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10 reasons to visit

West Gippsland

Take a journey through the diverse landscapes of the West Gippsland region and experience the tranquillity of an authentic slice of rural life. Visit small towns with big-hearted communities and stock up on cheeses and gourmet goodies from some of Australia's most prized dairy farms. Pop into farm gates and village markets, explore mountain ranges perfect for biking, hiking, skiing and snowboarding, and discover an up-and-coming food and wine scene championed by local culinary heroes.

1. Hogget Kitchen

Hogget Kitchen's menu is a roll call of Gippsland's best produce. So pull up a pew on the deck and take a culinary tour of the region without leaving your table. 

2. Mount Baw Baw Alpine Resort

Carve up the slopes on skis, toboggans and snowboards in the wintertime and then double back in the summertime to tackle the trails anew on a mountain bike. 

3. Noojee Trestle Bridge

Tread the boards of Victoria's tallest surviving wooden trestle bridge, revel in views of the valley, and then land in one of the nearby reserves for the perfect picnic lunch.

4. Vivere Retreat

Pull up stumps in Neerim South and discover this cosy bolthole set on 18 acres of pristine countryside. Did we mention the free brekky with homemade granola, local bacon and farm fresh eggs?

5. Hinterland Drive

Bring your appetite and a sense of adventure to the hinterland. Cruise through tiny towns and ancient forests, fuelling up on the region's best gourmet breads, meats, olives and cheeses. 

6. Walhalla's Vinter Ljusfest

Descend on historic Walhalla in August for the town's Scandinavian winter celebration. Join in the fun when light and sound displays transform this sleepy goldmining town into a winter wonderland. 

7. Grand Ridge Rail Trail

Immerse yourself in the vast Gippsland wilderness and spot birdlife perched in the trees on the 13-kilometre Grand Ridge Rail Trail, which links the towns of Mirboo North and Boolarra.

8. Neilsons Kitchen

Sip, sample 'n' savour Gippsland's diverse culinary riches at Neilsons Kitchen, where local olives, cheese and wines from Central and East Gippsland all feature on the impressive menu.

9. Retreat to Toms Cap

Slow down at Toms Cap, where luxury digs and a down-to-earth approach make for the perfect rural getaway. Think vineyard wanderings and cellar door tastings, tranquil spas and evenings by the fire. 

10. 4WD Gippsland High Country

Charge up for an adventure in Gippsland's spectacular high country, boasting waterfalls and wildflowers, wildlife and stargazing. Tread your own path or join a guide for some local know-how.

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West Gippsland

Bed & breakfasts

Vivere Retreat

Set on 18 acres with spectacular views towards the Baw Baw Ranges, Vivere Retreat will connect you with memorable regional experiences in a setting...

From $195 - $400

Multicultural

Walhalla Vinter Ljusfest 2017

During the month of August, Walhalla Historic Township celebrates winter with the Vinter Ljusfest: a display of special lighting, moving images and sound.

1 - 27 Aug 2017

Restaurants

Neilsons Kitchen

Share a table with friends and feast on innovative flavour combinations and fresh Gippsland produce from the all-day breakfast, lunch and dinner menus.

Heritage buildings

Noojee Trestle Bridge

Set in beautiful tall forest, the majestic Noojee Trestle Bridge is the tallest surviving wooden trestle bridge in Victoria. The bridge is a legacy...

Cycling

Grand Ridge Rail Trail

Ride through the Strzelecki Ranges to see flora reserves, large embankments and the Big Tree.

Restaurants

Hogget Kitchen

Take a trip out to the fertile fields of West Gippsland and discover Hogget Kitchen, a place where seasonal is not just a buzzword but a way of life.

National parks & reserves

Baw Baw National Park

Covering a substantial part of the Baw Baw Plateau and sections of the Thomson and Aberfeldy River valleys, Baw Baw National Park offers colourful...

Retreats & lodges

Toms Cap Vineyard Retreat

A unique award winning boutique vineyard retreat set on 100 acres of vineyards and grazing pastures surrounded by the forests of the Strezlecki...

From $240 - $960

Outdoor activities

Four-wheel driving

Gippsland is a popular four-wheel driving destination with many challenging unsealed roads and tracks throughout its forests and mountain ranges.

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National parks and reserves

Rainforests and forests

Get off the beaten track in Victoria's magical rainforest regions and discover unique ecosystems that are teeming with native flora and fauna.

Outdoor activities

Skiing and snowboarding

Less than two hours from Melbourne, Mt Baw Baw Resort in Gippsland offers snowboarding, downhill and cross-country skiing, tobogganing and snow-play.

Food & wine

Local produce

Discover Gippsland local produce, from the milk that makes its famous gourmet cheeses, to the berry farms and locally grown organic fruit.

Food & wine

Gippsland Food & Wine Trail

Get a taste for Gippsland's best at cafes, restaurants, cellar doors and breweries on a food and wine trail across the region's west, south and east.