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Venture beyond the highways and the regional centres like Morwell, Traralgon and Lakes Entrance and discover Gippsland's tiniest towns; small in size but larger than life when it comes to things to see and do.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Discover the old timber town of Erica, the gateway to Baw Baw National Park and the famous Walhalla Historic Township. Take a walk up Mt Erica to Mushroom Rocks and spend a day or two exploring the cool mountain rivers, rolling green hills and picturesque valleys of the surrounding region.
Just an hour from Melbourne, Jindivick is a charming village situated in the green foothills of the Baw Baw Ranges. Breathtaking views in every direction make this the perfect place to just slow down and indulge. Try out one of the local eateries, browse the local artist studios, visit the cricket ground with the best view ever, or pick up some rare plants or gifts.
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. 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.
In the foothills of Mt Erica and on the doorstep to Baw Baw National Park, the modern village of Rawson comes with its own mountain retreat and spa chalets. Take in the historic sites of nearby Walhalla or head off to Mt St Gwinear for bushwalking in summer and cross-country skiing during the cooler months.
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.
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.
Stay three nights in any style of accommodation at RACV Inverloch Resort and only pay for two.
Discover underground gold with a 10% off family tickets to the Walhalla Long Tunnel Extended Gold Mine.
Head to the slopes this winter and enjoy two nights' accommodation midweek at Mt Baw Baw Alpine Backpackers and two day midweek lift pass.
Overnight accommodation at Deep Creek Gully Cottage, four hour hands on workshop with the artist of choice, lunch, dinner and MP3 guided tour of the Stratford Arts Trail.
Enjoy a two course dinner and glass of local wine at the highly regarded Yarragon Hotel.
Overnight accommodation at Stratford Motel, continental breakfast, four hour hands on workshop with the artist of choice, lunch, dinner and MP3 guided tour of the Stratford Arts Trail.
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Bob Jones of Bob's Shed in Yarragon explains what drew him to the Gippsland town where he converted an old garage into an antiques emporium.
Neil Triggs has found an excuse to never leave the area around Bruthen, setting up a B&B and a popular brewery to firmly establish his family's roots.
Russell Paliew arrived at Mt Baw Baw Village five years ago to find winter work, and he hasn't yet found a reason to leave the alpine destination.
When she's not serving the region's freshest brunches, San Remo native Courtney Eden loves tackling the coastal walking trails and hitting the beach.
Ray Negro and his musical friends have made Yinnar the place to be at least once a month when their string band sensation gets the local pub jumping.
Drive through magnificent and incredibly diverse landscapes on this unique scenic drive then delve into the rich creative and historic West Gippsland.
Journey between two of Victoria's most loved tourist attractions - the Penguin Parade on Phillip Island and Wilsons Promontory National Park.
Set out for a meandering drive through some postcard-perfect Victorian scenery and discover historically important towns on your way.
Drive one of Australia's great touring routes, The Great Alpine Road, and explore Victoria's north-east down to the jaw-dropping Gippsland Lakes.
Uncover the hidden gems in the lush dairy farming countryside beyond the city limits of Latrobe City as you make your way to historic Port Albert.
Experience Gippsland's diverse wine region, boasting over 100 vineyards and more than 40 wineries, easily accessed from Melbourne.
Discover Gippsland local produce, from the milk that makes its famous gourmet cheeses, to the berry farms and locally grown organic fruit.
From innovative modern menus and fresh seafood to winery restaurants and retro cafe dining, Gippsland's varied dining scene will surprise and excite.
Wrap your lips around a pint of locally crafted ale in the Gippsland region, direct from brewers such as Grand Ridge and Bullant.
Discover Gippsland's inspiring walks
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