is known to produce.

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Email: wrt@tourismwellington.com.au
Website: www.wellingtonregionaltourism.com.au

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Harmony Lane Grand Opening

Surf Drive, Gippsland area,
Venus Bay, Victoria 3956

Welcome to the grand opening to Harmony Lane - a local artisan gallery and boutique producer store. Inspired by many wonderful stall holders at the Tarwin Local Market who continually produce unique pieces, the gallery and store aims to feature and promote the great artists of the South Gippsland and Bass Coast region. All items will be sold on a commission basis. Perishable goods will be considered at the sellers risk. Any profits would go to the running of the Harmony Lane Wildlife Rehabilitation. Please contact the operator for more information.

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Email: elizabethaveling@hotmail.com

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High Tea at Victoria Rose Tea Rooms

42 Prince Street, Gippsland area,
Rosedale, Victoria 3847

Come along and experience High Tea with the Victoria Rose Tea Rooms. Local produce including jams from Tarra Valley Foods (Rosedale), a glass of Glenmaggie or Blue Gables champagne and house made scones and a variety of sweet dishes. Cost: $20 per person Wellington Shire Council, Wines of East Gippsland and Wellington Regional Tourism are coming together to present the inaugural Harvest of Wellington food and wine festival. The festival will run from Friday 10 April through to Sunday 19 April, 2015. The Harvest of Wellington aims to spotlight the wonderful food and wine that the Wellington region is known to produce.

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Email: wrt@tourismwellington.com.au
Website: www.wellingtonregionaltourism.com.au

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V/Line

Canberra Railway Station, Wentworth Avenue, Canberra,
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2604

V/Line offers a Canberra Link service daily rail/coach link from Melbourne to Canberra via Albury. Capital Link (V/Line) operates two services a week rail/coach from Melbourne to Canberra (via Gippsland, Bairnsdale, Lakes Entrance and Cooma). A third service operates during Victorian school holidays. Tickets can be purchased over the phone, via the internet, or from the Countrylink counter at the Canberra Railway Station.

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Website: www.vline.com.au

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