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Best Gippsland caravan parks for amazing beach, river and bushland holidays in 2022
From soaring high country vistas to beaches that stretch on forever, lush rainforest and a labyrinth of limestone caves, Gippsland was made for caravanning.
In Central Gippsland, Tarra Bulga National Park is one of Victoria's last remaining pockets of cool temperate rainforest. Walk beneath giant tree ferns and towering mountain ash, chase waterfalls and cross the Corrigan Suspension Bridge above the fern canopy. Stay close to nature at Tarra Valley Caravan Park, or if you're with your canine bestie, check out Best Friend Holiday Retreat.
Breathe in the fresh, sweet smell of the chocolatey soil underfoot, to the soundtrack of trickling streams and the call of a distant lyrebird
Nearby, in the historic fishing village of Port Albert, you'll find gorgeous heritage buildings and a Heritage Walk telling of the town's 1850s maritime boom. Down on the jetty Wildfish restaurant serves fresh local seafood overlooking the fleet.
Ninety mile beach
It's not every day you find 90 miles of uninterrupted golden beach, but here it is - the Ninety Mile Beach starts near Port Albert and stretches all the way to Lakes Entrance, with several waterfront caravan parks along the way, including the aptly named Seaspray. Patrolled during summer months, the shallower waters of the bar make it moderately safe for swimming. There are superb opportunities for beach fishing in the rips.
Perhaps Victoria's best kept secret, this vast stretch of untouched beaches offers off-the-beaten-track coastal towns and lively holiday hotspots
Licola or Dargo
Channel your inner high-country cattlemen with horse riding tours from Licola or Dargo taking in cattlemen's huts, high plains and spectacular gorges. Find a happy medium between high country and the Gippsland plains at Paradise Valley Caravan Park, where you'll wake to birdsong on the banks of the Macalister River.
Licola is a remote alpine town, and gateway to world-class national parks and outdoor adventure, the town was once a saw milling settlement and today has just one shop, you can refuel and stock up on groceries and maps for your adventure
Den of Nargun
Follow the Bataluk Cultural Trail to learn about the traditional custodians of the land, including a hike into the Den of Nargun. Gunaikurnai legend tells of an evil Nargun, half-man half-stone, who lived in the sacred cave, taking children who wandered too far from camp.
Set amongst dramatic river gorges and looming ridgelines of the Mitchell River National Park is the Den of Nargun, a place of deep Aboriginal significance, the cave sits behind a waterfall above the Mitchell River, surrounded by tranquil bushlands and rainforest gullies
Further east, you'll find Australia's largest inland waterway, the Gippsland Lakes. Base yourself in one of the lakeside villages of Lakes Entrance, Metung or Paynesville to kayak or SUP the lakes, hire a boat, take a fishing charter, or enjoy the many boutique wineries and breweries. Along the coast at the mouth of the famous Snowy River sits charming Marlo, with its beloved-by-locals pub.
The vast lakes system is an unsurpassed water playground, reaching cult-status for anyone with a sailing, fishing, canoeing or boating bent
Nearby, the Buchan Caves' network of limestone caves reveal quiet underground pools and sparkling stalagmites. Camp in the peaceful Buchan Caves Reserve, or at the Stockman's Camp, where you'll gain insight into the life of Australian stockmen at their Bush Heritage Show.
Beneath the unsuspecting forest floor of a scenic valley lies an enchanting system of limestone formations known as the Buchan Caves
Snuggled right up next to the NSW border, Mallacoota may well be Victoria's best kept secret. This serene coastal village borders the Croajingolong National Park, a UNESCO-listed World Biosphere Reserve. The Mallacoota Foreshore Caravan Park wraps around the town, giving the place a laid-back holiday vibe, attracting recreational fishers, boating enthusiasts, and those who just want to spend their days beachside.
Mallacoota may well be Victoria's best kept secret, expect lazy days spent beachside in this relaxed and largely undeveloped coastal village, on the fringe of one of Australia's most beautiful places
Pictures from Visit Gippsland website.
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