PAGE 42 I LAKES COAST VISITOR GUIDE Inspired by our Wetlands and Lakes www.centralgippsland.com.au @ centralgippsland PORT ALBERT YARRAM CENTRAL GIPPSLAND LOCH SPORT SALE MAFFRA STRATFORD BAIRNSDALE Investigate wetlands teeming with life Central Gippsland boasts an assortment of wetlands teeming with life. The Sale Common Wetland, two kilometres from Sale on the South Gippsland Highway, covers 300 hectares and is an important sanctuary for many native and migrating bird species as well as other wildlife species, including frogs and aquatic invertebrates. The wetland is part of the RAMSAR-listed, internationally recognised Gippsland Lakes ecosystem. The Sale Common boardwalk, easily accessible by wheelchairs and prams, passes through a variety of habitats, starting from the edge of the swamp, moving over deeper water, past islands and through a small reed bed. An impressive list of the birds that can be found at the wetland is available on the Central Gippsland website. Follow the links through the brochure section under attractions. Also available is a brochure for the River Heritage and Wetlands Trail, which includes a basic map of the walking and bike tracks around the wetlands. The Macalister Wetland at Maffra and the Heyfield Wetlands at Heyfield also provide great places to walk, run, ride, bird watch and relax by the water’s edge. As with the Sale Common, these wetlands also provide excellent opportunities to spot a great variety of birds and animals. The waterways that feed the wetlands also feed into Lake Victoria, which can be accessed from Hollands Landing, where great fishing is available, and Loch Sport, a lakeside town that is a hub for waterskiing, sailing, kayaking, swimming, fishing and boating enthusiasts. If relaxing is more your style, watch the sun set over the lake as the local dolphins slip their way through the water, fishing and playing as they go. Ten kilometres out of Sale on Lake Wellington, the largest lake in the Gippsland Lakes system, is Marlay Point, home to Australia’s largest trailer sailer overnight yacht race and the Lake Wellington Yacht Club. A sandy beach, boat launching ramps, jetties and picnic Central Gippsland’s wetlands are the lungs of the waterways and vital for the health of the entire catchment area. facilities are available here. Over summer the yacht club holds regular regattas. Get back in touch with nature, enjoy the outdoors and some easy exercise, and remind yourself how important our wetlands, the lungs of our waterways, are to the ecosystems we live, work and play in every day.