Gippsland is perhaps the most underrated slice of Victoria. Rolling farmland cascades into lakes and waterways; wineries and slow-food producers delight the palate; fishing isn’t only a pastime, it’s often a way of life. Read on to discover why Gippsland makes for a perfect region for caravanners to explore.
The 122km blacktop touring route of the Great Alpine Road starts in the charming town of Bairnsdale, with its frescoed cathedral, ends up in high-altitude Omeo, and takes in farmland, mountain views and rivers, and is Australia’s highest, year-round accessible sealed road.
Five rivers meet in East Gippsland, and form a network of waterways that are a heaven-sent boaters’ paradise, with an abundance of delicious fish to catch and eat. Brilliant waterfront views are commonplace, as are secluded swimming beaches.
At the extreme eastern end of Vic is the town of Mallacoota and the diverse and beautiful Croajingolong National Park. Running along 100km of coast, the national park takes in a diverse range of ecosystems, with long and short walks through and across rainforests, granite peaks and estuaries.
The Man from Snowy River had it good. Never mind the hydroelectric scheme, the legendary horseman and the modern caravanner can enjoy scenery and fresh air along the Snowy River Country Trail, which includes caves, plains and the point at which the river meets the sea.
Lakes Entrance is the place to begin a journey in East Gippsland, and it makes an excellent base. Close by are many attractions, as well as a couple of quaint waterside hamlets well worth a visit, such as Paynesville and Metung.
For more information on caravan parks and holiday accommodation in Gippsland, visit our Gippsland region guide.