South East Victoria Holidays
South East Victoria comprises a region stretching from the border with New South Wales and following the coastal belt down to Western Port and Phillip Island in the south.
This is a popular family holiday area that is all about lakes, rivers and beaches. No highrise, no beachfront development, just untouched wilderness.
A fisherman's paradise in either freshwater or ocean. This is also boating country. Canoes, paddleboats, hobycats, runabouts, charter vessels, live-aboard yachts and cruisers.
Places of Interest - South East Victoria
Mallacoota Inlet - overlooks the Gabo Island lighthouse and has year round opportunities for bushwalking, inlet and ocean fishing and walks on the Wilderness Coast. Full day and twilight river cruises are popujlar and there is fishing and wildlife at Gypsy Point and a visit to the Genoa Falls.
Orbost - just 10 minutes from the eastern end of the 90 Mile Beach and also a jumping off point to the Snowy River country of the inland. The rich river flats support flourishing agriculture and timber industries and the local Rainforest Centre offers visitors an introduction to the cool and warm temperate rainforests of the area. The impressive coastline at Cape Conran Reserve is well worth a visit. Pt Ricardo beach is popular for surf fishing and great sunsets with a chance to explore nearby Bemm River and Point Hicks. Grandview Lookout has spectacular views.
Buchan - an inland town and gateway to the Snowy River National Park and the Alpine National Park. This is a place for 4WD tours, abseiling, white water rafting, caving and cave tours plus trout fishing in the Timbarra and Buchan Rivers. Take the tour linking Buchan with The Junction and Gelantipy.
Lakes Entrance - a very popular destination with Victorian holiday makers. The area enjoys warm winters and mild summers. Fishing is possible in the lakes, rivers and ocean. Holiday makers can hire boats, catamarans, windsurfers, canoes, jet skis plus every imaginable form of water fun or transport. Kite flying, fauna parks, historic homesteads and an aquarium are all part of the local scene. Nearby Metung and Paynesville are villages in the heart of the Gippsland Lakes offering peaceful relaxation and ideal centres for boating holidays.
Bairnsdale - the largest centre of the lakes area, situated at the junction of the Princes Highway along the coast and the Omeo Highway turning inland towards the high country. A sensible location for those wanting a vacation that combines coast and country.
Sale - the major town of the Gippsland region and situated on the junction of the Princes Highway and the Gippsland Highway. An ideal jumping off point to the Ninety Mile Beach in the south. The Sale Wetlands are a popular location for bird enthusiasts. A short drive to the north takes in the timber town of Heyfield, now one of the gateways to the high country and part of the Country Road Scenic Drive network. Nearby Stratford was the first permanent settlement in Gippsland and is on the Pioneer Way Heritage Trail.
Ninety Mile Beach - pristine white sands and coastal dunes stretching from Port Albert in the west to Lakes Entrance in the east. It is best appreciated by following the Ninety Mile Beach Wildlife Trail from Sale through the holiday retreat of Loch Sport, then back along the coastline through Golden Beach and Seaspray. A short detour inland and then its back to the fishing villages at McLoughlans Beach, Manns Beach and historic charm of Port Albert. A visit to Nooramunga Marine Park offers a chance to see the local marine life.
Traralgon - originally a rest stop for gold miners passing through but now a major paper and pulp centre and the focus of Victoria's energy industry. Remnants of the gold rush architecture are still visible in the town. Loy Yang power station to the south is one of Australia's biggest engineering ventures.
Morwell - an industrial town servicing a local power station, coal mines and pulp and paper industries. Mine tours are available as part of the town's promotion of industrial tourism. The town is home to the well known Morwell Rose Garden.
Moe - a coal mining town with some interesting historical displays. Old Gippsland Pioneer Township has many old buildings and working displays of historic crafts. Pay a visit to the Gippsland Heritage Centre. Travel north to Walhalla on the goldfields railway and visit the restored gold mining town.
Wilsons Promontory - a very popular national park, one of the first to be established in the world. A top destination for all walkers. A place of estuarine swamps, fern gullies, rainforest and wildlife, some of which has become very tame. The is over 80km of walking tracks with the Mt Oberon and Squeaky Beach walks recommended.