Welcome to West Gippsland – land of lush, undulating landscapes, fern forests and historic villages. See stunning rural panoramas on a hinterland drive, sample exquisite regional produce at cafes, wineries and farmers markets, venture into national parks for scenic walks and waterfalls, and tiny towns for antiques, vintage train rides and a taste of gold rush history.

Come for the ballet and stay a little longer to experience the beauty and charm of this special pocket of Victoria, only 75 minutes from Melbourne.

  • Break up your journey to the ballet by exploring Gippsland's natural delights, adrenaline rushes, scenic journeys and historic attractions along the way.

    En route to Lardner Park

    Thrill the kids with a stop at Gumbaya World. Find native animal encounters, high-octane rides and slides, and a waterplay wonderland 50 minutes from Melbourne on the M1.

    Take a side step

    From Lardner Park head north through the hills and dales of Neerim South towards Noojee, at the foothills of Mt Baw Baw. Visit the iconic Noojee Trestle Bridge, the tallest surviving wooden trestle bridge in Victoria and the subject of many classic Gippsland photos.

    On the drive back, stop off at the Alpine Trout Farm. Cast a line from one of the ponds and catch fresh trout you can barbeque and enjoy onsite or take home.

    Go a little further

    Take a day trip to the gorgeous old gold mining town of Walhalla, set within a deep valley in the Victorian Alps. Take a ride on the Walhalla Goldfields Railway, an unforgettable journey through forests, across rivers, gorges and trestle bridges on a vintage narrow-gauge train.

  • Linger in nearby Warragul for cafe eats and deli treats, or venture north, east or south into rolling green hills to find destination restaurants and vineyards celebrating exceptional Gippsland produce in beautiful surrounds. Nearby towns big and small feature country cafes and food stores spanning quaint to cool.

    Warragul wonders

    In Warragul, tuck into all-day breakfast and lunch faves at Frankie's, a spacious, modern spot right in the heart of things. Choose from crowd pleasers such as pancakes, burgers or burritos. Also right in town is Stella's Pantry, a deli and coffee shop featuring an enticing selection of local and imported cheeses and cured meats.

    Wine and dine

    For something truly special, take a 10-minute drive south of Warragul to Hogget Kitchen and dine in a verdant vineyard setting. Let chef Trevor Perkins lead you through a paddock-to-plate inspired menu using the best local, seasonal produce, paired with exceptional wine by William Downie and Patrick Sullivan. Graze inside or on the deck with dreamy views of the vineyard and the Strzelecki Ranges.

    A little further afield

    Travel east into the Latrobe Valley to buzzing Traralgon. Stroll down tree-lined avenues past heritage buildings to MOMO, a community-minded cafe dedicated to buying locally and providing local employment opportunities. Peruse an extensive menu of brunch, lunch and sharing dishes, or enjoy an evening tipple on the rooftop deck.

    The drive south from Lardner Park traverses green farmland and charming country towns. Travel for 30 minutes to reach Loch, a particularly quaint village in Prom Country. Shop for arts, crafts and antiques before making your way to Amalia's for homemade Italian-inspired meals using prime South Gippsland produce in a warm, rustic setting.

    Dedicate your travels to the region's wide world of culinary and quaffing delights on the Gippsland Food and Wine Trail.

  • Take your pick of cosy, family-friendly accommodation in Warragul or in the sweetest of Gippsland towns, resting up among the sounds of nature.

    Wake in Warragul

    Zip back to Warragul after the show to access a variety of accommodation options. Book early to avoid disappointment.

    The luxury, four-star motel Comfort Inn & Suites Warragul features stylish rooms with all the mod cons. Set amid sprawling gardens, it also has a fully licensed dining room and is located only minutes from downtown Warragul.

    Warragul Gardens Holiday Park is also an excellent spot for a comfortable stay in parkland surrounds. Choose from cabins, or powered and unpowered sites. Make use of the swimming pool, children's playground and proximity to the centre of town.

    Or in peaceful villages

    Opt for a laid-back country cottage experience in picturesque towns surrounding Warragul. Wake up to birdsong, enjoy slow breakfasts in cosy cafes and leisurely strolls into town. The villages of Loch, Korumburra, Yarragon, Jindivick and Neerim South are perfect for cottage, country homestead and farm stays.

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  • Lardner Park is located at 155 Burnt Store Road, Lardner – 14 minutes from Warragul and only 75 minutes from Melbourne.

    From Melbourne

    Take the first exit to Warragul and within 1km of the exit turn right onto Lardner's Track. Follow Lardner's Track for approximately 11km and then turn right onto Burnt Store Road.

    From Gippsland

    Coming from Traralgon, take the first exit to Warragul (Hospital Exit). At the end of the exit ramp there is a roundabout, proceed straight through, passing the hospital on your left. Follow Warragul-Lardner Road until you reach a T-intersection. Turn left onto Lardner's Track. Follow Lardner's Track along and then turn right onto Burnt Store Road.