Take a journey through the diverse landscapes of the West Gippsland region and experience the tranquillity of an authentic slice of rural life. Visit small towns with big-hearted communities and stock up on cheeses and gourmet goodies from some of Australia's most prized dairy farms. Pop into farm gates and village markets, explore mountain ranges perfect for biking, hiking, skiing and snowboarding, and discover an up-and-coming food and wine scene championed by local culinary heroes.
1. Hogget Kitchen
Hogget Kitchen's menu is a roll call of Gippsland's best produce. So pull up a pew on the deck and take a culinary tour of the region without leaving your table.
2. Mount Baw Baw Alpine Resort
Carve up the slopes on skis, toboggans and snowboards in the wintertime and then double back in the summertime to tackle the trails anew on a mountain bike.
3. Noojee Trestle Bridge
Tread the boards of Victoria's tallest surviving wooden trestle bridge, revel in views of the valley, and then land in one of the nearby reserves for the perfect picnic lunch.
4. Vivere Retreat
Pull up stumps in Neerim South and discover this cosy bolthole set on 18 acres of pristine countryside. Did we mention the free brekky with homemade granola, local bacon and farm fresh eggs?
5. Hinterland Drive
Bring your appetite and a sense of adventure to the hinterland. Cruise through tiny towns and ancient forests, fuelling up on the region's best gourmet breads, meats, olives and cheeses.
6. Brandy Creek Estate
Wind down when you spend the day at Brandy Creek Estate, with its indulgent day spa, wine tasting and contemporary dining at the onsite restaurant and bar lounge, accompanied by jaw-dropping views.
7. Grand Ridge Rail Trail
Immerse yourself in the vast Gippsland wilderness and spot birdlife perched in the trees on the 13-kilometre Grand Ridge Rail Trail, which links the towns of Mirboo North and Boolarra.
8. Cannibal Creek Vineyard
Relax with wine and cheese by the fire, or a glass of sparkling on the deck. Visit the cellar door to sample award-winning, single estate wines or enjoy lovingly prepared French-inspired fare in the restaurant.
9. Warragul Farmers Market
Fill your basket with the best Gippsland produce and handmade goodies at Civic Park on the third Saturday of the month. Pick up bread, cheese, olive oil, fresh fruit and vegetables, and much, much more.
10. 4WD Gippsland High Country
Charge up for an adventure in Gippsland's spectacular high country, boasting waterfalls and wildflowers, wildlife and stargazing. Tread your own path or join a guide for some local know-how.
11. The Grove Gippsland
Graze on a shared gourmet platter, enjoy a drop of wine and settle in among convivial company on a 60-acre olive and truffle farm. The views at this restaurant and performance venue are naturally impressive.
12. The Borough Dept Store
Don't miss the chance to pull up at this one-stop shop: it's a cafe, cake store, pantry full of locals goods and wine store under one roof. Taste-test the brunch menu, and restock your cupboards.
13. Ross Farm
Sleep over in a romantic handcrafted cabin, complete with own veggie garden. Soak up sunset views across the Tarwin Valley, and the warm waters of the Japanese tub.
14. Tallawarra Homestead
Retreat to to this tranquil bed and breakfast. There's a fireplace, sweeping verandas and lots of little luxuries. And it's just an hour's drive from Melbourne.
15. The Inverloch Glamping Co
Stay overnight in a bell tent or cabin with private bathrooms. Relax under the stars and wake up to views of surrounding farmland and the deep blue ocean.