Weekender Guide to Gippsland

Photo: Lindy Tribe

Plan your next weekend getaway to Gippsland where you can explore the picturesque lakes, national parks and coastal villages. Discover the rich history of the region and treat yourself to the finest regional delicacies, taste the local wines and craft brews.



The fastest way to get to Gippsland from Melbourne to drive south-east along the Monash Freeway and take the M1 (Princes Freeway) through many of central Gippsland's cities and townships, including Warragul, Traralgon and Sale and on to Bairnsdale, Lakes Entrance, Orbost and Cann River. Alternatively, take the South Gippsland Highway, which runs closer to the coast through Korumburra, Leongatha and Foster before joining the Princes Highway at Sale.

Public Transport

Gippsland is easily accessible from Melbourne via the V/Line train service, which runs every day as far as Bairnsdale, with connecting buses to Lakes Entrance.

We got the expert scoop of the best of the region with Jenny O’Sullivan  from Gippsland Food AdventuresRunning since 1968, Jenny has been the owner of Gippsland Food Adventures where she combines her passion for farming, food, wine and cooking to create innovative experiential adventures that showcase Gippsland’s fine produce and people.


  • Koonwarra Store is an amazing place to eat. They have lots of local produce and wine to sell as well. Great for lunch or look out for their seasonal dinners profiling local producers.
  • Marty Moos, Meeniyan a popular local café, which has dinners promoting world cuisine once a month.



  • All the pubs in region have great character. Meet some locals and discover unique history of town. Meeniyan, Fish creek and Tarwin Lower have unique characters.


If you're in the area, check out our events for the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival 2018:


  • Visit local farms and learn about how food is produced with Gippsland Food Adventures



  • Romantic getaway at Basia Millie, the Luscious Apartment has a view overlooking the Prom out of Fish Creek (weekends only)
  • Any of beach houses at Sandy Point or Walkerville for great family getaway
  • Wirrega the Barn at Bear Gully, accommodation that fits a few families in right on the beach. Superb indoor and outdoor living and entertaining areas for self-catering. 
  • The Art House Accommodation at Fish Creek is a lovely self-contained unit, perfect spot to explore the Tarwin Valley.

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Whole hog served Tex-Mex style in a West Footscray block party

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Barrels and Prosciutto

Pizzini pop-up cellar door with barrel tastings plus fabulous salumi bar

Project Forty Nine, Collingwood

$24 – $98

Picnic in the Park

Indulgent picnic lunch & lawn games in our stunning English gardens

The Mansion Hotel And Spa, Werribee


Dinner at Our House - with Paul Iskov

A WA chef making native ingredients a staple

House of Food and Wine - Hotel, Melbourne