Lakes Coast Visitor Guide

PAGE 40 I LAKES COAST VISITOR GUIDE @ centralgippsland Inspired by our High Country PORT ALBERT YARRAM CENTRAL GIPPSLAND LOCH SPORT SALE MAFFRA STRATFORD BAIRNSDALE For those who really like to get out and explore, there is a wide range of fascinating four-wheel drive tracks for all different levels of driving experience and skill in Central Gippsland’s High Country. But if you just feel like a brief holiday from your coastal break at the beach or on the Lakes, you can easily get to Dargo for the day on sealed roads in your two-wheel drive. Or, stay overnight to really explore. With the Dargo River slowly following the road in and out and meandering through town, and its groves of century-old walnut trees, it doesn’t get much prettier than this High Country village with its population of just 150. While the town has a gold mining history, shown off at the Dargo Museum through an array of artefacts, photographs and dis- plays, it still lives and breathes its cattlemen heritage, and you can visit Wonnangatta Station, once Victoria’s most remote cattle station, by four-wheel drive. Dargo is accessible from the south via Briagolong, Stratford and Bairnsdale (approximately 90 kilometres away) using the C601. Licola, the only privately owned town in Victoria (the Lions Clubs of Victoria own a large section of land in Licola and operate a wilderness village and youth camp on site), still generates its own power, pumps and treats its own water, and is responsi- ble for its own waste management. It is also the only town in Victoria not connected to mains power. The southern gateway to the Alpine National Park, Licola is a popular destination for camping, four-wheel driving, trail bike riders and horse riders. Licola is 53 kilometres from Heyfield, a great little town built on the dairy, timber and tourism industries, and the Heyfield Wetlands Information Centre is a great place to find out where you can stop for a break and what to do beyond. If you love your mountain bike, bring it with you, as Blores Hill Mountain Bike Park, a great network of tracks through the bush, is just out of town. Experience High Country hospitality in Dargo, population 150. High Country encounters