SPRING is a beautiful time to visit Gippsland.

The blossoms are out in force, the waterfalls are raging, and the hills are so green they nearly look photoshopped.

A popular beachfront destination for hikers, campers and wilderness lovers, during spring there’s yet another reason to immerse yourself in the stunning beauty of Wilsons Promontory National Park.

From late August to mid-November, humpback whales are leaving Australian waters to head back to Antarctica, and you can often spot them off the coast.

Spring is the perfect time for a day out chasing waterfalls too, such as:

* Agnes Falls, near Toora, South Gippsland.

* Toorongo Falls and Amphitheatre Falls, near Noojee, West Gippsland.

* Cyathea Falls, in Tarra Bulga National Park, near Yarram, Central Gippsland.

* Narracan Falls, near Thorpdale, West Gippsland.

* Morwell River Falls, near Boolarra, Central Gippsland.

Gippsland Art Gallery will be the sole Victorian host of the 100th year of the Archibald Prize regional tour from October 8 to November 21. More details at archibaldprizegippsland.com.au.

And there will be some fantastic excuses for a country drive through West Gippsland’s rolling hills. Open Studios West Gippsland runs from November 13 to 14. For garden lovers, Gardivalia will open the gates on some of the region’s best gardens from October 30 to November 2. More details at gardivalia.com.au.