National parks, protected forest, wide open plains, and miles of beautiful coastline is why Gippsland is considered a paradise for outdoorsman and nature lovers alike. Lakes, Australia's largest inland waterways, and the Ninety Mile Beach offer travelers much to explore.
Phillip Island, at the south-west end of Gippsland, is known for its Grand Prix Track, Penguin Parade, some of the best surf conditions in the country, and the yearly Pyramid Rock Festival on New Year's Eve.
On the coast, not far from Philips Island is the Wilsons Promontory National Park which is a highly popular destination because of its spectacular scenery.
Lakes and Wilderness
The Strzelecki Range and Mount Baw Baw are important landmarks. The Range houses a number of national parks, while Mount Baw Baw offers a one of a kind skiing experience.
The gold-mining town of Walhalla, once a rich and thriving community, is now a ghost town ready to share its glorious past.
Gabo Island and its lighthouse and the adjacent Croajingolong National Park are popular tourist destinations and celebrate Aboriginal culture.
The High Country is readily accessible via the Hume Freeway out of Melbourne. Its showplace is the Alpine National Park, a wonderful venue for outdoor sports including hiking, cross-country skiing and horse riding. Mount Buffalo National Park is great for rock climbing and hang-gliding.
Albury js a convenient base from which to explore the countryside, particularly the wine producing area centered aound Rutherglen.
Wangaratta has an annual jazz festival.
Alexandra and the village of Eldon offer exciting watersports on nearby Lake Eldon.