Go Gippsland

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Gippsland
has been given the all clear from the recent bush fires and is ready to welcome visitors back to its alpine areas. A range of diverse and inspiring tourism experiences await families this autumn. The cooler air heralds the start of the walking season, with a new audio guided walk experience now available at Mt Baw Baw Alpine Resort. Also new is a 1.5km mountain bike descent for families with older kids, while those preferring a slower mode of transport can go with a high country, horseback adventure. Water-based experiences also beckon from the region’s great lakes – including sailing on Lake Glenmaggie and fishing along Mitta Mitta.

Guided Experiences and Walking Tours

Gippsland’s beautiful Mt Baw Baw Alpine Resort offers a range of walking trails and tours that traverse the stunning alpine landscape. With a total of 10 kilometres of trails, the walks vary in length and difficulty for all ages and abilities, twisting around snow gum forests, giant granite boulders and colourful wildflowers. Visitors can take a short walk around the Latrobe Trail or a full day expedition to the magnificent Mushroom Rocks. The alpine resort this month released self-guided audio tours of the walking trails, providing visitors with an insight into the area’s historical background as well as detailed descriptions of the local flora and fauna.

Where: Mt Baw Baw Alpine Resort, 120 km east of Melbourne

How: Prices start at $AU20 and go up to $AU225 for a full day guided tour including a picnic lunch.

www.mountbawbaw.com.au/summer/bush-walking/

 

Mountain Biking Descent

Opened this year, the new Mt Baw Baw mountain bike descent, known as DH1, allows experienced mountain bikers to get their adrenaline pumping on a 1.5km downhill ride that takes only two minutes. The track – running alongside the steepest section of a sealed road in the country – has been compared to a water slide experience, given how quick it is, with mountain bikers going for it time and time again (a shuttle bus takes riders back up to the top). Mt Baw Baw’s 10 kilometre labyrinth of mountain biking trails, and expanse of terrain, is also ideal for cross-country and downhill mountain biking pre-snowy weather, and comes complete with raised decking to ensure that weather conditions don’t interfere with the rides of thrill seekers.

Where: Mt Baw Baw Alpine Resort, 120 km east of Melbourne

How: Access to the Cross Country trails is free of charge. Don’t have a bike? Cross-country and downhill mountain bikes are available for hire from Mt Baw Baw’s Adventure Hub.

www.mountbawbaw.com.au/summer/cross-country-mountain-biking/

 

Horse Back Riding

Just like ‘The Man from Snowy River,’ visitors to Gippsland can partake in their own romantic horseback adventure. Riding across rolling plains and alpine mountains, Snowy River Tours offers highland horseback experiences through picturesque Licola Valley and cattlemen country, from short weekend rides to extended adventures that take in hidden lakes, high plains, historical stations and ‘The Man from Snowy River’ backdrops. The horseback tours are available during May, June and October with weekend experiences starting from $AU390.

Where: Licola Valley

How: To make a booking visit www.snowyrivertours.com

 

Sail Away

Situated on the Macalister River, Lake Glenmaggie is popular with water enthusiasts, offering boating, swimming and fishing. There are several locations for launching your boat at Glenmaggie, Coongulla and Sandy Point. The lake is suitable for power boating, sailing and many other types of water craft. The peaceful shores of Lake Glenmaggie are home to an abundance of wildlife, and with some of the most beautiful camping locations just a stone’s throw away, it’s an ideal place to immerse yourself in nature.

Where: Lake Glenmaggie

How: Visit the website for more information

 

Catch of the Day

The Mitta Mitta River boasts some of Australia’s best trout fishing with rainbow and brown trout in abundance. River blackfish, carp and the occasional Maquarie Perch can also be found in the area. The local tip is to fish by the Black Dog camping site, 20 minutes out of Omeo.

What: Gippsland’s finest fishing areas

Where: Mitta Mitta River, access from Omeo.

How: Visit Gippsland’s website to find directions and further fishing locations

www.inspiredbygippsland.com.au

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