Gippsland refers to the area east of Melbourne and, because of its size, we have split it into
two sections, South Gippsland, including the Latrobe Valley, and East Gippsland, the area east
of Sale and north to the High Country.
Famed for its beaches and scenery it is one of Australia's most productive dairy and farming
regions and enjoys a busy tourism industry from travellers along the Princes Hwy between
Melbourne and Sydney.
Among the most popular resorts is Lakes Entrance, adjacent to the Gippsland Lakes Coastal Park,
a series of inland waterways providing safe swimming, fishing and boating. In the south west of
the area the Ninety Mile Beach offers endless sandy beaches and small coastal villages only a
short distance south of the highway and at the eastern end, set among the Croajingalong
National Park is the fishing port of Mallacoota, the last stop before the New South Wales border.
At Cann River the Monaro Hwy from Canberra and the north meets the Princes Hwy and there
are several motels to stay at. From Bairnsdale the Great Alpine Road leads over the Victorian
Alps to Bright and Wangaratta through the Alpine High Country.
The major towns are Sale, Bairnsdale, Lakes Entrance and Orbost and accommodation
will be found along with good size shopping centres. Other towns offer accommodation and
each has its own attractions and character. Stratford, Metung, Swan Reach, Paynesville and
Mallacoota are good examples.
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