Gippsland Wilderness Escape
Escape to Gippsland's spectacular wilderness on this five-day road trip taking in Gipsy Point, Croajingolong National Park, Cape Conran, the Gippsland Lakes, Tarra Bulga National Park and Wilsons Promontory.
Melbourne to Gipsy Point
About 500 km/310 miles, 6 hours
The first day of this adventure involves a big drive, all the way to Gipsy Point near Mallacoota and the New South Wales border. Get started early so you can break your journey along the way. Rest assured, you'll be taking your time on the way back.
Gipsy Point to Nungurner
About 200 km/125 miles, 2.5 hours
Spend two nights at Gipsy Point Lakeside, allowing a day to relax after your drive, and a chance to take in the lakes and birdlife in this remote area. The kangaroos will come onto your lawn, and the birds settle wherever they like, so there will be plenty to see. Get out on the lake and spot the sea eagles. After exploring the area, take a day to drive to Nungurner, stopping at Genoa Peak for a bird's-eye view of stunning Croajingolong National Park, a hike to Point Hicks Lightstation, or a walk around Cape Conran, spotting goannas. This national park is a UNESCO listed World Biosphere.
Nungurner to Wilsons Promontory
About 300 km/185 miles, 3 hours
Spend tonight overlooking Gippsland's spectacular lakes system (take two nights if you can), before winding your way through the lakes to Paynesville, and catching a 5-minute ferry to Raymond Island. Home to a large population of koalas, you're virtually guaranteed to see at least one in the trees as you walk around. Continue east to Tarra Bulga National Park and wind your way through this stunning rainforest, taking time out to walk amongst mountain ash trees, tree ferns and myrtle beech and spot lyrebirds. Head for the coast for your drive through to Prom Country, and overnight near Wilsons Promontory before spending the next day exploring this amazing national park. Wombats, kangaroos and emus abound, along with crystal clear water and beaches with sand so fine, it squeaks.
Wilsons Promontory to Melbourne
About 240km/150 miles, 3 hours
Take your time meandering through villages, wineries and dairy country as you head back to Melbourne after this adventure.