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.
From there, head south-east to. 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.
This is the southern end of . 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.
Wild Gippsland rivers including the Latrobe, Thomson, Macalister, Mitchell and Tambo rivers feed the lakes.
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.
There is a memorial at Point Hicks to the first European sighting of Australia’s east coast from the Endeavour in 1770.
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