When you hear ‘Gippsland’, what do you think of? Quality cream and milk? Top notch meat and fruit? Or maybe your mind travels to the ‘Prom’, that beach-fringed crown jewel of Victorian national parks. You may even just think “big!” And you’d be right – on a map, you’ll see that Gippsland bites a greedy chunk out of the right side of Victoria, swallowing up nearly all of the state’s forestry. Gippsland means a lot of different things to different people, read on to find out why it could also mean ‘home’ to you in the future.
Fresh is best
Over the last decade, Gippsland has developed a formidable reputation for producing premium milk, meats, berries, eggs, preserves and even gnocchi. And that’s just what Gippsland farms export across Australia. Numerous towns in the region host regular farmers’ markets, where you can pick up the freshest produce straight from the source.
If you’re feeling like having someone else do all the hard work for you, then there are plenty of restaurants around too. You could go to the Gilded Lily in Loch if you’re craving some lamb shanks; or if your stomach and soul are demanding pub grub, pull up at the Ocean View Hotel in Kilcunda and savour both the parma and the panorama. One night you might want to treat a loved one to something a little bit fancy – you could book a table for two at the Tinamba Hotel or djinta djinta Winery. There are serious benefits of having all of this goodness at your fingertips (and fork tines).
A car may be a great help in getting around this vast expanse, but you’ll need your legs and lungs even more. Gippsland is famed for its rugged, wild landscape, and is a mandatory pilgrimage for bushwalkers and birdwatchers. On any given day, your trek could take you up-close with kookaburras, koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, goannas and many more majestic creatures. You’ll be able to experience the seasons in full swing too. You’ll fall in love with warm sands on the beach in the summer, golden leaves gilding the streets in autumn, the snow falling on mountaintops in winter and the flourishing forest wildflowers in summer.
If you’re more the type that wants to conquer the elements, then you’re spoiled for choice. Pick your poison from canoeing, trekking, cycling, scuba diving, kayaking, water-skiing and more. The benefit of living in such a varied landscape means you can try them all, whenever the weather or your whims calls for it. You can forget about stacking the dollars for that annual beach trip too, because you’ll be in close enough to stellar beaches to get to the ocean and back on a day trip. Inverloch, Venus Bay, Cape Paterson, Norman Bay, Lakes Entrance and Sandy Point make up just a handful of Gippsland’s stunning strands.
All points covered
One local we spoke to told us that Gippsland has “the best of everything.” He underlined the area’s mountain ranges, gorgeous coast lines and great communities as its most impressive qualities. Add to that list a stack of annual music and culture festivals, a storied history in Victoria’s mining boom, and the fine foods on offer and you’ve got a recipe for a great place to live. Gippslanders know what they’ve got and are proud of it, and after moving here, you’ll understand why.
In the Gippsland region, the Department of Justice and Community Safety undertakes community corrections from offices in Wonthaggi, Korumburra, Warragul, Morwell, Sale, Bairnsdale and Orbost. The Wulgunggo Ngalu Learning Place is also located in the region.