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List of the best things to see in Gippsland for spring 2021
Spring is an amazing time to visit Gippsland with the fragrant gardens, thunderous waterfalls, and outdoor wanderings, events that are surely a must see.
Spring is a beautiful time to visit Gippsland. Prepare for dizzying scenes of blossom-filled villages and impossibly green countryside. The melting snow and high rainfall is making rivers rage and waterfalls thunder, and spring weather is perfect for walks and riding. If you're lucky, a coastal adventure might yield a whale sighting, as these majestic creatures migrate back to their Antarctic homes with their calves.
- Gardens and blooms
- Springtime events - art lovers
- Garden lovers
- Open studios West Gippsland
- Outdoor lovers
- Gippsland waterfalls
- Outdoor wanderings
Gippsland's spectacular national parks, wave sculpted coastline and pretty villages look even more special in spring.
Gippsland's spectacular national parks, wave sculpted coastline and pretty villages look even more special in spring, it is a pretty glorious time as the Garden State awakens from its winter slumber and the first rays of the sun
Gardens and blooms
Here are some top locations to visit during spring in Gippsland:
Gardivalia, glimpse the superb gardens of West Gippsland showing off their springtime splendour. Some are not usually open to the public. One weekend only, from 30 Oct - 2 Nov.
There's undoubtedly something in the air here - it's a stockpile of zen and a place that commands your everyday stresses are left at the gate
The Garden at Broughton Hall, this 25 year old fairytale garden is manicured to perfection. Beds are filled with seasonal blooms between walkways lined with winding roses and jade hedges. Twisty paths lead to different areas of the expansive garden, dotted with park benches for contemplation.
Walhalla, nothing quite says spring like the blossom trees, tulips and daffodil blooms in this historic gold mining village. Take in the beauty of the surroundings around town, and visit the Long Tunnel Extended Gold Mine, or take a ride on the Walhalla Goldfields Railway.
Step back in time to more-than-a-little-dashing Walhalla, with its enchanting gold-rush heritage
Springtime events - art lovers
Get in touch with your artsy side for the 100th year of the Archibald Prize 2021, hosted by the Gippsland Art Gallery (8 Oct - 21 Nov) or visit the hidden studios of artists who open their doors annually for the Open Studios West Gippsland (13 - 14 Nov).
The Gippsland Art Gallery, located in Sale in central Gippsland, is the sole Victorian host venue for the Archibald Prize 2021 regional tour, celebrating its centenary this year, the Art Gallery of New South Wales' Archibald Prize is Australia's foremost portraiture prize
Gardivalia is an annual event that gives the public a chance to see many superb private and public gardens in West Gippsland. This year the event will be held over four days from Saturday 30th October to Tuesday 2nd November 2021. Embrace the country drive through West Gippsland's famed rolling hills as some of the region's best gardens open their gates at Gardivalia (30 Oct - 2 Nov).
Open studios West Gippsland
Meet the Maker - with an abundance of artists, wineries, cafes and fresh produce farms in the West Gippsland region, the Open Studios tour map reads like a treasure hunt for the senses; a brilliant excuse for a country drive, to venture off the beaten track, switch off to the modern world, see some inspiring artwork, eat, drink and navigate the spectacular scenery.
This regular event is held amongst the beautiful scenery of West Gippsland, just one hour from Melbourne. Check out the website for a downloadable map and loads more details on the artists. The wide range of artisans will give you a choice of styles to be excited by - demonstrating their techniques, describing their inspirations and giving you opportunities to buy new work.
The organisers appreciate visitors taking precautions to protect themselves, the artists and other visitors, so please wear masks if appropriate and stay 1.5m apart. Please check the website before starting out as circumstances may change quickly due to COVID restrictions.
Has there ever been a more blissful way to spend a lazy day out in the green hills? With such a diversity of great local artists living the country dream in our region, you are bound to be inspired by all the creativity and beauty West Gippsland has to offer
Join the 3-day, all inclusive Great East Rail Trail Ride (1 - 3 Oct). Cycling from Bairnsdale to Orbost, this ride is aimed at all riding abilities, including children and new riders, with more challenging riding options available.
All meals and accommodation is provided (camp or stay in a cottage), transport of your luggage is transported to the next town each day, and transport is provided for you and your bike back to the start on completion of the ride.
Rail trails are for cyclists, walkers and horse riders only, so there will be no vehicular traffic along the route, it is also perfect for children and autophobes
With high rainfall over winter and snow melting from the alpine regions, Gippsland's waterfalls are putting on a dramatic show. Here's a list of Gippsland's top 5 waterfalls:
- Agnes Falls, near Toora, South Gippsland
- Toorongo Falls & Amphitheatre Falls, near Noojee, West Gippsland
- Narracan Falls, near Thorpdale, West Gippsland
- Morwell River Falls, near Boolarra, Central Gippsland
- Cyathea Falls, in Tarra Bulga National Park, near Yarram, Central Gippsland
While you are planning a half or full day trip from Gippsland to other parts of Victoria or southern NSW, you can also discover waterfalls in Gippsland during the waterfall seasons.
Make plans to get into nature on your next exciting road trip to Gippsland and come see the majestic waterfalls in the region
Whale spotting: after heading to warmer waters in winter for breeding, it's time for these majestic creatures to head back to Antarctica via the Gippsland coastline with their calves. Find the best vantage points and whale watching tours.
Gippsland welcomes friends from the deep south of a different kind between May and November these majestic creatures can be spotted from a number of Gippsland vantage points
White water rafting tours with Rafting Australia for a world class, adrenalin-pumping white water rafting tour at the Mitta Mitta River Gorge near Omeo. On the rapid descent, you'll plummet through intricate rock formations and tackle the foaming fury of 60 rapids (Grades 2-4). No prior experience is required.
Welcome to Rafting Australia, their whitewater paddling addiction started in 1976, that is over 40 years ago
Explore the changing landscapes from your trusty bicycle saddle as you swing through verdant hills, dramatic coastline, welcoming villages and cosy kitchens. Cycle a rail trail: set out on a riding adventure along a dramatic coastline, through lush countryside or dense bush. Pick a ride from Gippsland's best rail trails.
Vivid green hills seemingly tumble into the ocean thanks to dramatic rocky cliffs and headlands
Fly fishing tours: trout season is upon us! Head to the crystal clear mountain streams of West Gippsland with Fly Addictions who knows where the fish are biting. If fly fishing one of West Gippsland's hidden mountain streams for a wild brown trout sounds like your idea of a day well spent, then contact Fly Addiction guided Fly Fishing. With an intimate knowledge of the Baw Baw region's many angling waters, they can take you out for a truly unique experience. It's more than a sport, it's an addiction, a Fly Addiction.
Pictures from Visit Gippsland website.
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