Gippsland, Victoria © Visit Victoria
Guide to Gippsland
- Getting to Gippsland
- When to visit
Brimming with incredible nature and culinary experiences, Gippsland guarantees the perfect indulgent escape.
Stretching 542km (337mi) from Melbourne to the New South Wales border, Gippsland is a natural playground with surprising pockets of gourmet food and wine. If you’re seeking unforgettable wilderness adventures and wildlife encounters, Wilson’s Promontory and Tarra Bulga National Parks deliver in spades. Cruise along the glistening blue waterways of Gippsland Lakes, bike ride through quaint towns and marvel at landscapes spanning country to coast.
Gippsland’s large size means there are several cities and townships to discover. The driving distance from Melbourne will depend on the area of Gippsland you’re visiting. Hire a car from Melbourne Airport or Melbourne city and drive under two hours to explore western Gippsland, and about four hours to reach East Gippsland.
You can explore the full stretch of Gippsland along the Sydney to Melbourne coastal drive.
Gippsland experiences four distinct seasons, but you’ll find that the weather varies between the mountains and valleys, and coastal and inland areas. If you’d like to sip wine while cosied up near a fire, then head to Gippsland in late autumn and winter (May to August). Alternatively, if the region’s hiking trails are calling, visit anytime from September to May.
- High season: Summer (December to February) and school holiday periods
- Low season: Winter (June to August)