A Weekend in East Gippsland
With green hills that seem to roll on endlessly, the region is famous for its natural beauty, wineries and delicious fresh produce
Renowned for its rugged coastline, pristine beaches, spectacular lakes, natural forests and charming country towns, East Gippsland truly has something for everyone. With green hills that seem to roll on endlessly, the region is famous for its natural beauty, wineries and delicious fresh produce.
Easily accessible from Melbourne, the drive takes about four hours, with major towns in the region including Bairnsdale, Paynesville, Lakes Entrance, Orbust and Mallacoota and smaller towns including Ensay, Swifts Creek, Omeo and Buchan. Many of these towns rely heavily on the tourism industry and were largely affected by the recent bushfire crisis. As the weather begins to cool down in Melbourne and with the Christmas holiday season starting to feel like a distant memory, East Gippsland is the perfect place for a weekend away from the city.
Vast and diverse, with an enviable line up of untouched national parks, the region is dotted with character filled towns and welcoming locals who truly love where they live. It’s hard to look past a visit to the East Gippsland Art Gallery or stunning Buchan Caves, or for those seeking adventure, the Gippsland Lakes Discovery Cycling Trail winds through a number of towns from Bruthen to Lakes Entrance. Ranging from a long ride for experienced riders to shorter family friendly rides, the awe inspiring scenery is the perfect way to encounter the natural beauty of East Gippsland.
Overlooking Mitchell River, The Riversleigh is a historic boutique hotel located in the heart of Bairnsdale which was built in 1886. Embellished with elegant period features, the two former gracious residences have been extensively renovated to provide luxurious contemporary comfort while retaining old world charm. The region is also well known for its extensive offering of charming bed and breakfasts or for the outdoor enthusiasts there are a number of camping locations throughout the area.
Wine and Dine
With its fertile soils, good rainfall and temperate climate, the region is celebrated for its fresh produce, prime Gippsland beef, delectable seafood and local wineries. Lightfoot and Sons, a family owned and operated vineyard in the Gippsland Lakes district specialises in Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Shiraz made from grapes exclusively grown in its Myrtle Point vineyard. Established in 1995, the picturesque property boasts a bustling cellar door where you can enjoy wine tastings and local produce on the deck overlooking Lindenow Valley.
Showcasing seasonal local produce, there are so many exceptional dining options in the region. Michelin starred chef Mark Briggs, who formerly headed up Vue De Monde in Melbourne’s CBD, relocated with his family to Paynesville and now operates Sardine Eatery and Bar. Celebrating local produce, the team source some of the finest fresh seafood in the region and serve it up in an elegant yet relaxed restaurant overlooking a glistening lake. The menu, which is designed to be shared, is ever evolving, dependant on the what is caught fresh that morning, though there are some iconic staples such as whole sardines, charred with finger lime and coriander. With an incredibly diverse offering, there is something to satisfy even the fussiest of diners.
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