The Snowy River is located in the Snowy River National Park and the Alpine National Park with many areas to enjoy her natural beauty. The river is 325kms in length and is renowned for canoeing and rafting. The river and the national parks are ideal for those who appreciate magnificent forests, rugged gorges and wild landscapes.
The Snowy River offers thrilling canoeing and white water rafting opportunities with rugged gorges, rapids, flat sections with sand bars and beautiful scenery. The gentle slopping sand bars make ideal camp spots for extended trips.
McKillops Bridge is one of the few places with conventional vehicle access to the Snowy River, making it the best canoe launching place for experienced adventurers wanting to explore the gorges downstream. The Deddick River meets the Snowy just upstream of the bridge and wide sandy beaches with shallow rock pools between the rapids make this a great swimming spot.
Car touring and 4WD access is available though the national parks with all major roads suitable for 2WD vehicles.
St Marys Church
The much loved murals of St Mary's, Bairnsdale, cover the walls and ceiling, depicting saints, the holy trinity and scenes of hell, purgatory, heaven and the crucifixion.
In 1931 Italian artist Francesco Floreani was looking for work in the Bairnsdale area when a local priest offered him the job of decorating the interior of a church. Little did the priest know that 70 years later the murals Floreani painted on the inside of St Mary's church would attract thousands of visitors from all over the world. Floreani painted the murals between 1931- 1934 and again after an extension of the building
Every year the church receives up to 80,000 visitors from all over Australia and the world. In 1883 when Bairnsdale was declared a parish, a substantial church of bricks and timber was built to accommodate up to 400 people. It was dedicated to Mary Immaculate and blessed by Archbishop Gould of Melbourne. The foundation stone of the present Church of Mary Immaculate, now known as St Mary's was laid in 1913. It was 23 years later when the church was extended to include an entrance porch, baptistry, gallery and 140 feet tower, surmounted by a dome. The church became a most imposing structure.
Recognition of the chuch's position in Australia's cultural heritage has been acknowledged with a National Trust classification and has been described as "one of the most remarkable of the red brick Roman churches by architect A.A Fritsch." It has been said and is to be believed, that the murals rival those of Italy and Spain. The church doors are always open throughout the day for your viewing and praying pleasure!
Point Hicks Lighthouse
Captain Cook first sighted the shores of Australia in 1770 from the Endeavour,and this magnificent point off the south east cost of Australia was named Point Hicks after a crewman on board. Having lived its days keeping people from its shores, it now welcomes them to experience the exhilarating and remote location, in historic oregon and baltic pine cottages with cosy wood fires.
The Point Hicks Lighthouse is situated deep within the Croajingalong National Park and still serves as a warning beacon to those at sea. You can still do lighthouse tours conducted by the resident managers of the lighthouse and may be lucky to hear the ghost of Kristofferson, a lighthouse keeper who was lost whilst pulling up a cray pot off the point. His boots can be heard climbing the impressive spiral staircase up to the top of the lighthouse. High in the tower the light fresnel lens and clockwork mechanisms that sent the light beam 26 nautical miles out to sea are still intact to see. Constructed to British Admirality standards, it is an excellent example of nautical engineering.
Accommodation is available with two cottages on-site known as the Keepers Cottages. The larger of the two, the assistant lighthouse keepers cottage is divided into two and is available for guest accommodation. Bookings can be made through the Point Hicks Lighthouse website.
Mitchell River Silt Jetties
The Mitchell River Silt Jetties located in Eagle Point are naturally formed narrow banks of silt that run for 8km. The silt jetties are the largest in the world.
From Eagle Point Bluff, theybecome a series of long, narrow, winding silt jetties which extend eastwards out into the lake for 8 km. There is a part bitumen/part gravel road all the way to the end, with many favourite fishing spots along the way. The silt was deposited over millions of years when the Mitchell River slowed as it entered Lake King. The jetties are also home to a large range of native animals and birds.
Spanning one territory, two states and 16 national parks, the Australian Alps is Australia’s rooftop, offering magnificent views and year-round opportunities for outdoor adventure. At more than 646,000 hectares, Alpine National Park is the largest national park in Victoria and joins with national parks in NSW and the ACT to protect most of the Australian Alps area. This magnificent park contains 10 of the 11 highest mountains in Victoria and boasts stunning topography including wild rivers, impressive escarpments, snow gum forests and open grasslands.
