THE LAKES NATIONAL PARK
The Lakes National Park is a peaceful bushland retreat in the Gippsland Lakes, fringed by the waters of Lake Victoria and Lake Reeve. The park occupies 2,390 hectares of low-lying woodland and coastal heath,

consisting of Sperm Whale Head peninsula, Rotamah and Little Rotamah Islands.

 

90 MILE BEACH NAT. PARK
Covering 2,750 hectares and five kilometres of coastline, this park is located 30 kilometres south of Sale adjacent to the Gippsland Lakes Coastal Park.

 

NYERIMILANG HERITAGE PARK
Nyerimilang Heritage Park is on the shores of the Gippsland Lakes, 10 km by road north-west of Lakes Entrance. The park is ideal for picnics featuring attractive gardens and pastoral surroundings and walks along bush and farm tracks. The park also offers magnificent views across Reeve Channel and the lakes beyond.

 

BUCHAN CAVES RESERVES

Near the township of Buchan, lies a honeycomb of caves full of spectacular limestone formations. Buchan Caves were formed by underground rivers cutting through limestone rock. The formations are created by rain water seeping through cracks and dissolving some of the limestone. The Reserve was established to cater to the needs of the thousands of visitors who visit the caves each year.

 

ORIENTAL CLAIMS HISTORIC AREA

In its day the Oriental Claims was one of the largest gold-sluicing operations in the world. Today many of the mining remnants, caves and mining sites can be viewed along the short walks around the Claims.

 

MITCHELL RIVER NATIONAL PARK

Mitchell River National Park surrounds the spectacular Mitchell River where it passes between high cliffs. There are several gorges, including the Den of Nargun mentioned in Aboriginal Legends. Remnants of temperate rainforest line some of the gorges. The park is 11,900 ha in size and contains some of Gippsland's best forest country.

 


Stony Creek Trestle Bridge

The Stony Creek Trestle Bridge was built in 1916 when the existing rail line from Melbourne to Bairnsdale was extended to Orbost. This 97km Bairnsdale to Orbost extension through rugged terrain was reputed to have been the most difficult rail project undertaken in Victoria. In service for over 60 years the bridge was damaged by bushfire in 1980, with the last train crossing in 1988. At 247m long and 20m high, it is the largest standing bridge of its kind in the State, and is listed on the Register of Historic Sites. Built of red ironbark and grey box timber, it is a fine example of the early engineering skills that utilised the resources and materials found on site. The fresh waters of Boggy Creek and the tidal waters of Lake Tyers meet here. In fact this is a meeting place of sorts. In the past its history was of logging. Now artists have made it their home. Visit studios and galleries when signs invite you in. The pleasant walking tracks lead you to water or bush locales. Trek to the original rail trestle bridge built in 1914 by car or by foot. The trestle bridge is the largest wooden trestle bridge in the southern hemisphere. Follow the signs off the main highway. Worth the look if you are going by.