Sunday, 24 June 2012

East Gippsland

From the extensive Gippsland Lake system, beautiful beaches, National Parks and limestone caves the East Gippsland area can be enjoyed by a wide range of tourists.


Metung is a small village on the Gippsland Lakes and is a haven for those who love fishing or boating. 

Sometimes called the Riviera of the Lakes there is a range of quality accommodation to choose from.   We loved the look of Edgewater Terraces and McMillans as they are both located overlooking the lake and short walk to the yacht club or nearby restaurants.

The natural environment around Metung attracts a range of amazing bird life and fish as well as other native animals.   

Legend Rock

Metung also has cultural significance for the traditional owners the Gunaikurni as Legend Rock is located in the shallow waters beside the town.  Legend Rock is part of the Bataluk Cultural Trail which was been developed to introduce peoople to the Gunaikurni history and culture.

Nyerimilang Heritage Park

Nyerimilang Homestead

Nyerimilang Heritage Park was purchased by the Victorian Government in 1976 to display the history of the Gippsland Lakes area. A range of displays are located inside the homestead and the extensive gardens showcase the natural resources surrounding the house.  

Views of the lake from Nyerimilang Homestead

There are a range of short walks from 10 minutes to 30 minutes, a small shop run by volunteers, a picnic area including a children's playground and BBQ. 

Gardens surrounding the homestead

The gardens are well kept and have stunning views of the Gippsland Lakes which adjoin the property.

For a full history of the area see Nyerimilang - Tranquility on the chain of the Lakes

Lakes Entrance

Lakes Entrance is a larger town situated on Gippsland Lakes and 90 mile beach. Renowned for its beautiful seafood the area is popular for fishing, boating and swimming.

There are 3 beaches; Main Beach and Eastern Beach which are both popular with families as they're patrolled beaches, Lake Tyers Beach extends from Lake Bunga and is a challenging beach popular for surfing and body boarding.

Accommodation choices range from hotels, motels, caravan and camping grounds, to bed and breakfasts, backpackers and cottages. Lakes Entrance Accommodation.

Popular activities include fishing, swimming, surfing, kite flying or you can charter a range of boats, join a fishing tour or just eat at one of the boats now converted to restaurants. 

East Gippsland Rail Trail

The East Gippsland Rail Trail stretches 94 kilometres through a variety of forest and farmland. Along the way you'll see a range of trestle bridges, railway cuttings and embankments and the occasional glimpse of the Gippsland Lakes. The area is also rich in wildlife, birdlife and beautiful banksias.

Stony Creek Trestle Bridge

Buchan Caves

Buchan is located in Snowy River country and famous for its limestone caves. The Buchan Caves are a honeycomb of caves with beautiful limestone formations. Stalactites formed from the roof, and stalagmites build from the ground are both found throughout the caves.

Buchan at sunset

Cave tours of Royal Cave and Fairy Cave are run a number of times a day by Park Rangers. Tour costs are $15 for adults and $8.70 for a children or $41.50 for a family of 4.

Kangaroos enjoying afternoon tea at Buchan Caves Reserve

The Reserve has a picnic ground, caravan and camp ground and a wilderness retreat. All accommodation must be booked via Parks Victoria

Cape Conran Coastal Park

Cape Conran Coastal Park is located near Marlo and has heathlands, wild ocean beaches and banksia woodlands brimming with nectar-feeding birds. When we visited the area had been extensively damaged by recent storms.

East Cape Conran 

East Cape has a range of camping grounds and a lovely picnic area with tables and a BBQ. There are a range of walks including a Koorie board-walk. East Cape was previously a meeting place for the Gunaikurnai who would meet with the Bidawal and Monero people.

Salmon Rocks

At West Cape we found Salmon Rocks and shell middens which are mounds of left over shells where the Gunaikurnai sat and ate seafood for thousands of years. 

Shell Middens

For more information on the Cape Conran Coastal Park 

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