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Land Based Activities
Land Based Activities
Touring & Great Drives
Bring your own or hire a car, motorcycle, four-wheel drive or recreational vehicle to explore one of Australia’s most beautiful and diverse natural playgrounds.
From the Gippsland Lakes, Raymond Island and the Mitchell River Silt Jetties to the gold-mining history of the High Country and the Snowy River; the majesty of Croajingolong National Park and Cape Conran Coastal Park to the maritime history of Metung and Shipwreck Creek, there is plenty to see and do.
The Great Alpine Road is Australia’s highest sealed road and offers spectacular alpine scenery, river valleys, lakes and food and wine. The Melbourne to Sydney drive passes through East Gippsland and many of our picturesque coastal destinations. Venture off the highway to uncover idyllic locations and unique experiences.
The Bogong Apine Way is one of the finest driving routes in the country. Starting at Omeo the 235km loop navigates Victoria's breathtaking alpine region through the villages of Anglers Rest, Falls Creek Alpine Resort, Mt Beauty, Bright, Mt Hotham Alpine Resort and Dinner Plain, finishing again at Omeo.The road between Omeo and Falls Creek is closed over winter.
East Gippsland boasts an exciting range of cycling activities. Bring your bike – or hire one here – and cycle through farmland, towering forests and coastal landscapes. From cycle trails such as the 90 km East Gippsland Rail Trail and the picturesque Gippsland Lakes Discovery Trail, to three superb Mountain Bike Parks, to road cycling routes and cycling events there is much on offer for you to experience.
Family Cycling and Trails: East Gippsland offers some superb cycling trails. On the East Gippsland Rail Trail extending almost 100 kms from Bairnsdale to Orbost you can cycle your way across our beautiful region. The Rail Trail traverses picturesque rural scenery and takes you into the East Gippsland forests. Either connecting with or passing through friendly rural towns such as Nicholson, Bruthen and Nowa Nowa you're sure to find refreshment and accommodation options along the way.
By exploring the Gippsland Lakes Discovery Trail that links the Rail Trail to Lakes Entrance and the magnificent Gippsland Lakes you're sure to see some of the very best of East Gippsland. In Lakes Entrance, you can enjoy the Foreshore Cycling Track while enjoying the view of the fishing trawler fleet. Paynesville has the Sunset Cove Walking/Bike Track which runs along the water and is a great ride for children 6 or older. Bairnsdale has the Mitchell River Walking/Bike Track which runs along the beautiful Mitchell River. The East Gippsland Rail Trail can also be a wonderful place to ride with the family.
Mountain Biking: Get on your bike and shred the 3 sets of great Mountain Bike Parks on offer in East Gippsland. The Colquhoun Mountain Bike Park just west of Lakes Entrance has both a cross country track and pump track. The Mt Taylor Mountain Bike Park not far out of Bairnsdale has great tracks and has hosted Victorian championship titles. DH track starts off Tower Rd just below the communications tower. XC track is 4.8km long rating black diamond. Follow the Mt Taylor Mountain Bike Park Facebook page to keep updated with all the latest news, conditions and maps.
The Nowa Nowa Mountain Bike Park has 35km of trails, 20km of mountain bike trails and 15km of dual purpose tracks for walking and cycling. This bike park is family friendly for children above 6yrs of age.
Road Cycling: The pleasure of taking your cycle to the road here in East Gippsland is all about great routes along country roads with superb rural views. Make picturesque Bairnsdale your base and ride out to explore Lindenow and the fertile Mitchell River Flats returning through Flaggy Creek and Wy Yung. Or head towards the Gippsland Lakes and Paynesville and Raymond Island visiting the wonder of the Mitchell River Silt Jetties.
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Walks & Bushwalking
East Gippsland boasts a wonderful range of walking activities. Enjoy a walk around any of our towns along the waters edge or through the magnificent bush scenery. Take a short walk down a long jetty, or a long bushwalk in remote bushland - there are dozens of walks and trails to choose from.
The Entrance Walk in Lakes Entrance allows you to explore coastal sand dune habitat leading you to the historic man-made entrance to the Gippsland Lakes. Or enjoy the walk over the bridge taking you to the spectacular Ninety Mile Beach. Maps of the Lakes Entrance town and walks can allow you to explore the natural beauty of this coastal town.
