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18 August 2017

Wanderlust: 9 must-see Gippsland natural wonders

One of the best things about living in Gippsland is that you’re never far from some of the most spectacular places in Australia.

Wanderlust: 9 must-see Gippsland natural wonders

If you love walking, swimming, exploring and showing the kids our magnificent backyard, use this list as your weekend map to wondrous natural delights. How many have you already seen?

1. Croajingolong National Park

Wanderlust: 9 must-see Gippsland natural wonders

If you’re not already an east Gippslander, put this down as more than just a day-trip adventure. The Croajingolong National Park hugs the far-east coastline of Victoria for 100 kilometres.

What can you do there?

Walk the Wilderness Coast from Sydenham Inlet in Croajingolong National Park, to Wonboyn in the Nadgee Nature Reserve, NSW.
Camp at one of several secluded campgrounds.
Have an amazing picnic adventure at one of the locations around the Mallacoota Inlet that are only accessible by boat.

Fascinating fact: The park is named after the Aboriginal people of the area. The Bidawal and Nindi-Ngudjam Ngarigu Monero identify the Croajingolong National Park as their Traditional Country.

How to get there: Croajingolong National Park is in far east Gippsland, and you can get to it from many points along the Princes Highway between Cann River and the New South Wales border.

2. Briagolong Blue Pool

IMAGE COURTESY: _STEPHANIE_LOUISE_ VIA INSTAGRAM
IMAGE COURTESY: _STEPHANIE_LOUISE_ VIA INSTAGRAM

This spectacular deep swimming hole in the Briagolong State Forest is one of Gippsland’s best kept secrets.

What can you do there?

Camp at the only campground in the forest with a toilet.
Walk two hundred metres to the lookout over the creek, or through the fern gully.
Cool off after a bushwalk.

Fascinating fact: The Briagolong State forest is mostly dry eucalypt forests including Mountain Grey Gums, White, Yellow and Red Stringy Bark and Sivertop Ash.

How to get there: From Briagalong take Freestone Creek Road and follow it to the signed campground.

3. Sealers Cove, Wilson Promontory

Wanderlust: 9 must-see Gippsland natural wonders

The secluded Sealers Cove is tucked away on the eastern side of the the Prom, across from Tidal River. Because there isn’t car access, walkers and hikers are pretty much the only folk you’ll find, so if you’re after peace and quiet in a stunning setting – this is the place.

What can you do there?

Hike and walk, taking in the almost untouched sand and turquoise waters.
Camp in one of the limited sites next to the beach at Sealers Cove (permits are required, and you can only stay for two nights).

Fascinating fact: The tranquil beauty of Sealers Cove is a far cry from its dark history. It’s name stems from the fact it was a major location for the whaling and sealing industries until the 1850s.

How to get there: It’s accessible via the Telegraph Saddle to Sealers Cove Track. The Telegraph Saddle carpark is 2.5km from Tidal River.

4. Eagles Nest, Inverloch

Wanderlust: 9 must-see Gippsland natural wonders

It’s difficult to pick just one natural wonder to explore along the Bunurong Coast – but this is a great one for beginners and kids. Eagles Nest is a mammoth sandstone sea stack, surrounded by rock pools at low tide.

What can you do there?

Explore the rock pools, while walking up to take a closer look at Eagles Nest.
Walk along the coastline.
Have a swim at high tide when the rocks are covered.
Surf if you’re a confident swimmer.
Explore the ‘pirate caves’ at The Caves beach, just up from Eagles Nest.
Take in the view from the lookout.

Fascinating fact: The outline of the Eagles Nest rock structure resembles the top half of Australia.

How to get there: Head out of Inverloch along the Cape-Pateron-Inverloch Road and look out for the sign.

5. Buchan Caves

Wanderlust: 9 must-see Gippsland natural wonders

This incredible honeycomb of caves is one of the region’s most famous natural wonders, and attracts thousands of visitors every year. It’s definitely something that should be on every Gippsland family’s natural wonders bucket list.

What can you do there?

Explore the amazing Royal Cave or Fairy Cave with a guided tour, where you’ll see the mesmerising limestone formations.
Camp at one of the 41 powered or 21 unpowered sites, or book a cabin.
Take a walk in the Buchan Caves Reserve.
Swim in a pool fed by a natural spring.

Fascinating fact: The caves were formed by underground rivers carving paths through the limestone rock.

How to get there: Head to the Buchan Caves Reserve, not far from the Buchan township.

6. Toorongo Falls

Wanderlust: 9 must-see Gippsland natural wonders

Not far from Noojee is the jaw-dropping, tiered Toorongo Falls, within the Toorongo Falls Reserve. Also within the reserve are the Amphitheatre Falls, which as the name suggests are in a natural amphitheatre.

What can you do there?

Take the 1.5km return walk from the car park and take in the falls from the observation platform.
Explore the reserve, which is home to possums, sugar gliders and bats.
Camp in the free camping area near the carpark.

Fascinating fact: There are several culturally significant sites in the reserve.

How to get there: The Toorongo Falls Reserve is 4km north east of Noojee on the Toorongo Falls Road.

7. Snowy River

Wanderlust: 9 must-see Gippsland natural wonders

The mighty Snowy River is a legendary natural wonder not just in Gippsland, but Australia-wide. It stretches from the Kosciuszko National Park, winding 352 km south to the sea at Marlo.

Exploring the Snowy can be done from several Gippsland towns including Buchan, Obost, Marlo or in the high country.

What can you do there?

Drive through the Snowy River Trail, a 285km drive through east Gippsland.
Visit Orbost, which sits on the banks of the Snowy and explore the river and national park.

Fascinating fact: The Snowy River was used for food and water by the Aboriginals for more than 30,000 years before European settlement.

8. Ninety Mile Beach

Wanderlust: 9 must-see Gippsland natural wonders

It’s all in the name – this long section of coastline starts at the shallow inlets near Port Albert and heads right to the open waterways of Lakes Entrance. This beautiful stretch of sand if what separates the Gippsland Lakes from Bass Strait, and it’s beauty is breathtaking.

What can you do there?

Explore the beaches at one of many towns dotted along the coast.

Whale watch from the beach.
Fish in some of the best places to wet a line in Gippsland.
Scuba or snorkel and take in the amazing marine life.

Fascinating fact: Just 10 square metres of sand plains under the water harbour an amazing 860 species of marine life.

How do you get there: You can get to the beach from the South Gippsland Highway via Woodside, Seaspray, Golden Beach, Loch Sport and Lakes Entrance.

9. The Nobbies

Wanderlust: 9 must-see Gippsland natural wonders

It’s hard to pick just one natural wonder to explore on Phillip Island, but The Nobbies is a time-honoured favourite among Gippsland families. The headland provides the perfect viewing point for Seal Rocks and the Island’s rugged coastline.

What can I do there?

Stroll along the boardwalk and take in the view.
Look out for the sea cave that creates a blowhole during big swells.
Search for the Little Penguins who nest here.
Watch Australia’s largest fur seal colony.

Fascinating fact: The area is also home to Cape Barren geese, who while beautiful are notoriously stubborn – so be careful driving on the road!

How do you get there: Watch for the signs to the Penguin Parade once you’re on Phillip Island. The Nobbies is just five minutes beyond the parade.