LAKES COAST VISITOR GUIDE I PAGE 31 TARRA TERRITORY - YARRAM AND DISTRICT Historic Port Albert Gippsland ’ s oldest port In the early days, Port Albert was a busy trade route between Melbourne and Central Gippsland, which left behind a lot of heritage and history, with many historic buildings worth a visit. It was a bustling fishing and trade port as well as the clearing point for gold coming by bullock team through rugged country from Walhalla. Enterprising Chinese immigrants set up a fish-drying settlement near Port Albert and supplied dried fish products to all parts of Victoria, particularly the goldfields. The port is in Shallow Inlet, a vast body of calm water, which is still a great fishing spot today and allows easy boat access to many islands, as well as Wilsons Promontory. The countryside around Port Albert is ideal for family cycling on safe tracks and back roads. Port Albert Maritime Museum is crammed with room after room of fabulous historical artefacts and many bigger exhibits in the back garden. Open 10.30am to 4pm daily from September to May, it will entertain children and adults alike. Pull up a deck chair and try your hand at fishing from the pier; a great way to relax and unwind. Enjoy Gippsland’s best fish and chips cooked while you wait. Fresh, hot and a hearty meal with picnic tables nearby. Charter a catamaran with three double bedrooms or charter a smaller boat to explore the islands and the Prom. Visit Christ Church, Tarraville, where you’ll find Gippsland’s oldest church, built in 1856 and shipped out pre-fabricated. The church was apparently put together without the use of nails or screws and is ideal for a visit or a wedding perhaps. Alberton Cemetery, is one of the oldest in Gippsland. Set on 32 acres, it’s still in use today and gives a fascinating insight into the lives and struggles of an earlier time.