Head off to Marlo to enjoy spectacular views along the Snowy River Estuary Walk, or to Mallacoota where the Mallacoota Coastal Walk will give you a stunning experience in the coastal wilderness. The Mitchell River Walking Track leads you to the must see Den of Nargun, with a loop walk featuring the Bluff Lookout and a rainforest gully where natural steping stones lead you to the Den itself.
For walks in the Alpine High Country, visit the regions of Omeo & Benambra and Swifts Creek & Ensay where you will find all the walking maps and tracks to show you all the beauty and history of this region. Find out more about these and numerous other walks from the Inspiring Gippsland Walks brochure. Just remember to tell someone where you are going and enjoy your walk!
From the great twists and turns of the Great Alpine Road to the cool coastal drives, there is a great road trip ahead for any motor cycle enthusiast who visits East Gippsland.
With the wind in your face and fantastic scenery all around, your two wheel experience has just begun. Replenish in small country towns with a drink or meal and then continue on your exploration of the back roads and lanes.
Motorbike riders should be aware of log trucks, caravans and boats on trailers as a regular traffic occurrence. If planning a trip to the Great Alpine Road in winter check the weather forecast, you don’t want to ride into gale force winds, snow or ice. For more information pick up the Ultimate Rides brochure from local Visitor Information Centres.
East Gippsland is an ideal place to explore on horseback with vast areas of magnificent natural environment and the well-worn tracks of mountain cattlemen. There is plenty of variety for riders of all abilities.
Follow the leader in a group or bring your own horse to gallop through the high country or explore authorised areas of the stunning East Gippsland coast. Introduce yourself to horse riding on an organised trail ride or, if you prefer to sit back and watch, take in one of the regular rodeos or camp drafts held in the area.
The Buchan Caves is nestled in a picturesque valley in East Gippsland and hides an underground world of colour and enchantment just waiting to be discovered. Hundreds of caves are located in this region and some of the most spectacular limestone formations in Australia can be found here. The reserves is home to the Royal Cave and Fairy Cave, two of the finest caves in the region boasting elaborate stalactites and stalagmites and beautiful calcite.
Tour times, pricing and ticketing infomation is available online through Parks Victoria.
Wild cave experinces are available throughout East Gippsland for those who are looking for adventure! See the Tourist Information centres for details.
There are so many great places to go camping, weather that in the sand dunes, along a deserted creek or in the high country. Many camping locaitons are managed by the State Government, so the best place to find details is to go to www.parkweb.vic.gov.au or call the local Visitor Information Centre.
There are clubs at Tambo Valley, Orbost, Lakes Entrance, Metung, Bairnsdale and Mallacoota. Pack your clubs and enjoy the coastal views as you tee off from any of the local sites. Admire the wide expanse of the Gippsland Lakes at some clubs, or finish your round with mountain views or in a native bush setting potentilly surrounded by a multitude of wildlife, including kangaroos, emus, wombats, water dragons and birds.
4WD and AWD
4WD/AWD is on tap in East Gippsland, drive on forest tracks in your AWD or encounter extreme 4WD routes through rugged country. All the excitement and adventure and with a diverse range of AWD track networks help you immerse yourself with adventure, natural beauty and isolation.
Escape to East Gippsland in your 4WD and discover the wild and remote beauty of mountain and coastal landscapes. A range of track networks allows drivers to explore all corners of the region, from the high-altitude environments of the Alpine National Park to the hinterland forests and beaches of Croajingolong and Snowy River Country in between. Some tracks are for experienced drivers only, but there are plenty to satisfy any level of four-wheel drive experience. Whatever type of car you drive, you will gain access to remote and beautiful locations.
Enjoy a couple of hours drive close to towns or take a trip deeper into the bush for some real 4WD experiences. East Gippsland has all the boxes ticked. Explore the Davies Plain Drive in and around Omeo's High Country or go deep into Snowy River Country on the Stringers Knob Mottle Loop or drive the Coopracambra Link and explore the old growth forest areas in Far East Gippsland and the Croajingolong National Park. Tracks range in difficulty from novice to extreme
Spectacular sights from old railway bridges or high vantage locations will become memorable photo opportunities. Plan ahead and spend some days stopping off in varied accommodation along your way. Camping sites are also available in our national parks and forests if living the bush is your style.