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<p>Founded on the back of the gold rush and located at the foothills of the Great Divide, Briagolong boasts a streetscape with heritage buildings on every corner. Check out the local art gallery, which exhibits a mix of painting, sculpture and paper creations, or meet local artists and learn some new skills in the village's creative workshop.</p>


<p>Set on the River Avon in tribute to The Bard, peaceful, creative Stratford hosts an annual Shakespeare Festival, has some seriously good country shopping, and draws visitors and animal lovers equally to the Australian Wildlife Art Gallery. Nearby Knob Reserve is an important site on the Bataluk Cultural Trail of the Gunaikurnai, Gippsland's first inhabitants.</p>

Archies Creek

<p>Away from the coast and a little off the highway in the hinterland lies Archies Creek, a quaint country hamlet and home to the historic Royal Mail Hotel. Take a scenic drive through the rolling Gippsland hills to enjoy panoramic views of Bass Strait before grabbing a refreshing brew in the Royal Mail's charming front bar.</p>


<p>Located just across from Phillip Island in the heart of Bass Coast, the picturesque village of Kilcunda is the perfect base for your road-trip getaway.&nbsp; Wander along the diverse Gippsland coastline on the George Bass Coastal Walk, cycle the scenic Bass Coast Rail Trail, enjoy a spot of fishing, or savour the flavours of the region at local wineries and restaurants.</p>


<p>More than just a stop on the Gippsland Plains Rail Trail and the Country Drive tourist drive, Glengarry offers a glimpse into days gone by thanks to an excellently preserved main street. It's also a glimpse into gourmet Gippsland, boasting an acclaimed bakery and the boutique Narkoojee Winery with its cellar door and gallery.</p>


<p>Nestled in the foothills of the Strzelecki Ranges, Boolarra provides access to the Grand Ridge Road tourist drive and the spectacular Tarra Bulga National Park. Check out historic buildings, wander the Mirboo North Boolarra Rail Trail, or pick fresh berries with the kids at the Boolarra Water Wheel Orchard. Visit in March when the town comes alive for the Boolarra Folk Festival.</p>


<p>It might be the lure of a refreshing ale at Bullant Brewery that brings you to Bruthen, or it could be a stopping point along the East Gippsland Rail Trail. But it's the serenity, surrounds and stories of the historic village that will keep you here until you realise you've stayed longer than expected.</p>


<p>Whether you're cruising through the lush green landscapes of Gippsland by car or pedalling your way along the Gippsland Plains Rail Trail, be sure to make a lunch or dinner pit stop at the renowned Tinamba Hotel. Taste varietals from the Gippsland wine region and sample seasonal dishes made from the finest local produce at this award-winning gastro pub.</p>


<p>Tucked into the foot of the Strzelecki Ranges and overlooking Hazelwood Pondage, Churchill is a buzzing university town with a quirky homage to its formidable namesake in the form of a giant cigar statue. There are great views of the nearby power station, and Lake Hyland is a fabulous family-friendly fishing spot.</p>


<p>You could drive through tiny Yinnar in the blink of an eye, but you'd miss discovering the justifiably acclaimed ARC contemporary art gallery. You'd also miss the great general store and last but not least, the Strzelecki Stringbusters, a 14-piece string band that gets the authentic local pub jumping at least once a month.</p>





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