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Venture beyond the highways and the regional centres to discover Gippsland's tiniest towns; small in size but larger than life when it comes to things to see and do.
Walhalla. Photo: D. Hannah
A feature of the Bass Coast Rail Trail, the wooden trestle Kilcunda Bridge spans 91 metres across Bourne Creek, offering Bass Strait and beach views.
Premium award-winning wines from Gippsland with local and overseas markets. Intensely flavoured wines are available for tasting and cellar door sales.
Rub shoulders with local farmers and visiting foodies in the dining room of this 19th century icon, complete with baby grand piano and chesterfields.
Cycle between Stratford and Traralgon on a high quality track, passing through lush dairy country with views of the Great Dividing Range.
Take a leisurely ride along this picturesque path, the only coastal rail trail in Victoria that travels through farmland to the Bass Strait coast.
Ride through the Strzelecki Ranges to see flora reserves, large embankments and the Big Tree.
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<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>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.</p>
<p>Mirboo North marks the halfway point on the magnificent Grand Ridge Road in Central Gippsland. Looking down from its high ridge, this traditional country town is surrounded by some of the most scenic views in the area. Get the blood flowing on a ride along the Grand Ridge Rail Trail and reward yourself with a beer at the nearby Grand Ridge Brewery.</p>
<p>Experience life as it was in historic Walhalla. Once one of Australia's richest towns and home to over 4000 gold seekers, this sleepy mountainside town is now frozen in time and is home to only 20 residents. Walk through the lovingly restored centre full of heritage buildings, try your hand at panning for gold, or take a tour of the surrounding area.</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>
<p>Known for its art deco hotel with a giant mullet sculpture mounted on the roof, tiny Fish Creek is the arts capital of South Gippsland. Allow plenty of time to browse the local galleries, have a coldie and a meal at the pub, and explore the local wineries: Waratah Hills Winery and Basia Mille Vineyard and Olive Grove.</p>
<p>Located on the doorstep to the Baw Baw National Park, Neerim South is the perfect stopover for those on their way to the ski fields or for travellers in search of galleries and boutique B&Bs amidst breathtaking scenery. Stroll along the fern-laden banks of the Latrobe River and venture out to Toorongo Falls and the ancient Noojee Trestle Bridge.</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>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>Located on the South Gippsland Highway, tiny Meeniyan is known as the "the turning point" for Wilsons Promontory. Cycle or stroll the Great Southern Rail Trail, amble the local gallery, and get a taste for local produce at Moo's. Time your visit with the Meeniyan Garlic Festival, and keep an eye on the impressive live music line up at the Meeniyan Hall.</p>
<p>Visit delightful Yarragon, a quiet country town nestled in the foothills of the Strzelecki Ranges. Slow down and relax among the rolling green hills. Look for treasures at eclectic antique shops, art galleries and museums, spoil yourself with a Devonshire tea at Gippsland Food and Wine, and spend an afternoon exploring the outstanding nearby wineries.</p>
<p>Experience the wild waters and golden sands of the South Gippsland coastline at Venus Bay, a small settlement nestled in vegetated sand dunes. The town has a population of around 500, but can surge into the thousands as anglers, surfers and families converge during holiday periods. Travel just outside the town to five superb surf beaches.</p>
There are a wealth of events on the Gippsland calendar to choose from including arts and music festivals, sporting and food and wine events.
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.
Tour through Gippsland following one of the famous itineraries - the Great Alpine Road or the Sydney to Melbourne Coastal Drive.
Gippsland offers a variety of budget and luxury accommodation close to Wilsons Promontory, Gippsland Lakes or by the beach.