Planning a trip to Victoria


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Victoria offers picturesque coastal adventures, award winning wineries, stunning wildlife and kilometres of river systems just waiting to be explored. You can watch the whales in Warrnambool, skydive in Nagambie, surf in Torquay and catch crayfish in Paynesville, all without crossing state lines. Captivating experiences, quaint country towns, and comfortable, welcoming holiday destinations beckon...   

To help you work out what to do first in the Victoria, check out some great editorial features from Trailer Boat Magazine below or have a look at Turu's VIC Holiday Parks.


Nelson, Victoria: Great fishing for miles


Some people fantasize about exotic island locations and exclusive European getaways, but there’s a standout marine and motorsport gem hidden a lot closer to home. You’ll find the Victorian town of Nelson where the Glenelg River meets the Southern Ocean, and while the town is pleasant, it’s the water that is the star attraction.

The Glenelg, at over 350kms is the longest river in south-west Victoria. It flows through both SA and Vic and offers plenty of getaway options in both. You could easily spend a pleasant fortnight meandering your way up the navigable waterways, entirely by boat, or with some camping thrown in. The fishing is great and there are plenty of estuary perch, mulloway, bream, mullet and garfish to be had.

The river is equipped with functional docking facilities and boat ramps and pleasant facilities, and is perfect for whatever you fancy including water skiing, canoeing, kayaking, paddle boats, tourist cruisers, hire boats, houseboats, swimming, fishing and bird watching. It is surrounded by forest ideal for camping and boasts fully equipped sites on both banks.

There is plenty of country town charm, local friendliness and homely accommodation on offer, and we’ve delighted in exploring the region and the best fishing and staying spots: you can read the full feature at Trailer Boat Magazine.

Nagambie, Victoria: Something for everyone


Nagambie (which is the Indigenous word for ‘lagoon’) is more than just a pit stop on the way to Sydney­- it turns out it is a gorgeous family destination. Nagambie was officially proclaimed in 1872 and has an interesting background, with history as a wine-producing and stud-farming region. The entire town is so picturesque you will want to photograph the beautiful turn-of-the-century buildings, bridges, towers and arbours and the local wildlife including birdlife, possums and ‘roos, all ambling peacefully attracted by the waterway.    

It also boasts Lake Nagambie, which is perfect for waterskiing and boarding, rowing, kayaking and sailing and provides direct access to the Goulburn River. For those that prefer to keep feet on soil, you can go sightseeing amongst the local landscape or mountain bike riding across the river flats or up into the Strathbogie ranges. Thrill seekers can jump out planes or ride the 4WD tracks on dirt bikes or mudslingers.

In terms of catching dinner, Lake Nagambie and the Goulburn River hold a delicious variety of fish species including brown and rainbow trout, redfin, tench, carp, blackfish, murray cod, golden perch and the yummy murray crayfish. If that doesn’t work out for you, we’ve located some fantastic local restaurants as backup.

For boaties who like to bring their own, all manner of craft are well catered for, with various options for launching, the details of which you can read in the full feature at Trailer Boat Magazine.

Gippsland Lakes: for boaters of all kinds

Gippsland Lakes

Travel just three hours from Melbourne and you will find the idyllic town of Paynesville. Part of the Gippsland Lakes system, Paynesville is a central starting point to explore more than 400km of navigable waterways, extending from Sale to Lakes Entrance. Paynesville is ideal for boaters of all passions from enormous cruisers through to tiny punts, and the fishing is consistent year round. It’s a past-time in itself checking out what kind of boats your neighbours have brought with them.

In terms of landscape, think Sunshine Coast waterfront living, only more friendly and chilled out. Accommodation ranges from unpowered tents to swish luxury waterfront apartments complete with private jetties on which to unload the day’s catch or feed the waiting ducks, pelicans and swans at sunset.

If you’ve fled the city without your own, or you’re casting loving glances at an aspirational purchase, here you can rent anything from 40ft cruisers to Classic Fishing Boats, receive some expert tuition and set off for a day’s adventuring.

The fishing is top notch, both in Paynesville and the entire estuarine Gippsland Lake system, so here’s some more detail on what’s biting, where, in a full feature at Trailer Boat Magazine.