Sand vs Snow – How to Holiday in East Gippsland

A little unsure about where to head for your holiday? If you’ve got one half of the family calling for a beachside destination and the other wanting to head for the mountains, we’ve got the perfect place for your next adventure – East Gippsland.
If you love the mountains:
  1. The Australian Alps – located within the Alpine National Park which contains 10 of Victoria’s 11 highest mountains. You can ski or snowboard in winter and bushwalk, mountain bike, horse ride, white-water raft, four-wheel-drive or fly-fish the rest of the year.
  2. The Great Alpine Road – Drive this beautiful, winding road which offers panoramic views as far as the eye can see. The Great Alpine Road is Australia’s highest year-round accessible road!
    Great Alpine Road by @benpstanton | Discover Victoria | Sand vs Snow – How to Holiday in East GippslandGreat Alpine Road by @benpstanton via Instagram
  3. Mount Buffalo National Park - Stop off at Mount Buffalo National Park and hang glide, horse ride or just take in the scenery from solid ground. If you’re feeling a little adventurous you can rock-climb or ski in the winter.
    Mount Buffalo National Park | Image by @josiefrancesryder via Instagram | Sand Vs Snow - How to Holiday in East Gippsland | Discover VictoriaMount Buffalo National Park | Image by @josiefrancesryder via Instagram
  4. Mount Hotham – Australia’s highest alpine village, Mount Hotham has great skiing for beginners and the more experienced alike. If you’re visiting during summer be sure to walk one of the many trails in the area, particularly Danny's Lookout from which you’ll be able to see the summit of Mount Feathertop, over the Alpine National Park and maybe as far as Falls Creek on a clear day. The Razorback Trail takes you out along the exposed ridge to the summit of Mount Feathertop.
    Snow Boarding at Mount Hotham | Image by @gosnow via Instagram | Sand Vs Snow - How to Holiday in East Gippsland | Discover VictoriaSnow Boarding at Mount Hotham| Image by @gosnow via Instagram
If you love the beach (or lakes):
  1. Point Hicks Lighthouse – named for a crew member on board Captain Cook’s Endeavour, the lighthouse is situated inside the breathtaking Croajingalong National Park. Legend has it that the lighthouse is haunted by Kristofferson, a lighthouse keeper who was lost while pulling up cray pots off the point.
    Point Hicks Lighthouse | Image by @benleodavis via Instagram | Sand Vs Snow - How to Holiday in East Gippsland | Discover VictoriaPoint Hicks Lighthouse | Image by @benleodavis via Instagram
  2. Mitchell River Silt Jetties – located at Eagle Point, part of the Gippsland Lake Reserve, these are the largest silt jetties in the world. The jetties are a great spot to toss in a line and do a spot of fishing.
  3. The Coastal Wilderness – this stretch of unspoilt and often undisturbed coastline is home to a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve and you can walk, camp, fish and explore to your heart’s content. Read our blog post on some of the best walking destinations in the area.
  4. Ninety Mile Beach – this is one of the longest uninterrupted beaches in the world, where you can walk, fish or whale watch on the unspoilt stretch of coast. Head there in late January to experience the Ninety Mile Beach Surf Fishing Competition.
  5. Gippsland Lakes – an archipeggio of lakes that stretches itself over 600kms hording wildlife abounds. Rotamah Island can only be reached by boat, and there you’ll find birdlife, kangaroos, wallabies and other native animals, while Raymond Island has a koala colony and can be visited from the shore.
    Gippsland Lakes | Image by @drewcantreid via Instagram | Sand Vs Snow - How to Holiday in East Gippsland | Discover VictoriaGippsland Lakes | Image by @drewcantreid via Instagram
Convinced? Talk to one of our team and we’re sure you’ll be booking in no time!

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