Lakes Coast Visitor Guide

LAKES COAST VISITOR GUIDE | PAGE 19 TOORA / PORT WELSHPOOL The lovely garden at Toora Lodge Motel. Nestled between the Strzelecki foothills and Corner Inlet Marine and Coastal Reserve – and overlooking the magnificent Wilsons Promontory National Park – Toora is surrounded by natural beauty. Meaning 'woman, look after fire' in the local First Nations language, it is believed Toora was occupied by the indigenous women, when the men in the group departed for religious ceremonies at what we now know as Wilsons Promontory. Natural beauty The natural beauty and rolling green hills of the Toora region make it a popular location for scenic bushwalking and cycling. Two mountains north of Toora – Mount Best and Mount Fatigue – offer spectacular views of the hills, and across to Corner Inlet and Wilsons Promontory. Closer to town the view from Centenary Lookout – accessed via Silcocks Hill Road – is particularly impressive. The Toora Bird Hide, located at the end of Toora Jetty Road, overlooks an expansive wetland area and is easily accessible via a wellmaintained boardwalk. The Great Southern Rail Trail also passes through Toora, and is perfect for a peaceful and scenic bike ride or walk. Agnes Falls A short drive from Toora is the beautiful Agnes Falls, which – at a height of 59 metres – is Victoria's highest single-span waterfall. The deep ravine at the waterfall is quite spectacular. Relatively new dining shelters and a toilet block also make it a lovely picnic spot. Port Welshpool, Tarra Bulga and Yarram The fishing village of Port Welshpool is a 15-minute drive from Toora, while to the north is the spectacular Tarra Bulga National Park – where you can walk through ancient rainforest, walk over an original swing bridge, and perhaps even hear the call of a lyrebird. The nearby town of Yarram has been transformed by the artist Heesco's stunning wall art, and should definitely be part of your sightseeing itinerary. Boating and fishing Fresh and saltwater fishing opportunities abound around Toora. If you're saltwater boating, it's a good idea to grab a detailed map of the area's expansive system of channels, so you navigate your way around safely. Some maps even include a fishing guide, pointing out the best spots to target specific species. Surround yourself in natural beauty Toora Lodge Motel Located close to all the region's best sightseeing and bushwalking, and just a 35-minute drive from Wilson’s Promontory, Toora Lodge Motel is an ideal place to base yourself while you're in the area. New owner, Rohan Barnes, welcomes guests with a friendly smile that matches his great service, and he and his team have already been busy refurbishing the motel, imbuing it with a fresh, clean and modern feel. The motel uses a professional laundering service, for crisp, clean sheets and towels, and offers well-appointed, garden-view rooms for singles and families. And if you're looking for a romantic couple's getaway, there's a spa suite that is sure to make your stay extra special. Toora Lodge Motel's location – close to boat ramps, fuel, bait and tackle services – makes it a good spot to stay for those looking to go boating or fishing, and the motel even has on-site boat and trailer parking. The motel also offers a senior discount, and savings for those who book directly. To book, or find out more, contact Toora Lodge Motel on 03 5686 2104, email or visit A short drive from Toora is the beautiful Agnes Falls, which – at a height of 59 metres – is Victoria’s highest single-span waterfall. Photo: Visit Victoria TOORA LODGE MOTEL BOOK DIRECT AND SAVE ASK ABOUT OUR SENIORS DISCOUNT (03) 5686 2104 4930 South Gippsland Hwy, Toora Vic 3962 PB12582