LAKES COAST VISITOR GUIDE I PAGE 39 www.centralgippsland.com.au @ centralgippsland Inspired by Getaways PORT ALBERT YARRAM CENTRAL GIPPSLAND LOCH SPORT SALE MAFFRA STRATFORD BAIRNSDALE Getaways across Central Gippsland Whether your preference is for swags, tents, camper trailers or caravans, company or solitude, caravan and camping parks, self-contained free camps or bush camping, Central Gippsland offers a fantastic diversity of options. From the High Country to the coast, the Gippsland Lakes to the Gippsland Plains and with a choice of stunning national and state parks, state forests and excellent caravan and camping parks, you can explore for weeks, or keep coming back for an array of different short breaks. Stay at one of the excellent caravan parks in the region’s towns and villages and use them as a base to explore the cafés and restaurants, art galleries, antiques and collectibles shops, heritage trails or boutiques, or explore the area via its many short walks and bike trails. The towns and villages of Sale, Rosedale, Heyfield, Maffra, Briagolong, Stratford, Tinamba, Newry, Boisdale, Seaspray, Loch Sport and Golden Beach each have a unique character and offering, and are all worth a stop when discovering this region. Or, you can drive out from your base each day and go exploring in the different areas of Central Gippsland, from the dramatic beauty of the High Country to the vast serenity of the sands and waters of 90 Mile Beach and the Gippsland Lakes, or the lush green of the temperate rainforest at Tarra Bulga National Park. And don’t miss the walking and bird watching opportunities around the Gippsland Lakes and RAMSAR-listed, internationally significant wetlands just out of Sale. For those who are equipped and crave the peace of a bush camp, even in some of the well-appointed caravan parks in the region, you can fall asleep to the sound of waves breaking, or rivers and creeks running over perfectly-rounded stones, then wake to the calls of bell birds, whip birds or try and discern the perfect mimicry of the lyrebird; the raucous laughter of kookaburras will keep you company throughout the day. From Licola to Dargo, you can surround yourself with iconic rivers, mountains and High Country characters. Discover the rich heritage of these areas, or content yourself with bush walks, scenic drives or flicking a line in the mountain streams. Head into the Alpine National Park, or immerse yourself in the villages and surrounding countryside. Along the coast you can take your pick of coastline and camping style - caravan park to bush hideaway camp spot - and choose to spend your days swimming, surf fishing, walking, beachcombing, basking in the sun, whale or dolphin- spotting or checking out what’s happen- ing on the other side of the sand dune in Woodside, Seaspray, Golden Beach, Paradise Beach and Loch Sport. For more information on places to stay, and where to explore while you are here, head Central Gippsland online. Head bush or stay at a well-appointed park and make marvellous camping memories in Central Gippsland.