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Gippsland's spectacular national parks, wave sculpted coastline and pretty villages look even more special in spring. Here are some top stops to help you welcome the season in Gippsland.

1. Coffee and supplies

The Borough Dept. Store in Korumburra is worth a detour for cake and coffee. There's a pantry and wine cellar for take away.

At Olive at Loch you'll find a nourishing array of fresh food plus a charming little shop filled to the brim with country fare and gifts.

2. Coastal adventures

The Bunurong Marine and Coastal Park, between Cape Patterson and the town of Inverloch, is full of striking rock formations, attractive sandy coves, rugged sandstone cliffs, dunes and prominent headlands. Tackle it on a bike, on foot or pack a snorkel and wetsuit. Stop off at The Caves, Eagles Nest, Shack Bay and The Oaks for beach walks, rock hopping and lovely views.

3. Wilsons Promontory

Wilsons Promontory's remote coastal bushland trails and pristine swimming beaches attract visitors from all over for camping and adventuring. Look out for kangaroos, wombats, echidnas, emus, marsupials and native birds.

Get off the beaten track with a walk to the Big Drift, a series of ever-changing inland sand dunes. The only footsteps you're likely to see in the sand will be your own. Start the Big Drift Walk at Stockyards Campground.

4. Wilderness cruises

Pennicott Wilderness Journeys runs 2½ hour Wilsons Promontory Cruises in custom-built amphibious boats to show you the rugged and raw coast around WIlsons Prom, including Skull Rock's eerie facade.

5. Rainforest walks

With its lush gullies, giant mountain ash trees and tree ferns, Tarra Bulga National Park is one of only four major areas of cool temperate rainforest in the state. The jewel in its crown is the Fern Gully Nature Walk, which includes magnificent views from the famous suspension bridge.

6. Local food and produce

Re-fuel at a fabulous Gippsland eatery, where locally sourced and locally made products are the hero. Savour authentic Italian at Trulli Woodfire Pizza in Meeniyan, fresh local seafood at Sardine in Paynesville and delicious slow-cooked country meals at Hogget Kitchen in Warragul.

7. Seriously good bottle shops

Gippsland is blessed with some of the state's top breweries, distilleries and wineries. Loch Brewery & Distillery is serving up traditional-style beers along with gin, vodka and single malt whisky. In Foster, Gurneys Cider offers 'real' cider (that is, unfiltered and unpasteurised) alongside some stunning scenery.

If it's wine you're after, Dirty Three Winery and Waratah Hills Winery are capturing the flavours of Gippsland's distinct soils in their vintages.

8. Accommodation

If you're looking for a unique rural experience, Ross Farm Cabin is a gorgeous expression of contemporary country living made from plywood, steel and cypress from the surrounding hills.

Check out the award winning RACV Inverloch, and if you like your luxury with a helping of adventure, try Inverloch Glamping.

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