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