Best Places to Visit in Gippsland with Kids
Planning a trip to Gippsland with the kids? Once you’re here, you probably won’t want to vacation anywhere else. The area stretches from Melbourne’s eastern suburbs to the NSW border and is filled with idyllic seaside villages, fresh produce, national parks and charming rural towns.
Families can spend their days paddling on pristine beaches, exploring rock pools, strolling under towering eucalyptus canopies, and unraveling the past in the area’s historic villages.
Have a look at our list of the Best Places to Visit in Gippsland with kids and make your trip enjoyable.
10 Best Places to Visit in Gippsland with kids
Let’s explore the top 10 Most Beautiful and Best Places to Visit in Gippsland with kids:
1. Griffiths Sea Shell Museum
Showcasing more than 90,000 species of shells and marine life, the Griffith Shell Museum in the Lakes Entrance is a great place to take the kids. Some of our favorite spots here is the Reef Room, which showcases hundreds of corals in cool, custom lighting. We also love the aquarium filled with local and global marine life. Watch out for the very rare goblins and frilly sharks. There is also a well-preserved model railroad room and gift shop selling local shell crafts and jewelry.
2. Ninety Mile Beach
Ninety Mile Beach is a long stretch of coastline that separates Lake Gippsland from the Bass Strait. The 144-kilometer-long beach is one of the longest uninterrupted beaches in the world. It is a popular surfing, fishing and swimming destination. For something completely different, you can explore during the summer by taking a camel ride from the Lakes Entrance.
Lakes Entrance is a beloved Victorian resort where Lake Gippsland meets the Southern Ocean. Stop on the Esplanade for fresh seafood from the trawler, and make time for a lollipop shop and ice cream shack.
3. Raymond Island
Visit Raymond Island to get up close with the wildlife. Located between Lake Gold and Lake Victoria, the island is a haven for wildlife. Expect to see birds, marsupials, and gorgeous native wildflowers. It’s also one of the best places to see koalas in Victoria. You can cycle around the island on a koala trail or on a Surrey bike riding koalas.
Take the free car and passenger ferry across the McMillan Strait from beautiful Paynesville to reach Raymond Island.
4. Wilson Promontory
Wilsons Promontory is Victoria’s largest coastal wilderness area. It has a walking trail that connects pristine beaches with fascinating names like Fairy Cove and Squeaky Beach. Take in breathtaking views of Mount Oberon and keep an eye on your many feathered and fin friends.
Take a boat ride to the iconic Skull Rock and be sure to discover a seal colony. You may also spot emus and kangaroos roaming the plains around the airport, or a wombat at home at Tidal River Campground.
Wilsons Promontory has a number of accessible beaches, and the park offers free accessible equipment rentals and facilities (such as on-road wheelchairs). If you miss that extra special experience, Promhelis helicopter flights offer stunning aerial views of the area. One of the best things to do in Gippsland is to explore the magnificence of Wilsons Promontory from the water with a Wildlife Coast Cruise or Pennecott Wilderness Tour that will keep your kids busy and learning.
Pennicott Wilderness Journeys detects the seal © Destination Gippsland
5. Tara-Bulga National Park
Described as “the most diverse temperate forest ecosystem in the world”, Gippsland’s vast forests are of worldwide importance. One of only four cool temperate rainforests in Victoria, Tarra-Bulga National Park is a fantastic world of mysterious mountain passes, towering giant ash trees and sage ferns. There are several calf-friendly hiking trails. The Corrigan Suspension Bridge adds an adventurous element to your jungle adventure.
The sleepy mountain town of Walhalla in West Gippsland was once home to more than 4,000 gold prospectors. Beautifully restored, visitors can delve deep into history at the Long Tunnel Extended Gold Mine, ride a steam train along the Walhalla Goldfields Railroad via Stringers Gorge, and even experience the thrill of a ghost tour.
That’s not all that remains of the Gippsland Railway’s past. A network of historic railroad tracks connects Gippsland’s many flamboyant villages and farm gates with product packaging along well-preserved old rail lines. Families can have fun on the 94 miles of rolling farmland along the East Gippsland Rail Trail or Bass Coast Rail Trail’s stunning coastline. This is Victoria’s only coastal rail walk. The rewards are the stunning views of surf beaches and wonderful hilly grasslands.
Gippsland Heritage Park has National Trust classified buildings and a collection of historic cars and farm equipment. The park makes for a great family day out.
There’s also the Coal Creek Community Park and Museum, an interesting living history museum that recreates the stories of the South Gippsland coal miners. Here kids can ride the jungle tram, buy old-fashioned lollipops and feed the ducks in the lake. But for the real-life experience of miners, journey back to the 1900s through a network of dark tunnels on a public underground tour of the 20th-century Wonthaggi’s State Coal Mine in the Southern Hemisphere.
7. Buchan Caves
Explore the 400 million-year-old Buchan Caves in East Gippsland for the ultimate Gippsland history experience. This underground labyrinth of ancient honeycomb caves and calcite-sided pools is filled with stalactites and stalagmites, jointly managed by Victoria Park and the ancient Naikunai, guardians of these landscapes who continue to be part of their culture of life. Guided tours will wow young visitors and adults alike. Like Gippsland itself.
8. Snowy River
Calling all thrill-seekers! Travel through melting rivers in the Gippsland Wilderness with Alpine River Adventures. This is for older kids, suitable for ages 12 and up.
The river system from which Alpine River Adventures begins is rated; this means that people of all abilities can try, regardless of fear. With level 1, it moves through unobstructed passages. Upgrade to level 3 for high waves and narrow but clear transitions. If you’re tough, Level 5 has long, violent streams that can throw large droplets down. The choice is yours.
9. Radner Park
For those with a passion for farming, Farm World is a great place to find activity in Gippsland. Talk to experts about equipment, farm machinery, DIY enthusiasm, sustainable gardens, gardening, outdoor living, and must-have gadgets. Don’t worry, kids will love it too. A variety of farm animals, from alpacas to cows, attack the fences around the park.
There is no shortage of entertainment in Farm World. Kelpie’s herd tours, 4WD shows, pony rides, live music and shopping will keep the whole family happy. Dazzling food and beverage stalls will also satisfy your taste buds. Farm World is open from March 26 to March 28, 2021.
10. Port Albert
If you’re looking for something to do in Gippsland, this small seaside village is a great local town. Come with a stomach that complains as the town is famous for its Port Albert Wharf fish and chip shop. Once you taste their delicious menus, you’ll understand why this grocery store has over 700 Google reviews and an average 4.3-star rating.
In Port Albert, visitors can also stop at the Port Albert Maritime Museum. Cannons and other valuable cargo of the luxury steamboat Clonmel, which fell overboard in 1841, can be found inside. Other artifacts include a Fresnel lead glass lighthouse lens, a sealed harpoon from the early 1800s, and a glazed ceramic vessel from a Chinese fish drying settlement that operated on the edge of town during the Gold Rush. Participating children can participate in a clue-based scavenger hunt. If done, they will be rewarded with chocolate.
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