Need to get away from the city? Get ready to discover a pocket of paradise just beyond Melbourne’s eastern fringe. Gippsland is a region right on the verge of discovery, with stunning escapes that will leave you revitalised and inspired. We invite you to head east and discover this stunning region for yourselves.
Leave the highway behind, taking the backroads through open pastures to enjoy the Central Gippsland Wine Trail. Stop in at the cellar doors of Glenmaggie Wines, Vines on Avon and Blue Gables Vineyard to sample some of the region’s award-winning reds and sparkling wines, topped off with a local produce platter or wood-fired pizza.
Then, under a setting sun, dappled in light beneath sturdy oaks, the picture-perfect Tinamba Hotel is the ideal end to the day. This fine dining destination restaurant will delight you with its refreshing take on pub fare that pays homage to the exceptional locally-grown produce.
Wake up early the next morning and venture to one of the most heart-stirring places you can find, which is unlike any other place in Victoria.
The Tarra Bulga National Park is a little pocket of rainforest with walking trails dwarfed by giant tree ferns and towering Mountain Ash. Breathe in the fresh, sweet smell of the chocolatey soil underfoot, and enjoy the soundtrack of trickling streams and the call of a distant lyrebird.
Once you’ve worked up an appetite, make your way down to the coast for some of the best fish and chips you’d hope to find, perched right on the wharf at Port Albert. Relax by the water to soak up the charm of this seaside town, with its quaint heritage buildings, colourful fishing fleet and nourishing tranquillity. As Victoria's first established port, Port Albert is steeped in maritime history and a post-lunch browse through town’s The Maritime Museum will reveal a wealth of time-worn nautical relics.
For nature lovers exploring the Tarra Bulga National Park, look no further for a scrumptious lunch spot. Toms Cap Winery is a boutique award-winning vineyard with a restaurant and accommodation.
Soak up the passion for everything wine at Toms Cap Winery, where they look after everything from vine to glass, including growing the fruit, bottling, cellaring and marketing.
Experience country hospitality at the restaurant set amongst the vineyard. Enjoy an unpretentious and modern menu, offering the finest Gippsland produce.
If you like the finer things in life, you will love the private luxury of Billabong Retreat House. Indulge yourself with the exclusive use of this two-level designer home with five bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms, or join us on an organised wellness retreat. Feel right at home with elegant living spaces and savour the large gourmet kitchen, complete with granite benchtops.
Entertaining is easy with a feature timber dining table on the north-facing deck, perfect for sunset drinks.
All this is located just a short distance from Sale, but you will feel a world away on almost two private acres of beautiful gardens and native gums that lead down to Flooding Creek and the property’s own private jetty.
Recently restored to its 1865 grandeur, this warm and welcoming hotel delights with inviting balcony lounges for an afternoon well spent and sumptuous accommodation for weary travellers.
With its friendly vibe and soul-stirring pub fare, the Criterion Hotel’s restaurant is the ideal angler’s stopover between beach fishing at Ninety Mile Beach and open-water fishing expeditions on the Gippsland Lakes.
The mastermind chefs showcase some of the best local produce from the heart of Gippsland including beef from Bairnsdale (68km away), lamb from Stratford (17km away) and seafood from lovely Lakes Entrance (105km away).
Invigorating outdoor trails and endless waterways sprinkled with world-class food and wine beckon in East Gippsland.
Embark on a hike down to the mysterious Den of Nargun, a cave concealed behind a waterfall in the Mitchell River National Park. According to local Gunaikurnai legend, it was the home of a large female creature prone to abducting children who wander off alone!
Following this must-see trail, get a taste of a menu that people travel hours to savour. As its name suggests, The Long Paddock in Lindenow looks out over fertile river flats where some of Australia’s best produce is grown. Owned and operated by ex-Ledbury and Vue de Monde chefs, this authentic local venue’s friendly staff, homely ambience and exceptional food sets it apart.
Book end your trip with one last tipple at Lightfoot and Sons Cellar Door overlooking the Lindenow Valley. Taste its incredible cool climate wines from Shiraz to Chardonnay to the all-time favourite Pinot Noir.
A short trip to Gippsland will restore harmony and balance, coupling your outdoor nature-loving side and the indulgent foodie in you.
The Riversleigh takes your country escape to the Modern Victorian era with its elegant and refined feel. Located in bustling Bairnsdale, this property features lavish period fittings in tasteful modern rooms.
The convenient location of The Riversleigh makes it the perfect base from which to spend a leisurely day exploring town and drinking in the atmosphere. Celebrate Bairnsdale’s thriving creative community at the East Gippsland Art Gallery or discover Gippsland’s indigenous history by visiting Krowathunkoolong Keeping Place, a museum displaying the heritage of the Gunaikurnai people.
Get away from the world and relax at Jetty Road Retreat! Jetty Road offers up inviting cabins with stunning water views, free kayaks and a private jetty.
It is perfectly positioned in bushland overlooking the water, allowing you to slow down and reconnect with nature. Paddling on the lakes makes for the most memorable experience, especially when the local Burrunan dolphins pop up to say hello.
Country House Retreat is a dog friendly country homestead that comes with its own outdoor spa and wood-fired pizza oven.
Country House is a spacious four-bedroom farmhouse perfect for taking the family away or getting away with a group of friends. The outdoor entertainment area is the perfect place for a shared meal and relaxing under the stars with a glass of East Gippsland wine.