By Destination Gippsland
THE Gippsland region was heavily impacted by the recent storm event but, in a show of inspiring resilience, the clean-up has been swift, and the region’s tourism attractions, cafes, restaurants and accommodation are open in time for the school holidays and ready to welcome visitors.
WILSONS PROMONTORY NATIONAL PARK
Wilsons Promontory National Park is open for visitors, with campsites open and popular hikes including the Mt Oberon Summit, Squeaky Beach and Pillar Point all open for visitors.
Significant weather events caused damage to some walking tracks, including the Wilsons Promontory Southern Overnight hike and Lilly Pilly Boardwalk – both of which were due to reopen today (Friday, June 25).
The Sealers Cove Walking Track and Boardwalk is closed between Telegraph Saddle and Sealers Cove until further notice. Sealers Cove Campsite is only accessible via Refuge Cove which is a 25km hike from Telegraph Saddle.
TRARALGON & LATROBE VALLEY
Traralgon was impacted by flooding following the recent storms. Road access reopened soon after and the town’s vibrant cafes, restaurants and shopping precincts are open for business.
Cosy accommodation ranging from cottages and lux hotels through to cabins and campsites are all open and ready to welcome visitors who will base themselves here to explore the Gippsland region throughout the school holidays.
MT BAW BAW ALPINE RESORT
Mt Baw Baw is the closest downhill ski resort to Melbourne. With its intimate village feel and sheltered slopes, Mount Baw Baw is the perfect place to learn or fine tune your skills.
Due to recent storm damage, access to Mt Baw Baw is currently only via the South Face Road from Moe/Erica. This road is unsealed. Other access routes are closed due to fallen trees and flood damage.
Destination Gippsland recommends calling ahead to confirm businesses are operating before travel.
Famous for its gold-mining history, Walhalla is a fascinating school holiday destination and the town is open for visitors. Venture deep into the hillside on an underground tour at the Long Tunnel Extended Gold Mine, then stop into Miss Holly’s Gift Shoppe to for a range of homewares, crafts, and gifts.
The Wally Pub serves pub favourites including a section of the menu entirely dedicated to schnitzels or be sure to check out the fresh salad rolls and burgers at Kitty’s Cafe (open Wed, Sat & Sun).
The Walhalla Goldfields Railway is currently closed, as flood damage is assessed, please see walhallarail.com.au for the most up-to-date information.
The cosy alpine village of Erica is open for visitors, and offers the ideal base for soaking in the tranquillity of the Victorian bush. Snuggle in at the Erica Caravan Park for cosy cabins and powered sites, with a brand new firepit area to take the chill off the brisk nights.
Grab your chains, clothing, gear and toboggans for Erica Ski Hire – they’ll fix you up with everything you need for your snow trip. And be sure to treat yourself to a Hot Rock steak at the Erica Hotel when you’re in town.
Gippsland tourism businesses are looking forward to welcoming visitors during the June school holidays and need your support during these challenging times.