Valley to Sea Touring Route
Leg 3: Churchill to Port Albert
86 km/53 miles, about 1 hour
The longest leg of the Valley to Sea Touring Route takes you north out of Churchill, turning towards Traralgon then heading right onto Sanders Road and right again onto the Traralgon Creek Road in a southerly direction. The Traralgon Creek Road (turns into Traralgon-Balook Road) will take you through some stunning countryside, including the jaw-droppingly beautiful Tarrra Bulga National Park.
Time out in Tarra Bulga
Known for its lush gullies, giant mountain ash trees and tree ferns, Tarra Bulga National Park is one of only four major areas of cool temperate rainforest in Victoria. Take your time to set out on one of the numerous walks, or take a picnic and relax as birds chatter.
Taking coffee in Yarram
Back on the road and heading south along the Tarra Valley Road you'll come to Yarram, a welcoming town with historical connections to the ports further south along the coast as well as the dairy industry. Stop for a coffee and a bite to eat and wander the grand high street.
Arriving in Port Albert
Just 12 kilometres from Yarram lies the picturesque village of Port Albert, Victoria's first established port. This fascinating waterside town provides a great insight into the gold rush, with ships from all over the world docking in Port Albert to deliver hordes of gold-hungry prospectors.
These days Port Albert is known for its excellent fishing, both commercial and recreational. Stop by the Port Albert Maritime Museum, follow the Old Port Walking Trail or enjoy a scenic boat trip to get the most out of this historic town.
Now you've reached your destination the options are almost endless. Drop anchor for a few days, or venture back to Melbourne via the South Gippsland Highway with plenty more to see.
Be guaranteed a good catch from Gippsland's 500 kilometres of coastline, offering extensive fishing opportunities if you know when and where to go.