Explore Gippsland's nature-based adventures

Distance: 500km via Yarram, Sale, Bairnsdale, Lakes Entrance and Orbost

Victoria’s stunning east coast and Gippsland forests are a feature of this amazing tour along the Gippsland coast.

Wonthaggi is 90 minutes from Melbourne via the South Gippsland and Bass Highways.

The latter highway will take you right by Phillip Island and the island’s penguins, seals and other natural attractions.

Wonthaggi is home to the old State Coal Mine, Victoria’s only source of black coal. The mine kept the Victorian Railways running for almost a century. You can now explore the diggings and stay.

From there, head south-east toVictoria’s first and Australia’s second national park at Wilsons Promontory. There is a myriad of hikes, sightseeing opportunities and coastal and rainforest experiences. Most services visitors and campers will need at Tidal River. If you are planning to camp at Wilsons’ Prom you’ll need to book ahead via Parks Victoria’s website.

Alternatively, follow the Grand Ridge Rd through the Strzelecki Ranges and the Tarra Bulga National Park along the way to Yarram. Try Port Albert for some of the best fish and chips you’ll ever eat, caught fresh from Corner Inlet.

This is the southern end of Ninety Mile Beach. This vast arc of sand stretches from nearby Barry Beach to Lakes Entrance. There are many secluded coastal reserves, beachside camping spots, never-ending surf and some brilliant beach fishing.

Fun fact: The Ninety Mile Beach is not 90 miles (144km) long. It’s actually 151km (94 miles) long.

The Ninety Mile Beach separates the Bass Strait from the incredible Gippsland Lakes.

Wild Gippsland rivers including the Latrobe, Thomson, Macalister, Mitchell and Tambo rivers feed the lakes.

Use Sale, Bairnsdale and Lakes Entrance or smaller centres like Paynesville and Metung to explore the Gippsland Lakes, Coastal Park.

Those main towns are a great base to head north into the ranges to see the parks and wilderness beyond Heyfield, Licola and Dargo.

Head east along the Princes Hwy to Orbost to see the Snowy River, National Park.

This park includes the Little River Gorge, Victoria’s highest gorge and the 600m-high Little River Falls, Victoria’s highest waterfall. See the mouth of the Snowy at nearby Marlo.

From there, drive through the gorgeous Gippsland rainforest to Mallacoota.

Visit Croajingolong National Park’s most well-known spots including Cape Conran, Bemm River, the Point Hicks Lighthouse.

There is a memorial at Point Hicks to the first European sighting of Australia’s east coast from the Endeavour in 1770.

Then, you'll arrive in beautiful Mallacoota.

Once there, the Mallacoota Inlet and surrounding hills are paradise for boating, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, swimming, mountain biking and bushwalking.

The town has a hotel, a supermarket, restaurants and all the facilities to make your stay comfortable.

Before you go remember to: 

  • download the VicEmergency app and tune into the local emergency broadcasters
  • keep 1.5 metres from anyone you don’t live with
  • carry a fitted face mask to wear in large retail premises or if you’re in a crowd
  • get tested and isolate at your accommodation if possible if you have any coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms while you’re away
  • book ahead or have a plan B in case your destination is at capacity
  • never leave a campfire unattended, and always extinguish them with water rather than soil
  • shop local and support our Victorian businesses and producers, and
  • keep up-to-date on public health information at

Reviewed 14 April 2021

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