Growing up in Gippsland it is interesting to explore all the different areas! From the beach to the mountains and to the snow, Gippsland really does offer a bit of everything. Close to Melbourne, if you are ever heading for an adventure to Gippsland, try some of these places.
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Snow – Mt St Gwinear
Are you looking to head to the snow, but don’t want to pay a fortune? St Gwinear is a good spot in the snow season. Just past Erica, heading to Mt Baw Baw, parking is free and it is a great place to travel to if you are looking for a Sunday funday adventure.
You can hire snow chains in Erica and toboggans for $4 (plus a $10 deposit) from the Parks Victoria office up at Gwinear.
With two toboggan tracks and great bush land to explore, it is a great way to enjoy the snow without paying lots of money! St Gwinear has a food truck for hot and cold drinks, plus snacks and a heated room shelter just in case the snow gets too much!
For cross country skiers the area offers five trails for you to enjoy. A great day out and not too far off the main road!
Easily the most beautiful place in Gippsland, Wilsons Promontory is located in south Gippsland and is a place you must visit! The Prom is great for camping, scenic walks and lazying around at the beach. As you drive into the Prom you will see beaches and walking track signs all the way to Tidal River. Once you hit the centre of the Prom you can look around the General Store, walk to the beach or find out more information on all the beautiful nature walks they have to offer.
If you want to do Mt Oberon you can get the bus from the parking lot, which will take you to the bottom of the mountain.
Living near the Prom I have had great experiences exploring around the national park. Mt Bishop was a walk similar to Mt Oberon, a little harder, with a different view. Lilly Pilly is a nice easy walk and heading to Squeaky Beach is definitely a must when on the prom, the sand is so white and the beach is so beautiful.
For challenging walks Mt Oberon and Mt Bishop are good for the day, but if you are a keen hiker there are over night hikes you can do!
Wilsons Prom is one of my favourite places to visit, so beautiful and so much to do and so much to see. The images really speak for themselves.
Mushroom Rocks – Erica
Located a few km’s out of Erica, Mushroom Rocks is a nice weekend walk through the trees. As you walk through you get a glimpse of massive rocks, they are actually incredible.
Trying to find the Mushroom looking rocks during the walk, we stumbled across an old ski hunt buried in the trees, which was a little haunted looking but really interesting. After hiking up a little further we stumbled across the ‘mushroom rocks’ that are formed in a mushroom shape when water seeps into the rock formation and moves the part of the rock to form the mushroom shape.
All up the walk is around 3km return and is nice for some fresh air and fitness!
Places to Eat:
Little Prince – Traralgon
If you are in Gippsland and are looking for good food, head to Little Prince! With a similar menu style to restaurants in Melbourne like Chin Chin and Mr Miyagi, Little Prince is a modern restaurant that gives classic dishes a great twist!
The menu features little bites, big bites, sliders, mini tacos and everything in between! But if you are a lot like me, try the ‘feed me’ option where you get a little bit of everything and you don’t have to make the choice!
A favourite of mine on the menu is the BBQ corn on the cob, the scallop dumplings and the duck salad! A great combination of food and great service to go with it!
Raw Harvest – Newborough
New to Gippsland, Raw Harvest is a healthy organic cafe serving delicious food made from local produce.
Not only do they serve meals from Wednesday to Sunday, but they also do pre-order meals for you to pick up – see you later meal prep.
Raw Harvest serve fresh, healthy meals for breakfast and lunch. They are packed with great flavour and the staff are very friendly.
Middels – Drouin
Just off the Monash Freeway, Middels is a great place for every meal! They have a great range of tapas, which are my favourite. However they do have main meals to choose from as well. Middels also has a great cocktail list, get the cherry one it is amazing!
So my choice for lunch was the oven baked pumpkin, very light but full of flavour and the Spanish meat balls, which doesn’t sound like much but the dishes are really big! The fried Camembert and chicken popcorn are also fabulous choices!
The highlight of lunch was the sharing dessert platter – which I think was a special! Wow, it has everything from fairy floss, chocolate fondue to panna cotta, sorbet and macaroons, it was just yum!
Overall really nice restaurant with good food and great cocktails, what more could you want?
Vault Kitchen and Bar – Morwell
The latest place to open in Morwell, Vault Kitchen suits all needs of eating and drinking. They serve breakfast and lunch every day except Sunday, have happy hour on a Friday night (with a live act) and host dinner Tuesday-Saturday! They have a huge breakfast and lunch menu – so I’m sure the dinner options are amazing.
The menu consists of a huge variety and different options to try. They offer hot stone food – cook it yourself – and hot chocolates with fairy floss to melt! If you like to try new foods you need to go to Vault Kitchen. The atmosphere is warm and inviting in winter and the big open space and windows will make it a great spot in summer as well!
If you like to try different food go for the smashed avo with a twist! The twist is the scallops… yes I know it sounds strange, but the flavours work so well!
The staff are friendly and the food is amazing – check it out!