Escape to Gippsland, occupying the vast eastern corner of Victoria, and be rewarded with natural landscapes of unparalleled beauty. Take your pick from distinct regional pockets and break up your journey with visits to quaint seaside villages, alpine towns and farming communities. Relax on unspoilt beaches, fill up on farm-fresh produce and get active on the region's lakes, rivers and mountain ranges.
Wilsons Promontory, just three hours from Melbourne, is known for its stunning bush and coastal scenery and acclaimed walking trails. Central Gippsland is gourmet country, dotted with wineries, cheesemakers, farmers' markets, and fruit and berry farms. Explore historic gold towns and maritime villages such as Walhalla and Port Albert, or take to the slopes and spend a day skiing at the Mt Baw Baw Alpine Resort, the closest downhill ski area to Melbourne.
The Gippsland Lakes are fed by the waters of five major rivers and fringed by Ninety Mile Beach. They provide ample opportunities for swimming, fishing, boating and sailing. Dine al fresco at a lakeside restaurant or pub, have a family picnic by a river, or take a stroll through the waterfront villages of Paynesville, Metung or Lakes Entrance.
Victoria's far east
Continue east to Croajingolong National Park, a World Biosphere Reserve. With more than 100 kilometres of pristine coastline and hinterland, it is a great place to go bushwalking, surfing or spotting various species of bird and plant life. Mallacoota is a good base for exploring the park and also offers excellent fishing and boating.