History and heritage, Gippsland, Victoria, Australia
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History & heritage

With a rich pastoral, mining and maritime history as well as a strong Indigenous culture, Gippsland boasts a wealth of heritage attractions to explore.

Uncover stories from the past on your travels. Learn about the struggles of the early settlers and those who came in search of gold or coal. Wander around old ports and lighthouses, go underground in decommissioned mines and check out artefacts in the many museums across the region.

Walk the Bataluk Cultural Trail to hear dreamtime stories, see scarred trees, weapons, relics and sacred sites, and get an insight into the traditional culture of the first inhabitants of the Gippsland region.



Coal mining, Gippsland, Victoria, Australia

Coal mining history

Visit the old State Coal Mine in Wonthaggi and hear stories of life underground. Also in the area is the Coal Creek Heritage Village in Korumburra.

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Wilsons Promontory Lighthouse, Gippsland, Victoria, Australia

Maritime history

Gippsland is home to one of Victoria's oldest ports and historic lighthouses, making its maritime heritage one of the most significant in the state.

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Gold panning, Walhalla, Gippsland, Victoria

Gold rush history

Explore gold rush history by scenic railway, wander through restored boom-time architecture, or take a trip down the famous Long Tunnel Mine.

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