Three ways to explore South Gippsland

Travelling Well | Laura Waters | Posted on 20 November 2019

Pedal, walk or drive your way from bucolic rolling green to wild Bass Strait.

From coastal walks and rail trails to beautiful drives, here are three of the best ways to explore Victoria’s stunning South Gippsland.

South Gippsland three ways


Walk

For a backstage pass to a popular region, set foot on the George Bass Coastal Walk. The seven-kilometre trail between San Remo and Kilcunda winds along grassy clifftops pounded by ocean waves and occasionally dips down to golden beaches accessible only on foot. Bass Strait views are spectacular, and in winter migrating southern right whales pass by. Bird watchers might also spot pacific gulls, kites and kestrels. The trail has fairly gentle undulations and numerous bench seats to rest on, though you’ll need to negotiate a few stiles. This is a one-way route so do a car shuffle or park at one end and catch a taxi back (10 minutes). Reward yourself with lunch or a coffee and cake at the homely Kilcunda General Store, then pick up some local organic produce from Udder & Hoe next door.

Ride

Australia’s most southern mainland rail line once ran between Leongatha and Port Welshpool. Now, the Great Southern Rail Trail follows its course, offering a gentle, scenic bike ride that blends views of rolling farmland, rainforest and coast with gourmet food and art galleries. While the full route is 72 kilometres, seven bite-sized chunks stretch between character-filled country towns. A long weekend would allow for the entire route. Head via Koonwarra to Meeniyan, foodie haven and home to twilight markets on Friday evenings in summer. Push on for a beer at the Fish Creek's hotel or picnic on the grass with bubbles and a cheese platter at Gurneys Cider. There are art galleries to peruse in Foster before reaching the trail end at Port Welshpool with its restored 908-metre-long jetty.

Tidal River
Tidal River - Squeaky Beach

Enjoy the sunrise at Tidal River.


Drive

With fresh vistas around every bend, south Gippsland lends itself to a road trip. Start at the golden beaches of Cape Paterson where you can dive into an ocean rockpool built for swimming in the 1960s. Follow the coastal road east to the Eagles Nest lookout, with commanding sea views, then descend to the town of Inverloch on Anderson Inlet, ideal for sheltered swimming and boating. Stay overnight at RACV’s Inverloch Resort then hit the beach at low tide to search for fossilised dinosaur bones in the rock platforms offshore. Back on the road, veer south at Fish Creek to Wilsons Promontory for world-class scenery, walking trails and wildlife. Wander the immense sand dunes of the Big Drift, search for wombats around Tidal River or follow the headland trail to blindingly white Squeaky Beach.

WHILE YOU'RE THERE

Victoria’s highest single-span waterfall hides in the hinterland near Toora. Agnes Falls cascades 59 metres over a series of rocks in an impressive display. From the carpark, follow a 200-metre path to the lookout then enjoy a picnic among bluegums, rosellas and kookaburras.


Stay at RACV Inverloch Resort for two or more nights and receive a bonus credit of up to $150 to use during your stay. Conditions apply. Go to racv.com.au/inverloch or call 03 5674 0000.

Get back to nature in Gippsland at the RACV Inverloch Resort