Sydney to Melbourne Coastal Drive
Leg 2: Walhalla to Lakes Entrance
201 km / 125 miles, about 3 hr
Rouse yourself from the place that time has forgotten and depart from Walhalla for the next stage of your journey. Make sure you've thanked the dozen or so locals for the hospitality shown in their pristine heritage buildings, and soaked up the stories of the glorious gold rush when Walhalla was one of the richest places in Australia.
Welcoming West Gippsland
Continue your drive, stopping only to gather smoked meats, venison, cheeses, organic fruit and vegetables, preserves and fine wines from the bountiful farms in the lush green countryside of Central and West Gippsland.
Arrive in Sale and choose from a range of indoor or outdoor activities to occupy your time, from the Sale Wetlands to the Gippsland Regional Art Gallery and the Historical Museum. Book a boat charter and drop a line into the Ninety Mile Beach and the Gippsland Lakes.
Make your way in the direction of the coast at Bairnsdale, another regional hub. Discover elements of Koorie history and view artefacts from the Gunai/Kurnai people of East Gippsland. Drive along the local Twin Rivers Food and Wine Trail to discover the region's wineries, restaurants, berry farms and fruit orchards.
Walk, sail, paddle, swim, splash and cycle around Lakes Entrance and its network of waterways. Marvel at the expanses of the Ninety Mile Beach and the entwined Gippsland Lakes over a meal or two of freshly caught seafood before heading over the border.
One of Gippsland's highlights, Ninety Mile Beach is one of the longest and most beautiful stretches of sand in the world offering a wealth of activities.
Gippsland is renowned for its countrified produce and gourmet food. Try excellent cheeses in charming food friendly villages or head to a local cellar door.