Lakes Coast Visitor Guide

LAKES COAST VISITOR GUIDE | PAGE 39 STRATFORD Nothing says ‘springtime’ more than wondrous walks, riverside picnics and cosy cafés. And the historic town of Stratford has all this, and more. Discover indigenous history An excellent way to start your day in Stratford is with a walk around Knob Reserve, a significant stop on the Bataluk Cultural Trail that takes in breathtaking views across the floodplains. The Dooyeedang (Avon River) was a major travelling route between the high country and the Gippsland Lakes, as well as providing eel, bream, flathead, and prawn for the First Nations inhabitants. The bluff above the Dooyeedang was a significant campsite. Axe heads were sharpened on the sandstone grinding stones beneath the bluff. The resulting deep grooves – still evident today – are rare and significant in Victoria. Evidence of site scatters, scar trees and camps are also present within the reserve. Arts trail Your family is sure to enjoy the Stratford Arts Trail, which winds around the town, imparting fascinating stories about each of the sculptures along the way. Apex Park Stratford’s renowned Apex Park, located next to the Avon River, features an award-winning, medieval-themed playground (a nod to Stratford’s adopted links to English poet William Shakespeare), where the kids will love burning off some steam. And if you feel like stopping for lunch, you’ll find some lovely picnic areas – including undercover BBQ areas – in and around the park. Food and wine When in town, stop for a bite at some of the fantastic eateries, such as Avon River Bakehouse, Badger & Hare, and Wa-De-Lock Cellar Door (top tip: Stratford is an ideal place to stock-up on local produce!). Stratford’s magnificent Knob Reserve is a significant stop on the indigenous Bataluk Cultural Trail. Discover ancient tales and cultural trails PB13872