Begin your boating journey in Sale and go on to explore the vast Gippsland Lakes and beyond. The Port of Sale provides access to the entire lakes region, eventually connecting to the ocean at Lakes Entrance.
Take time out to relax at the Port of Sale precinct with its selection of cafes and restaurants, or check out local artistic talents at the renowned Gippsland Art Gallery-Sale.
Spend an afternoon exploring photos, stories and displays detailing Gippsland's military involvement at the Gippsland Armed Forces Museum. And if you're lucky you might well see the famous RAAF Roulettes aerobatic team in action as they train in the skies over the city.
Hit the boardwalks and explore the Sale Wetlands. Wander through woodlands and grasslands, along the Flooding Creek Track, passing through Red Gum woodlands along the way.
A cool temperate rainforest boasting lush walking trails, abundant wildlife and waterfalls ─ Tarra Bulga National Park is a must-see for nature lovers. Leave the noise of the city behind and catch owls, possums, wombats and platypuses in their natural habitat.
The historic Port of Sale first opened to shipping in 1890 as the westernmost port in the Gippsland Lakes. The cutting of the Sale canal in 1898 linked the town to the Thomson River and established Sale as a busy port for steamers. Its prosperity grew from nearby mountain gold rushes and its strategic location on the route between Port Albert and the gold diggings. It developed from being declared a borough in 1863, to a town in 1924, to finally a city in 1950. Latter day prosperity has stemmed from its proximity to the offshore oil and gas fields of Bass Strait.
Things to do
With the largest inland network of waterways at your disposal, Gippsland is the perfect location for a boating expedition.
Set out for a meandering drive through some postcard-perfect Victorian scenery and discover historically important towns on your way.