10 top dog places to visit


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. Brandy Creek Estate

Wind down when you spend the day at Brandy Creek Estate, with its indulgent day spa, wine tasting and contemporary dining at the onsite restaurant and bar lounge, accompanied by jaw-dropping views.

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. Cannibal Creek Vineyard

Relax with wine and cheese by the fire, or a glass of sparkling on the deck. Visit the cellar door to sample award-winning, single estate wines or enjoy lovingly prepared French-inspired fare in the restaurant.

9. Warragul Farmers Market

Fill your basket with the best Gippsland produce and handmade goodies at Civic Park on the third Saturday of the month. Pick up bread, cheese, olive oil, fresh fruit and vegetables, and much, much more.

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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