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Overview

West Gippsland Hinterland Drive

A burgeoning foodie scene and a sense of adventure

229.5 km/142.6 miles, about 5 hours

Wind your way through the diverse landscapes of West Gippsland on this unique scenic drive. Discover historic villages, stop in at wineries and restaurants heroing local produce, and unwind amid the stunning natural beauty of the hinterland region.

Kick off in Melbourne and journey towards Gippsland via the Princes Highway. Start proceedings the right way with a pit stop at one of many excellent wineries at the entrance to the region. Have a leisurely lunch in Warragul then push on to Yarragon, taking time to browse through antique and arty treasures. Immerse yourself in gold rush history in Walhalla with a train ride into the past or by delving underground for a golden adventure. Revel in the solitude on the slopes of spectacular Mt Baw Baw, or pick up the pace with some whitewater action in Rawson. Explore art galleries in and around Neerim South and discover some unique personalities along the way.

Destinations

Leg one

West Gippsland Hinterland Drive

Tynong to Walhalla

115 km/71.5 miles, about 1.5 hours

As the suburbs of Melbourne give way to pleasant pastoral scenes, let the good times begin.

Gateway to West Gippsland

Take a quick trip off the highway to charming wineries in Tynong (Cannibal Creek Winery), Drouin (Brandy Creek Estate) or Ripplebrook (Ripplebrook Winery) or head straight for bustling Warragul. Admire the ornate, heritage buildings on a stroll through town before a quick drive south to Hogget Kitchen. Tuck into a stellar meal that pays homage to the very best local produce. Afterwards, ease your way into peaceful Yarragon, where an artistic community flourishes alongside a passion for regional produce.

Indulging in Yarragon

Known for its specialty shops, Yarragon also features one of Gippsland's leading antique stores and galleries. Shopping for linen and lace, soaps and candles, dolls and bears, fabrics and patterns, blown-glass vases and sculptures can work up an appetite. Put some pep in your step with an espresso and gourmet coffee scroll at The Shot House, and stock up on regional wines, smoked meats and fresh local produce at the Gippsland Food and Wine Store.

Set out for Walhalla

With the car groaning under the weight of your edible purchases, it's time to set out for Walhalla on an hour-long drive around the Moe regional centre and green dairy farming country.

Take the time to experience the beautiful gold rush town of Walhalla, nestled in a deep valley and home to only 20 residents. Tour the Long Tunnel Extended Gold Mine, ride on the Walhalla Goldfields Railway, or explore the cemetery overlooking the village. The self-guided Walhalla Historic Township Walk offers insights into the town's rich past. Ponder a while longer over a refreshing brew at the Walhalla Lodge Hotel.

Highlights

Leg two

West Gippsland Hinterland Drive

Walhalla to Mt Baw Baw Alpine Village

47.5 km/30 miles, about 2 hours

There's much adventure to be had between historic Walhalla and the spectacular Mt Baw Baw Alpine Village.

Out bush or on the rapids

Discover the villages of Rawson and Erica and get back to nature with everything from 4WD tours and whitewater adventures to fishing and bushwalking.

Detour off the route and follow the signs to Thomson Dam, the largest of all of Melbourne's reservoirs and an amazing feat of engineering. Enjoy a break from driving and settle into a picnic lunch while taking in the scenery.

Back on the touring route, you'll begin your ascent up the unsealed South Face Road. Turn off on Mt Erica Road and head towards Mushroom Rocks, an impressive display of giant granite tors. Walk through the diverse and unspoilt landscapes of Baw Baw National Park to the rocks, a part of the 650-kilometre Australian Alps Walking Track that links Walhalla and Canberra.

Mt Baw Baw delights all

You'll finally arrive at Mt Baw Baw Alpine Resort. There's something for everyone here, winter or summer. Hit the slopes on a bushwalk, try your hand at toboganning or skiing during the white season, or set out on a downhill biking adventure in the warmer months. To finish, slow it right down with a soak in the outdoor spa at Mt Baw Baw Alpine Resort.

Highlights

Leg three

West Gippsland Hinterland Drive

Mt Baw Baw Alpine Village to Neerim South

67 km/41 miles, about 1.5 hours

You'll eventually have to come down from Mt Baw Baw, but there are still plenty of sights to inspire you as you make your way to Neerim South, one of the most picturesque towns in Gippsland.

An ancient tree and a well-known bridge

Follow the tree-lined Mt Baw Baw Tourist Road through Icy Creek and Tanjil Bren, an old gold prospector's and logging village, until you reach Noojee. Here you'll find the giant Ada Tree – one of the largest trees in Victoria and believed to be nearly 300 years old.

Head into Noojee and take time out to enjoy camping, fishing, bird watching or bushwalking. Visit some of the historical and natural attractions in the area including the Noojee Water Wheel, the Ralph Cornwall Loch Valley Tramway Walk, Toorongo Falls and the famous Noojee Trestle Bridge.

Postcard-perfect Neerim South

Continue onto the Main Neerim Road to Neerim South, your last stop on this scenic touring route. In addition to jaw-droppingly beautiful scenery, Neerim South features galleries, sculpture gardens and access to cycling and walking tracks that criss-cross the surrounding countryside. Pick up regional wine, fabulous cheeses and super-fresh produce for the return trip to Melbourne or live a little and stay the night. Check in at Vue at Jindivick or Vivere Retreat for warm West Gippsland hospitality and more of those wonderfully verdant views.

Highlights

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