Explore Gippsland

Plan an unforgettable road trip through Gippsland, a stunning region in eastern Victoria that’s rich in history and outdoor adventures. Base yourself in a friendly country town or go deep into a national park to experience the beauty of Gippsland’s beaches, mountains and lakes. Explore Mallacoota, Sale, Lakes Entrance, Venus Bay and beyond with CamperMate – your online hub for Gippsland accommodation, RV rentals and stories from the road.

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Out and about in Gippsland

With its gobsmacking combination of mountains, lakes, beaches and rainforests, Gippsland is easily one of the best camping and caravanning regions in Victoria. The region spans Victoria’s entire southeast coast up to the New South Wales border, and extends west through lush pastureland and into the mountains of the Great Dividing Range.

The incredible diversity of Gippsland’s landscape can be experienced throughout the region’s excellent national parks and reserves, many of which are managed in partnership with the Gunaikurnai Traditional Owners. For travellers, these natural playgrounds offer plenty of opportunities to fish, 4WD, hike, mountain bike, see native wildlife, and discover the sacred Aboriginal connection to the land.  

Along the coast you’ll find gems such as Croajingolong National Park, the always-popular Wilsons Promontory, and the famous colony of little penguins at Phillip Island. The system of coastal lakes that makes up Gippsland Lakes Coastal Park provides ideal conditions for lakeshore and jetty fishing. Beyond the sand dunes lies Ninety Mile Beach, and if you head to the western end via Seaspray or Golden Beach, there’s phenomenal kayaking and surf fishing to be had.

The Gippsland lakes are where several rivers meet the sea, and if you head off the beaten track to trace their course inland, a world of river gorges, foaming rapids and breathtaking lookouts opens up before you. Head to Mitchell River National Park and walk the Den of Nargun Loop to uncover sacred waterholes and characters from Indigenous folklore. Or get your thrills in Snowy River National Park – home to Victoria’s deepest gorge. Access is via one of Victoria’s most precarious roads so if you’re not prepared to leave your towables behind, save Little River Gorge for another time and explore Tulloch Ard Lookout or Raymond Creek Falls.

Tarra-Bulga National Park is arguably Victoria’s best-kept secret. Preserving an area of rare Gondwanan temperate rainforest, the park is full of lush gullies, pristine streams and breathtaking walks. Amazingly, it’s a place that is almost always overlooked by travellers who stick to the coast. There are several picnic areas to enjoy the surroundings, and the walk to Corrigans Suspension Bridge gives you an aerial view over the misty canopy.

If you’re a fan of travelling back in time, Gippsland is a fantastic destination for piecing together Victoria’s maritime and gold rush past. Dozens of well-preserved heritage sites dating back to the 1800s are hidden throughout the region, from the Sale Swing Bridge to the old wooden Church of England at Tarraville. For an immersive experience, check out Old Gippsland, a heritage park that recreates the 100-year settlement era spanning 1850 to 1950, or go for a steam engine ride along the Walhalla Goldfields Railway.

While there’s countless itineraries and detours to be taken throughout Gippsland, the Great Alpine Road is one of Victoria’s legendary drives. The views along the way are second to none as you climb up and over the Victorian Alps, and as the road winds all the way down to Bairnsdale in the Lakes region, you’re treated to the perfect combination of alpine adventure and coastal charm – Gippsland in a nutshell.

There are few places in Australia that can offer so much to travellers, which is why you’ll want to stick around Gippsland for a while. Whether you’re camping in national parks, stringing together caravan parks, or searching for a peaceful cabin by the coast or in the bush, CamperMate is your first stop for finding and booking accommodation in Gippsland.

Stories from the road

CamperMate’s blog is chock-full of information and inspiration from our crew of travelling storytellers. From road trips and destination guides to camping and 4WD advice, you’ll find everything you need to plan your next adventure.

Tarra Bulga – Gippsland’s hidden world of green

Tarra Bulga is an ancient place, one of those primeval forests that feels indescribably old just standing beneath the shrouding canopy. It’s a place that hasn’t changed in millennia…

Complete Guide to Lakes Entrance Fishing

Situated on the edge of the Gippsland Lakes and the Bass Strait, Lakes Entrance is a mecca for Australian anglers, renowned for its great fishing all year round. From casting off the Esplanade’s many jetties to travelling across the bar…

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