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10 reasons to visit West Gippsland


  • Hogget Kitchen, Gippsland, Victoria, Australia. Photo: Tim Grey

Take a journey through the diverse landscapes of the West Gippsland region and experience the tranquillity of an authentic slice of rural life. Visit small towns with big-hearted communities and stock up on cheeses and gourmet goodies from some of Australia's most prized dairy farms. Pop into farm gates and village markets, explore mountain ranges perfect for biking, hiking, skiing and snowboarding, and discover an up-and-coming food and wine scene championed by local culinary heroes.

1. Hogget Kitchen
Hogget Kitchen's menu is a roll call of Gippsland's best produce. So pull up a pew on the deck and take a culinary tour of the region without leaving your table. 

2. Mount Baw Baw Alpine Resort
Carve up the slopes on skis, toboggans and snowboards in the wintertime and then double back in the summertime to tackle the trails anew on a mountain bike. 

3. Noojee Trestle Bridge
Tread the boards of Victoria's tallest surviving wooden trestle bridge, revel in views of the valley, and then land in one of the nearby reserves for the perfect picnic lunch.

4. Vivere Retreat
Pull up stumps in Neerim South and discover this cosy bolthole set on 18 acres of pristine countryside. Did we mention the free brekky with homemade granola, local bacon and farm fresh eggs?

5. Hinterland Drive
Bring your appetite and a sense of adventure to the hinterland. Cruise through tiny towns and ancient forests, fuelling up on the region's best gourmet breads, meats, olives and cheeses. 

6. Walhalla's Vinter Ljusfest
Descend on historic Walhalla in August for the town's Scandinavian winter celebration. Join in the fun when light and sound displays transform this sleepy goldmining town into a winter wonderland. 

7. Grand Ridge Rail Trail
Immerse yourself in the vast Gippsland wilderness and spot birdlife perched in the trees on the 13-kilometre Grand Ridge Rail Trail, which links the towns of Mirboo North and Boolarra.

8. Neilsons Kitchen
Sip, sample 'n' savour Gippsland's diverse culinary riches at Neilsons Kitchen, where local olives, cheese and wines from Central and East Gippsland all feature on the impressive menu.

9. Retreat to Toms Cap
Slow down at Toms Cap, where luxury digs and a down-to-earth approach make for the perfect rural getaway. Think vineyard wanderings and cellar door tastings, tranquil spas and evenings by the fire. 

10. 4WD Gippsland High Country
Charge up for a four-wheeled adventure in Gippsland's spectacular high country, boasting waterfalls and wildflowers, wildlife and stargazing. Tread your own path or travel with a guide for some local know-how.