Begin your boating journey in Sale and explore the vast Gippsland Lakes and beyond. The Port of Sale provides access to the entire lakes region, eventually connecting to the ocean at Lakes Entrance.
Take time out to relax at the Port of Sale precinct with its selection of cafes and restaurants, or check out the local artistic talents at the renowned Gippsland Art Gallery. Spend an afternoon discovering Gippsland's military history at the Gippsland Armed Forces Museum. If you're lucky, you might see the famous RAAF Roulettes aerobatic team in action in the skies over the city.
Hit the boardwalks and explore the grasses and red gum woodlands of Sale Common. Wander through the tranquil grounds of the 150-year-old Sale Botanic Gardens, which owe their botanic heritage to Baron Ferdinand Von Mueller, the first state botanist.
A short drive from Sale is the nearby Tarra Bulga National Park, a cool temperate rainforest boasting lush walking trails, abundant wildlife and waterfalls.
The historic Port of Sale first opened to shipping in 1890 as the westernmost port in the Gippsland Lakes. The cutting of the Sale canal in 1898 linked the town to the Thomson River and established Sale as a busy port for steamers. Its prosperity grew from nearby mountain gold rushes and its strategic location on the route between Port Albert and the gold diggings. It developed from being declared a borough in 1863, to a town in 1924, to finally a city in 1950. Latter day prosperity has stemmed from its proximity to the offshore oil and gas fields of Bass Strait.