Gippsland Region

From Orbost I head east along the coastline to continue exploring the Gippsland region and to check out my first Victorian beach. It’s an easy drive with Cape Conran rd and Yeerung rd providing a close drive along the coast. I stop off to West Cape boat ramp for a photo op and then check out Salmon Rocks.

A quick drive around takes me to Sailors Grave. Here the beach is covered in thick sea kelp and other marine life washed ashore. Even found an egg sack belonging to a shark.

Further on is Yeerung Beach.

I backtracked after my visit through Orbost and found a free camp for the night at Glasshouse camp area on Lake Tyers. This time I had to share the site with the locals.. rabbits, an emu and black swans.. I couldn’t complain. The rabbits were fun to watch as they chased each other around then ducked back in their burrows when they heard a sound.

The next morning I head off and explored the Stoney Creek trestle railroad bridge and Lakes Entrance along with some of the beach turnoffs along the way. I’m sure in summer this place would be mighty popular.

Camped at Log Crossing Picnic area. A nice quiet spot except for the gunfire leading up to sunset. As I would soon learn, Victorians are allowed to hunt in many national parks and reserves so relaxing to the sound of gunfire would become a usual occurrence.

Mitchell River national park was next in line and offered a couple ok 4wd tracks. I stayed at Angusvale campgrounds by the Mitchell River. Plenty of kangaroo’s around. In the morning during my vehicle checks I discovered a bush rat had chewed through some of my plastics in my engine bay so spent the day filming and repairing it. Had a couple refreshing dips in the river to freshen up. Within 30 seconds I could not feel my legs so that was an in and out job.

From there I headed in to Sale to do my laundry and even treated my car to a quick wash to remove the caked on mud. Camped at Marley Point on Lake Wellington. Was a beautiful lake with wonderful views and peace and quiet.. except for the occasional gunfire echoing over the lake.

Departing Sale I stop off at the Sale Swing Bridge, built in 1883, the first swing bridge to be built in Victoria. It opened to allow steamers to pass from Sale to Melbourne.

I head down to the coast exploring Loch Sport and down to 90 Mile Beach, so named as it is a damned long stretch.. 90 miles of golden sanded beach. I eventually picked a free camp and sat back to enjoy the sounds of the ocean flowing over the dune mixed with the intermittent sound of gunfire.

Next day I head West and stop in to the Toora wind farm, one of several operating in Victoria. A short drive on I come to Foster where I stayed at the Prom Central caravan park to wait out the daily showers before making a dash to Wilsons Promontory.


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Brett is a film maker, hiker, adventurer and Defender owner. He loves the outdoors and feels most at home travelling remote outback places in Australia. The idea of waiting till retirement to begin exploring Australia is not the path Brett has chosen, instead choosing to live life now. Join him on his adventures.

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