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Gippsland Coastal Discovery Touring Route

Experience the wilderness of Australia's southern coastline with this journey through Gippsland. Walk on untouched beaches, go sailing on Australia's largest inland lake network, and meet wombats, penguins, kangaroos, koalas and emus as you go. This touring route is 880 km/546 miles and about 11.5 hours drive time. Allow 5 to 6 days.


Gippsland Coastal Discovery Touring Route

Melbourne to Gippsland (Walhalla and Lakes Entrance) 

380 km/236 miles, about 5 hours 

Depart Melbourne for Lakes Entrance, a four hour drive. Detour to the historic village of Walhalla and relax overnight (a 2 hour, 20 minute drive from Melbourne). Stay a day or two and explore National Parks, bushwalking trails, ride the historic Goldfields Railway, and take the historic goldmines tour or a ghost tour. Moving on to Lakes Entrance (2 hours, 40 minutes), stop in at Paynesville, park the car and ride the free pedestrian ferry to Raymond Island to see koalas, kangaroos and wallabies. Continue on to Lakes Entrance and stop off at Ninety Mile Beach to stretch your legs. Hire a boat to take a cruise on the region’s famous lakes, famous for their natural beauty and amazing seafood. Try your luck and cast a fishing line. Enjoy the sunset over a plate of oysters at the Metung Hotel. 

Gippsland (Lakes Entrance to Wilsons Promontory) 

250 km/155 miles, 3 hours 

Head south west from Lakes Entrance or Metung to Wilsons Promontory via Tarra Bulga National Park, or Port Albert - Victoria’s first established port. Stop in at Foster to pick up picnic and BBQ supplies, then push on to Yanakie to check in to your holiday cabin or luxury accommodation, or continue on to the Wilderness Retreats at Tidal River in Wilsons Promontory National Park. At Tidal River, stop at the old airfield to see kangaroos and emus. Wander around the campground to see resident wombats, and down to the beach to see the beautiful rock formations which trace Tidal River's path to the ocean. Walk from Tidal River to Squeaky Beach and back (1 hour each direction), via Pillar Point, for stunning coastal views, and keep an eye out for whales June to August. A variety of walks in the area cater to any fitness level. Take care when driving in the national park around sunset and always watch for wildlife. Help yourself to the free public BBQs in the national park. 

Wilsons Promontory to Phillip Island 

110 km/68 miles, 1.5 hours 

Drive northwest to Phillip Island via Fish Creek and Meeniyan, or hug the coast road via Inverloch, and the Bunurong Coastal Drive where you can check out the dinosaur diggings. Stop for lunch at the Kilcunda General Store overlooking the ocean. Head to The Nobbies Centre to visit the Antarctic Journey exhibition. Stroll The Nobbies boardwalk for spectacular views of Phillip Island's rugged south coast and see resting little penguins, silver gulls and chicks spring to early summer. Spot migrating whales June to September. Nearby Seal Rocks is home to Australia's largest fur seal colony. Baby seals can be seen October to December. Head out on the water with Wild Ocean EcoBoat to get closer. Stroll along the elevated boardwalks at Phillip Island's Koala Conservation Centre for more close encounters of the furry kind. Take a walk at Pyramid Rocks or Cape Woolamai for ocean views, and spot thousands of shearwaters returning to the nest at dusk between October and April. Spend time at the protected and calm main beach at Cowes, or take a surf lesson at Smiths Beach. At sunset, take the Ultimate Penguin Tour at the Penguin Parade, or visit the Penguins Plus viewing area. Book a bed at resorts, apartments and lodges or self-cater with a holiday let. 

Phillip Island to Melbourne 

140 km/ 87 miles, 1 hour, 45 minutes

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Gippsland Coastal Discovery


You can spot kangaroos in the wild in many parts of Victoria, including areas close to Melbourne.


Explore Gippsland's great expanse of rivers, lakes and beaches for fishing opportunities aplenty.


See playful Australian fur seals waddle, lumber and tumble down off rocks and into the sea.

The Nobbies

Take in a myriad of stunning sights and curious creatures at the headland known as The Nobbies.

Wilsons Promontory National Park

Wilsons Promontory National Park is one of Victoria's most-loved places. At the southernmost tip of...

Cape Woolamai

Catch a wave against the backdrop of ancient pink granite at perennially popular Cape Woolamai.

Ninety Mile Beach

Ninety Mile Beach is one of the longest and most beautiful stretches of sand in the world offering a wealth of activities.

Tarra Bulga National Park

Wander through the lush gullies and beautiful tree ferns of Victoria's Tarra Bulga National Park.

Walhalla Goldfields Railway

Take a captivating train ride that traverses gorges, rivers and ever-changing landscapes.


With a bit of luck and eagle eyes, you can spot wombats in Gippsland and the Great Ocean Road.

Phillip Island Nature Parks

See little penguins every day of the year, peek into burrows, and spot other Australian animals.





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Gippsland Coastal Discovery

Port Albert

Retreat to the coastal Gippsland town of Port Albert, Victoria's first established port.

Lakes Entrance

Lakes Entrance is located on the edge of Ninety Mile Beach where the Gippsland Lakes meets the Southern Ocean.


Feel a distinct seaside holiday vibe and celebrate a relaxed life by the water in bustling Cowes.


Discover Walhalla, an historic gold mining township in Gippsland's alpine wilderness.


Metung is a small and stylish destination located near the Gippsland Lakes and sandy beaches.


Set out on the waterways from Paynesville, a charming village with plentiful sheltered moorings for boats.

Wilsons Promontory

Wilsons Promontory National Park sits at the southernmost tip of the Australian mainland.

Phillip Island

Experience penguins, scenery, family fun, outdoor pursuits, motor sports and life by the water.





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