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Three ways to explore South Gippsland
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
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.
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.