Maffra, Gippsland, Victoria, Australia
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The Country Drive

A meandering drive through postcard-perfect scenery
112 km/70 miles, about 1.5 hours

Set out from Traralgon for a memorable drive through some lush Victorian scenery. First stop as you head north is Glengarry, known for Narkoojee Winery, preserved historic buildings and its butter factory. The Country Drive route then winds through the townships of Toongabbie, Cowwar, Heyfield, Tinamba and Maffra, with the Baw Baw National Park towering over the classic rural landscapes. A rail trail follows this route, so take your bike with you to explore at a different pace on some easy trails.

Make your way to Maffra for more historic architectural gems and a number of local wineries, then onto Stratford, which is perched on the banks of the river Avon. From here, it's back towards Melbourne through Sale, with replenishments from vibrant Rosedale.

Glengarry, Gippsland, Victoria, Australia

Leg 1: Glengarry to Maffra

52 km/32 miles, about 40 minutes

With a bakery and winery Glengarry is a gourmet stop on the way to Maffra, a charming town steeped in history.

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Maffra, Gippsland, Victoria, Australia

Leg 2: Maffra to Stratford

10 km/6 miles, about 10 minutes

Stay a while in Maffra or browse the antique and gift shops in Stratford, the entrance to the Gippsland Lakes.

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Stratford, Gippsland, Victoria, Australia

Leg 3: Stratford to Rosedale

44 km/27 miles, about 33 minutes

Head back over the River Avon to Sale, the regional hub and onto to Rosedale for cafe life and vintage shops.

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History and heritage

Stop by some of Gippsland's historical attractions including the Coal Creek Heritage Village in Korumburra and the Maritime Museum in Port Albert.

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Cycling trails

Family-friendly and easy paced off road trails through spectacular scenery from the coast to the hills.

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Gippsland wine region

Experience Gippsland's diverse wine region, boasting over 100 vineyards and more than 40 wineries, easily accessed from Melbourne.

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Stopping off

Food & wine