Lakes Coast Visitor Guide

PAGE 44 I LAKES COAST VISITOR GUIDE Join us aboard the Rubeena as you travel from the Port Of Sale to the Historic Swing Bridge, cruising quietly observing the wildlife and discovering the history of Sale and surrounds. Winner 2017 PRIME7Wellington People’sChoiceAwards ’ , PRIME7WELLINGTON People’s CHOICE AWARDS PORT ALBERT YARRAM CENTRAL GIPPSLAND LOCH SPORT SALE MAFFRA STRATFORD BAIRNSDALE Classic vessel’s quiet rhythm With the early European settlers of the Gippsland region producing many riches, including the discovery of gold in the 1880s and cheese so good it was being exported back to Europe, the newcomers needed an effective transport system to bring supplies in and transport resources out. The Port of Sale, Sale Canal and the swing bridge were the linchpins that enabled the system to function. Today the swing bridge is the oldest intact, operational bridge of its kind in Australia and the only bridge of its kind in Victoria. One of the area’s earliest vessels was the EMV Rubeena . Built in Sydney and originally licensed on April 4, 1912, just weeks before the Titanic sank, she travelled down to Lakes Entrance to begin her life on the Gippsland Lakes. A century later the Rubeena was purchased by Port of Sale Heritage for charter outside these times. Relax into her quiet rhythm and enjoy a voy- age along the Sale canal and Thompson River, surrounded by red gums, birdsong and reminders of a fascinating heritage. TASTY TREATS After a trip out on the Rubeena , why not treat yourself to coffee and cake at Sale’s Centre Bakery? Open seven days a week, Centre Bakery serves breakfast, lunch and coffee from early morning, with hand crafted traditional breads baked daily. Cakes are also baked fresh daily and can be decorated for any occasion. Grab one of their take-home pies and your dinner is set. Centre Bakery is a locally owned and operated business and welcomes you to drop in for breakfast, an organic fair trade tea or coffee and one of their delicious cakes. Cruises in 2013 and after extensive work continues her proud history of carrying passengers on the Lakes system. Port of Sale Heritage Cruises is a fami- ly run business that operates from the Port of Sale and offers cruises twice daily aboard the Rubeena . She is also available Ply the waters of Thomson River aboard the EMV Rubeena and pass below the historic swing bridge. Siesta Central Apartments 271 York Street, Sale | P: 03 5144 2744 E: | * When booked direct and subject to availability - Boat and Trailer parking available - Self-Contained Apartments and Studio Rooms - Weekend Rates from $95/n* - Free Early Check-in / Late Check-out* BOUTIQUE ACCOMMODATION Located in the Centre of Town