South & West Gippsland Region

Koonwarra Village

Koonwarra Store (15 mins drive): Food store, South Gippsland Highway, serves fantastic food and wines. Ph: 03 5664 2285 Fax: 03 5664 2309 Opening times: Daily – 8:30 am – 5:30 pm Licensing: Fully Licensed & BYO
• Seasonal – The food and wine menus reflect the vital earthy produce of the season. The Store’s pantry products and Gippsland produce delight, featuring handmade seasonal items. The beautiful rose, herb and cottage gardens provide us with the freshest herbs and fruits, reflecting seasonal harvests.
• Regional – Local quality product is sourced from artisan producers and profiles these as Gippsland’s best.
• Sustainable – Strongly supporting organic, low-impact suppliers. Practices and products. The Store hand-makes produce, cakes, desserts, condiments and bottled fruits which form the basis of the menus, and feature in a wholesale range and farmer’s market products.

Koonwarra Day Spa: 9 Koala Drv, Koonwarra

The Koonwarra Day Spa is located in a quiet and relaxing natural bushland setting. One hour massage or a full day of pampering, you will leave feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. Enjoy some quality time with a friend or loved one by having some treatments together in the couples room.

Mirboo North

Mirboo North (20 mins drive) marks the halfway point on the magnificent Grand Ridge Road in Central Gippsland. Looking down from its high ridge, this traditional country town is surrounded by some of the most scenic views in the area.
• Drive the 132 kilometre Grand Ridge Road that snakes its way through the Strzelecki Ranges and provides fabulous scenic views. Visitors can cycle the Grand Ridge Rail Trail between Mirboo North and Boolarra, or play 18 holes at the Mirboo North Golf Club.
• Cast a fishing line in crystal clear streams filled with blackfish and trout. The Tarwin River East and West, Berry’s Creek and Turton’s Creek are all popular spots for fishing.
• Historic town – See native flora including the town’s emblem, the lily, and beautifully decorated street murals capturing the spirit of the town’s early days. Mirboo North is also home to the renowned Grand Ridge Brewery, winner of over 100 international awards.

Meeniyan

Situated on the South Gippsland Highway, Meeniyan (20 mins drive) is a picturesque country township and is the turning point to Wilson’s Promontory and Latrobe Valley. The median strip lined and shaded by mature trees is the home of a war memorial.
• There are some interesting shops including home goods, jewellery, the Meeniyan Art Gallery and Moo’s Cafe/Restaurant which services very tasty modern cuisine and local wines.

Fish Creek

Fish Creek (25 mins drive) is located past Meeniyan on the way to Wilson’s Prom and is a quaint little town/village that can also be accessed via the Gippsland Rail Trail.
• There are some interesting arts and crafts shops including Ride the Wild Goat and Gecko Art Gallery. Good eating includes the OK Cafe/Restaurant/Bar and a lovely old ‘art deco pub that serves good meals.

Foster

Arrive in Foster (35 mins drive) and you’ve reached the gateway to Gippsland’s spectacular natural attractions. The town is just 30 minutes from Wilsons Promontory National Park and a short drive from other popular destinations including Shallow Inlet, Corner Inlet, Sandy Point and Waratah Bay.
• Originally a gold mining town settled in 1871, mining ceased in the 1930s and it has since acted as the major service centre for Wilsons Promontory. Visit Foster Museum and learn about Foster’s gold, forestry, dairying and social history.
• The town offers inspiring views over Corner Inlet to the peaks of the Prom. Visit local lookouts such as Foster North Lookout on the South Gippsland Highway or Mt Nicholl Lookout. Embark on Hayes Walk and view the site of Victory Mine, the town’s largest gold mine. The walk starts in town and takes approximately 15 minutes to complete.
• Head to Shallow Inlet for windsurfing or Corner Inlet for birdwatching and fishing. Swim at the local beaches of Sandy Point and Waratah Bay.

Inverloch

Admire spectacular coastal scenery, take a dip in the sea or go wind-surfing – Inverloch (20 mins drive) is your gateway to the beautiful protected waters of Anderson Inlet, often described as the most popular estuary in Victoria.
• Well known for its great fish and chips, the town also has a number of very good casual dining cafes and restaurants, some of the best include:
o Tomo, Modern Japanese, 23 A’Beckett Street
o Vela 9, Modern Australian, 9 A’Beckett Street
o The Inlet Hotel, 3-5 The Esplanade, Inverloch VIC 3996

Korumburra

Coal Creek Community Park and Museum, South Gippsland Highway, Korumburra South (15 mins drive), Victoria 3950. Come take a walk through time!
• With free entry and unlimited fun for the whole family. Coal Creek Community Park and Museum is a great day out. Ride the bush tramway, dine in the café or simply enjoy the natural surrounds. Visit the animals within the park and enjoy a picnic in one of the many picnic spots around the park. Talk to the volunteers for knowledge on local history and let them amaze you with their skilled craftsmanship. Visit the general store for one of the Victoria’s finest displays and demonstrations of yesteryear. Learn the history of Coal from its beginning and see the tools the men used to build their homes and lives within South Gippsland.

