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History & heritage

With a rich pastoral, mining and maritime history as well as a strong Indigenous culture, Gippsland boasts a wealth of heritage attractions to explore. Uncover stories from the past, learn about the struggles of the early settlers, and wander around old ports, lighthouses and museums across the region.

Real gold

Gold discoveries at Walhalla, Omeo and in the settlements around Dargo resulted in a steady flow of prospectors to the region during the 1860s and 1880s. Relive the days of the early miners on Walhalla's scenic railway or head across to Omeo to tour the old pioneer's hut and the heritage-listed Omeo Oriental Claims Historic Area.

Black gold

The discovery of one of the world's largest coal deposits in the Latrobe Valley brought 'Black Gold' to the region and underpinned Gippsland's growing wealth. Hear stories from the underground on a tour of the decommissioned State Coal Mine and see 'life at it was' in the 1800s at Korumburra's Coal Creek Heritage Village.

Maritime adventures

Delve into the rich maritime history along Gippsland's spectacular coastline. Spend an afternoon wandering through the lovingly restored buildings of Port Albert and journey on to the famous Point Hicks Lighthouse, located on the stretch of coastline where Captain Cook first laid eyes on the Australian continent.

Dreamtime stories

Walk the Bataluk Cultural Trail to hear Dreamtime stories, see scarred trees, weapons, relics and sacred sites, and get an insight into the traditional culture of the first inhabitants of the Gippsland region.

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Museums

Dargo Heritage Museum

The Dargo Heritage Museum is a unique heritage destination offering the tourist an opportunity to quietly wander back in time and feel the toughness...

Gold rush history

Sale Powder Magazine

Colonial Governments in Victoria built Powder Magazines to provide safe conditions for the storage of explosive powder which was used by the gold...

Museums

Maffra Sugar Beet Museum

The Maffra Sugar Beet Museum is housed primarily in the relocated office and weighbridge of the former Maffra Sugar Beet Factory, with an associated...

Museums

Gippsland Armed Forces Museum

The Gippsland Armed Forces Museum aims to preserve Gippsland's military heritage, and provide the means to display and highlight the role played by...

Gold rush history

Walhalla Goldfields Railway

Take a captivating historical train ride along cliffs and over bridges, traversing gorges, rivers and landscapes that change with the seasons.

Arts & culture

Krowathunkoolong Keeping Place

Krowathunkooloong Keeping Place is a museum housing a vast collection of artifacts, art and information where visitors can learn about the history,...

Museums

Sale Historical Museum

The Sale Historical Museum housed in a stylish colonial building originally designed as the administrative headquarters of the Borough of Sale. It...

History & heritage

Gippsland Immigration Park

Gippsland Immigration Park is a not for profit community group dedicated to recognising the contribution immigrants have made to the development of...

National parks & reserves

Walhalla Historic Area

Walhalla, a rich gold producer for 50 years, is a remote and picturesque mountain township. It is hard to imagine a more difficult site for a town...

National parks & reserves

State Coal Mine

The State Coal Mine offers a journey back in time to discover what life working in a coal mine was like in the 1900s. Venture underground through the...

Museums

Stratford Historical Society and Museum

Housed in the former Stratford Methodist Church, an intact brick building of 1872 and the new shed, the The Stratford Historical Society and Museum...

Heritage buildings

Noojee Trestle Bridge

Set in beautiful tall forest, the majestic Noojee Trestle Bridge is the tallest surviving wooden trestle bridge in Victoria. The bridge is a legacy...

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Family activities

Make native animal friends, camp under the stars, build giant sandcastles and create a lifetime of family memories in Gippsland.

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Road trips

Tour through Gippsland following one of the famous itineraries - the Great Alpine Road or the Sydney to Melbourne Coastal Drive.

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Art and culture

Experience the Gippsland performing arts and music scene in Latrobe Valley, or take in Australian art at many quality galleries and studios in Gippsland.

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Aboriginal Victoria

Hear Dreamtime stories along the Bataluk Cultural Trail, visit the Krowathunkoolong Keeping Place and discover the Indigenous history of The Prom.