Head down the South Gippsland Highway to reach the pretty town of Meeniyan, a turning point for Wilsons Promontory National Park in one direction, and Foster in another. Celebrated as the music capital of South Gippsland, this vibrant village is also rolling in culinary delights.
Great rail adventures
Meeniyan was originally established as a train station on the South Gippsland railway line in the late 1800s. The station operated for just over a century and has now been transformed into the spectacular Great Southern Rail Trail, winding 72km through Gippsland as it connects the towns from Leongatha to Port Welshpool.
Sink your teeth into Gippsland's outstanding local produce and pick up edible souvenirs for friends and family. Sample products and produce with a distinctly Gippsland bent at The Meeniyan Store or visit Meeniyan Pantry & Cellar for a huge range of premium wines and imported deli items.
Local restaurants Moos at Meeniyan and Trulli Woodfired Pizzeria raise the bar for local dining, while Pandesal Bakery specialises in artisanal sourdough loaves ideal for a lazy Sunday breakfast.
Garlic and nighttime revelry
The fertile soils surrounding Meeniyan are home to a community of premium garlic growers and each year in February Meeniyan explodes in a celebration of all things garlic – garlic beer, garlic ice cream and other intriguing delicacies.
During the summer months, stallholders, wine makers, musicians and foodies take over town for the Meeniyan Square night markets. Arrive on Friday afternoon and stay for an evening of diverse food, wine and live music.
Live music and performance art find a happy home at the Meeniyan Town Hall. Get in quick to see some of the best Australian and international acts brought to you by the Lyrebird Arts Council.