Loch Village

The township of Loch in South Gippsland was established with the coming of the railway in the 1876.
• Loch Village, is a thriving craft community with cosy cafes, charming curios, antique stores and galleries.
• The village is set back from the highway amongst colourful cottage gardens that spill out cheekily onto the street.
• Loch Village hosts some of the best festivals and events in Gippsland including the Loch Village Food and Wine Festival which is presented over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend in June.

Wilsons Promontory

Wilsons Promontory National Park is one of Victoria’s most-loved places.
Address: Promontory Rd, Tidal River, Victoria 3960
• At the southernmost tip of mainland Australia, it offers spectacular scenery of huge granite mountains, open forest, rainforest, sweeping beaches and coastlines.
Great bushwalks extend from under an hour to over three days. Visitors can camp, caravan or stay in huts, cabins, wilderness retreats or lodges at Tidal River where there is a general store and take-away food shop.
Wilsons Promontory Lightstation is perched on a small peninsula jutting into the wild seas of Bass Strait.
The waters surrounding the Prom are protected as a marine national park and marine park and offer outstanding diving.

Phillip Island

Wildlife Viewing – Penguin Parade. Experience one of Australia’s most popular attractions.
• Each night at sunset you’ll be amazed by Little Penguins returning ashore after a day’s fishing. See the world’s smallest penguin in its natural habitat from viewing stands and boardwalks. Enjoy interactive and educational displays in the visitor centre and the spectacular coastal scenery from the Penguin Parade. This experience is sure to be the highlight of your visit. As the sun fades in the sky, Little Penguins waddle up the beach to the safety of their homes in the sand dunes. Witness this magical procession – it is a treat never forgotten.
• Phillip Island offers sheltered swimming beaches, renowned fishing hot spots and a rugged coastline for surfing.
• Motor Sports – Phillip Island, the self-styled home of Australian motorsport, is steeped in motor racing tradition, with the first car races having been held there on public roads in the 1920s. The first motorcycle races took place in 1931 and a permanent track was built in 1956. The circuit fell into disrepair during the late 70s and early 80s until it was bought in 1985 and given a AUS $5m facelift. MotoGP returned in 1989 and 1990 before becoming a regular fixture once more from 1997 onwards. The Phillip Island circuit is blessed with breathtaking scenery and beautiful ocean views and, as one of the fastest, most fluid, tracks on the calendar, it continues to provide some of the most spectacular racing in the MotoGP season.
Great Southern Rail Trail – Distance: 46.3km one way
http://www.visitmelbourne.com/Regions/Gippsland/Activities-and-attractions/Outdoor-activities/Cycling/Cycling-trails/Great-Southern-Rail-Trail.aspx
This mostly flat or gently undulating trail goes through lush dairy farmland, areas of remnant bush and lowland scrub. It climbs from the foothills of Fish Creek up past Mount Hoddle and then down a steep descent through dense forest out into magnificent views of Wilsons Promontory and Corner Inlet. The track is generally smooth dirt or gravel track.
• Grade: Level 1 – No experience required, suitable for beginners and children.
• Level 2 – Suitable for most ages and fitness levels, some riding experience recommended.
• Start: Section 1 – Leongatha. Section 2 – Meeniyan and Finish: Section 1 – Koonwarra. Section 2 – Foster
• Note: The section between Koonwarra and Meeniyan is yet to be completed, so you need to ride the trail in two sections: Leongatha–Koonwarra and Meeniyan–Foster.
Bikes can be hired in Leongatha at Re:Cycling, 6 Koonwarra Rd (Sth Gippsland Hwy) Phone 0488 905 262. Trading hours Tues-Fri 8.30-4, Sat 10-4.

Farmers Markets

Join the real food revolution…and taste the difference!
The Australian Farmers’ Markets Association (AFMA) is a voluntary organisation convened in 2003 to create a networking entity committed to supporting the development and growth of best-practice and sustainable farmers’ markets across Australia.
Local produce farmers markets are held every Saturday throughout the year, as long as the weather allows!
• 1st Saturday each month – Koonwarra & Bairnsdale
• 2nd Saturday each month – Coal Creek Korumburra & Metung
• 3rd Saturday each month – Foster & Sale
• 4th Saturday each month – Traralgon
• Last Saturday each month – Moe
• 1st Sunday each month Maffra