The seemingly endless Gippsland Lakes network contains 600 square kilometres of lakes, marshes and lagoons that provide a safe haven for avian and marine life in an environment which supports a diversity of flora. The Lakes National Park and Gippsland Lakes Coastal Park both offer peaceful camping spots and a multitude of bush walking tracks. The area is inhabited by kangaroos, wallabies, koalas and many species of birds and is a wonderland for nature lovers.
The Lakes are perfect for watersports; recreational fishing and boating activities. All around the Lakes there are tranquil camping sites from which you can launch your own canoe, paddle board or kayak.
If being in the water is not your thing, try your hand at fishing from the long stretch of sand Ninety Mile Beach where the Gippsland Lakes meet the Southern Ocean. If you’re lucky, you might even spot a pod of whales or dolphins frolicking as you relax on the beach.
Must-See Wineries & Markets
Sip delicious wine on the deck overlooking the expanse of vines at Gippsland Avon Ridge Vineyard. Indulge in a French inspired meal created by a Michelin trained chef at Cannibal Creek Winery or check out the pinot noir at a more urban type of cellar door at Dirty Three Wines in Inverloch. In central Gippsland, try Tom’s Cap Vineyard Retreat for fresh modern food, delicious wine and stay the night in the award winning Tom’s Cap Cottages.
The diversity in environments across Gippsland ensures a wide selection of wines at the cellar doors of its wineries. Gippsland offers connoisseurs cool climate pinot noirs, shiraz, pinot gris and chardonnay.
Farmers markets in Gippsland are the epitome of country living. Gather fresh foods and produce and enjoy meeting the farmers who plant, tend and harvest the food, then sell it to you with a smile. Every community in this stunning part of the world showcases its delicious produce at weekend markets.
Camping & Bush Adventures
Gippsland has hundreds of bush and beach camping locations. Pitch your tent at picturesque Paradise Valley, in the Lake Glenmaggie area, or go bush and roll out your swag in any of Gippsland’s national parks.
If roughing it doesn’t appeal, there are some brilliant glamping options. Try the Wilderness Retreats safari style tents at Buchan and Cape Conran for a touch of luxury.
Mountain Top Experience have a range of 4WD adventures that enable visitors to explore the bush either as tag-a-longs or as passengers with an experienced guide.Whether you want a day adventure or an overnight trip, this is an exciting way to explore some of Gippsland’s ‘off the beaten track’ environments.