Things To Do In And Around Melbourne #3 :: Gippsland
†Melbourne is the capital of Victoria, Australia. Melbourne offers great shopping and dining and Victoria has got a beautiful countryside and coast line combining beautiful national and state parks with quiet little villages and some larger regional centres. Gippsland, located to the east of Melbourne offers a great variety in country side and lovely little towns to visit.
Gippsland is a popular destination for Melburnians for either a short weekend break or a longer holiday. With the diversity that's available, you could easily visit Gippsland ten times and have ten different experiences. You can find beaches, snow, lakes, national and state parks and many villages and towns in between. I will only discuss a few places. The rest you will have to go discover for yourself!
Wilson's Promontory is on the most southern point of Australia's mainland. It is a very attractive national park which features a mixture of gullies, forests, mountains, salt marshes and granite. You can camp in Tidal River and use that as a base to go out for day-walks. There are many different trails available for people of different abilities. It is one of Australia's most beautiful national parks.
Mallacoota is to the east of Melbourne, about 500 kilometres away. The name of the town means "a good water" or "a place of meeting" (depending on who you ask). Combine the two and you get a great little tourist town that is a place of meeting right by a good water. It is a sea-side village that calls itself the "Best Kept secret In Victoria". Despite that, in summer the village is packed with holiday makers who are looking for some sun, sea and beach.
The Lakes Entrance area is a great combination of waterways. With a number of national parks in the direct vicinity Lakes Entrance is a fantastic place to get some great photos of breathtaking scenery. The area is very popular with holiday makers and always seems to be busy, regardless of the season.
Walhalla is a charming little town with only about twenty citizens. When you get to Walhalla you almost feel like you step back in time to another era. It is a bit remotely located, but only the drive to Walhalla via a lovely mountainous road is worth the trip. With all the minerals it had in the ground, Walhalla was once one of the richest towns in the world. That no longer is the case. Electric power is now available, but was not until 1998!
Other towns to visit in that area are Erica and Moe and that's where you'd be most likely to find accommodation if you were to visit the region.
I always return from a visit to Gippsland with a very relaxed mindset. Whether it is the lakes, the wilderness or the towns, Gippsland always offers the opportunity to take it easy and reconnect with your loved ones. When you are travelling through Australia and only want to go to Victoria for Melbourne and the Great Ocean Road you have to think again. Gippsland gives you a much better chance to find the real country Australia with all its beauties and charms.
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Dominique Vangheel lives in Melbourne and loves it. His site I Love Melbourne is dedicated to Melbourne and Victoria and features the best things to do in and around Melbourne and Melbourne accommodation tips.
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