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Things you can do and visit for the spring 2022 school holidays across Gippsland
Beat boredom with this round up of school holiday places to visit with so many adventures for the whole family and friends.
From 16-25 Sep, the heritage village of Walhalla will come alive with an ice-skating rink, alpine laser tag and a snowball throwing challenge. These festivities come together with Walhalla's much loved year-round attractions, including train rides, gold mine tours and evening ghost tours, to create a family-friendly event to shake off winter and skate into spring.
For more information, visit Walhalla Springfest page.
For 10 days over the September school holidays, the heritage village of Walhalla will come alive with an ice-skating rink, alpine laser tag and a snowball throwing challenge
Junior ranger program
The Junior Ranger program encourages children to explore Victoria's amazing parks. A range of free and fun activities for kids inspire curiosity, discovery and connection.
Learning about animal superpowers, discovering the secrets of Victoria's Parks and Reserves, or exploring beautiful beaches, forests, deserts with a ranger - Junior Rangers get to do all of this and so much more!
Junior rangers: Koala walk and talk - Raymond Island
Visit and find out more about a koala's neighbourhood on this 1 hour ranger-lead walk. We will investigate the habitat they enjoy and how they are being managed.
The walk is conducted on both formed roads and gravel paths. Please bring water, sunscreen, insect repellent, and wear enclosed shoes and clothing appropriate for the weather.
Junior rangers: All fired-up - Heyfield Wetland Centre
Learn about the role rangers play in fighting bushfires and gain an insight to how fires are planned for and managed in our national parks. This activity is suitable for children aged 6-12, who must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Please bring water, sunscreen, insect repellent, and wear enclosed shoes and clothing appropriate for the weather. Activities may be rescheduled, changed or cancelled due to adverse weather or for emergency response. Please meet at Heyfield Wetlands Centre, Heyfield.
Flora explorer: How the bush recovers from the fire- Buchan cave reserves
Australia has some amazing native plants which provide important habitat for our native animals. Learn how to identify common native plants while seeing and learning how the bush recovers from fire in the Buchan Caves Reserve.
This activity is suitable for children aged 6-12, who must be accompanied by a parent or guardian aged 18 or over. Please bring water, sunscreen, insect repellent, and wear enclosed shoes and clothing appropriate for the weather. Please note that activities may be rescheduled, changed or cancelled due to adverse weather or for emergency response
Minibeasts discovery - Buchan Caves Reserves
Discover a bug's world in the Buchan River. Get to know some tiny critters and what they mean to our environment, whilst peering through a magnifying glass into the world of a mini-beast. This activity is suitable for children aged 6-12yrs old, who must be accompanied by a parent or guardian aged 18 or over.
Please bring water, sunscreen, insect repellent, and wear water shoes and clothing appropriate for the weather. Please bring a towel and change of clothes as children may get wet. Activities may be rescheduled, changed or cancelled due to adverse weather or for emergency response. Please meet at Stone Camp Kitchen, Buchan Caves Reserve, Caves Road, Buchan.
Visit and find out more about a koala's neighbourhood on this 1 hour ranger-lead walk, investigate the habitat they enjoy and how they are being managed
The best time to see waterfalls is after high rainfall. Spring is often a good bet with wetter months, coupled with snow melting from the alpine regions. Here are Gippsland's top 8 waterfalls:
- Toorongo and Amphitheatre falls
- Agnes falls
- Narracan falls
- Morwell River falls
- Cyathea falls
- Raymond Creek falls
- Den of Nargun
- Little River falls
Kids love the awesome energy and thunderous sounds of waterfalls. Start chasing Gippsland's waterfalls and discover off-the-beaten track cascades, long drops or short-and-thunderous falls.
For more information, visit the Chasing Waterfalls page.
The best time to see waterfalls is after high rainfall. Spring is often a good bet with wetter months, coupled with snow melting from the alpine region
Cruise Gippsland Lakes
Get the wind blowing through your hair on an eco-cruise with Lonsdale Eco Cruises or Sea Safari on Lakes Explorer, both providing expert commentary, and Peels Cruises offer general sightseeing cruises (all departing Lakes Entrance).
H2O Tours & Adventures (departing Paynesville) runs tours through the canals, to Metung, Raymond Island and Ninety Mile Beach.
Take the river journey between Port of Sale and the Swing Bridge aboard a charming wooden boat with Port of Sale Heritage Cruises(departing Sale).
Enjoy the amazing sceneries as you take a cruise along Gippsland Lakes
Visit Raymond Island
Expect to find all your favourite furry, feathered and spiky friends across the island, best known for its koala population. You can spot these fuzzy locals on the Koala Walk. BYO bikes or hire from Ride the Koalas for an easy ride around the island.
The five-minute ferry to Raymond Island departs Paynesville regularly and is free for pedestrians or those arriving by bike.
To learn more, visit the Raymond Island page.
Wedged between Lake King and Lake Victoria is a haven for wildlife and fabulous destination for nature-swooning
Hit the rail trails
Get the kids active on these easy rides, while taking in views of verdant hills, dramatic coastline and sweeping plains. Choose between a short-and-sweet trail, or tackle a section of a mighty ride.
For more information, visit the 'Hit the rail trails' page.
From over your handlebars, take in views of verdant hills, dramatic coastline and sweeping plains on the rail trails
Trafalgar Holden Museum
A solid wet-weather option, this quirky museum celebrates Australia's Holden heritage from the 1850s. It's not just a love affair with cars - there are saddles, military artefacts, golf carts and aero engines.
For more details, visit the Trafalgar Holden Museum Inc page.
Trafalgar Holden Museum tells that remarkable story and celebrates Australia's Holden heritage from the 1850s to its demise in 2020
Step back in time to the life of a coal miner in South Gippsland in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Coal Creek Community Park & Museum (Korumburra) is Gippsland's largest open air heritage village. Walk amongst the village of 53 authentic buildings including courthouse, school house, general store and miners cottage.
Walk the streets of 1850s Gippsland at Old Gippstown (Moe). This once-upon-a-time collection of relocated buildings, horse-drawn vehicles, vintage cars and fire trucks tell the animated story of early European settlement in Victoria.
Nestled on 27 hectares in the hills of the Strzelecki ranges, this tranquil park offers an opportunity to slow things down
Pictures from Visit Gippsland website.
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