Set off on an unforgettable day trip through West Gippsland as part of your visit to Ballet Under the Stars at Lardner Park. With Warragul an easy hub, traverse north, south, east or west before the show into a landscape of ferns, vineyards and green farmland cocooning picturesque villages.
Bring a robust appetite to fill up on the region's bountiful offerings, and uncover the delights and attractions awaiting you in this captivating corner of Victoria.
En route to Lardner Park
If you're travelling with kids, give them a thrill on the way with a stop at Gumbaya World, just 50 minutes down the M1 from Melbourne. Find native animal encounters, high-octane rides and slides, and a waterplay wonderland. Gumbaya World opens at 10am on Saturdays.
North of Lardner Park and Warragul lie rolling hills and dales as you head towards the foothills of Mt Baw Baw. Stretch your legs 21m above ground on the wooden Noojee Trestle Bridge, the oldest of its kind still standing in Victoria. Further on, ferns, towering gums and an impressive tumbling waterfall await your gaze in Toorongo Falls Reserve.
Set a course northeast for Walhalla, a charming old gold mining town nestled deep within a quiet alpine valley. Wander among gold-rush heritage architecture, and let someone else take the wheel aboard the vintage narrow-gauge Walhalla Golfields Railway for a tour of the pretty spring landscape.
Venture 30 minutes southwest over undulating greenscape to the quaint Prom Country village of Loch. Shop for arts, crafts and antiques, then make a beeline for lunch. Olive at Loch is a Gippsland favourite for freshly baked cakes and pies, cracking coffee, and delish local jams and chutneys you can take home as gifts. For homemade Italian-inspired meals using prime South Gippsland produce, take a seat at Amalia's.
Follow up with a tipple of naturally brewed ales and spirits at Loch Brewery & Distillery.
Close to Lardner Park, you can tuck into all-day brekkie and lunch faves at Frankie's, a spacious, modern spot right in the heart of things. Choose from ever-green pleasers such as pancakes, burgers and burritos.
For a special brunch or lunch experience, dine 10 minutes south at Hogget Kitchen in a bucolic vineyard setting. Chef Trevor Perkins will 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 – and dreamy views of the Strzelecki Ranges.
Getting to Lardner Park
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 off the M1 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.
Day trip to Ballet Under the Stars
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