The Australian Alps offer a year-round destination for outdoor activities, whether it is skiing and snowboarding in winter, bushwalking, mountain biking, horse riding, white-water rafting, four-wheel-driving or fly-fishing for trout in a pristine mountain stream. A great way to experience the region is to drive the Great Alpine Road which winds through the heart of the Victorian Alps and offers panoramic views as far as the eye can see.
Australia’s Coastal Wilderness
Straddling the Victoria/NSW state border, Australia's Coastal Wilderness is an unspoilt wilderness where natural beauty, history and living culture abound. It includes ecosystems so valuable that UNESCO has proclaimed the area a World Biosphere Reserve.
A highlight is East Gippsland’s Croajingolong National Park – more than 50 mammal species and 1000 native plant species can be found in this national park and the abundance of birdlife represents about a third of Australia’s total number of bird species.
Along the coast, white-bellied sea eagles soar over granite cliff-faces, while offshore, a large colony of little penguins nest under the shadow of the lighthouse on windswept Gabo Island, lying just offshore from the picturesque community of Mallacoota. Further south, the huge sand dunes at Thurra River rise to a height of over 100 metres above sea level.
Adjacent to Croajingolong National Park, the Cape Howe wilderness extends across the border into NSW where it meets the Nadgee wilderness. These adjoining areas are the largest unmodified coastal landscapes in south-east Australia. Together, they form the boundaries of the Biosphere Reserve.
Sydney to Melbourne Coastal Drive
Taking in dramatic landscapes, deserted surf beaches and the pristine waterways of the Gippsland Lakes, the 1,292 kilometre long Sydney to Melbourne Coastal Drive follows Australia’s number one highway – the Princes Highway – between its two major east coast cities. Take your time and explore the stunning natural surrounds of East Gippsland. Meet locals and enjoy country hospitality in one of the many must-see places just a short distances from the highway.
On your drive, take time and explore some of the beautiful coast towns of East Gippsland, including Mallacoota and Lakes Entrance where you will find a stop or a stayover an enjoyable one.
One of Victoria’s premier holiday destinations, Lakes Entrance is beloved for its swimming beaches, waterfront cafes and fleet of colourful fishing boats, many of which sell the day’s catch from the jetties. Located 319 kilometres from Melbourne on the edge of Ninety Mile Beach where the Gippsland Lakes meet the ocean, Lakes Entrance offers myriad water-based activities. Close by, Lake Tyers Beach offers real tranquility and a perfect holiday option. Join a guided boat tour of the Gippsland Lakes, admire the coastal scenery from Kalimna Lookout, stroll across the footbridge from the foreshore promenade to see the vast expanse of Ninety Mile Beach or pick up paper-wrapped fresh fish and chips from a local seafood shop. Alternatively, cast a line off the beach or hire a paddleboat, cruiser or a catamaran and catch your own.
There is so much to see and do in Lakes Entrance. Explore Lakes Entrance and the area's stunning beaches, lakes and wilderness areas and breathtaking drives. Stay in Lakes Entrance whilst you enjoy all the area has to offer with a broad range of accommodation to suit everyones needs. Take a Tour and enjoy the range of options on the water and land which will allow you to see all that the area has to offer.
Visit the underground splendour of stalactites and stalagmites in the Buchan Caves. A world of colour and enchantment below, you will marvel at the formations and maze of caves.
Dating back over 300 million years, ancient rivers flowing and seeping through limestone rock formed the Caves. Europeans first explored them in the early 1900’s.
The Fairy Cave presents a visual tapestry of rich limestone shapes and Royal Cave is noted for the calcite-rimmed pools. The Caves are fully lit with walkways. Guided tours are conducted daily in both. Tours to ‘wild’ caves can also be arranged for small groups.
Stay right at the Caves Reserve above ground. Camp or stay in Cabins, or try the Wilderness Retreats for a mix of both. Wildlife like kangaroos, bellbirds & lyrebirds are commonly seen within the reserve.
90 Mile Beach
Ninety Mile Beach is a stretch of golden sand, which runs for 151 kilometres (94 miles) between Port Albert and Lakes Entrance. The beach is made up of long sandy dunes and separates the Gippsland Lakes – including Lake King, Lake Victoria and Lake Wellington – from Bass Strait. Moor your boat near the lakeshore and walk through the protected coastal park to the beach. Natural and unspoiled, the region is ideal for a variety of activities, including walking, fishing and whale watching. Swimmers are advised to stick to patrolled stretches of beach around Lakes Entrance, Woodside and Seaspray, as strong rips and cross currents can make conditions hazardous. Ninety Mile Beach is part of the Lakes National Park.