Great Southern Rail Trail

The Great Southern Rail Trail is well known in South Gippsland to most local people. It has been built on the site of the old railway line which many years ago connected towns all the way from Melbourne through to Yarram and beyond.

The railway tracks have since been removed and the rough surface along the gently undulating topography have been replaced with a smooth gravel track. The Rail Trail now runs between Leongatha and Port Welshpool and provides a safe and even track to walk, run or ride (either on bikes or horses), and I’ve even heard of people taking a horse and cart and donkeys along the route. You do need access to a key to be able to open the gates though.

Eventually it will meet up with the walking track in Yarram. I’m really looking forward to that.

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Man riding a bike on the Great Southern Rail Trail

 

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Where Is South Gippsland?

South Gippsland is generally referred to as the region found on the south eastern tip of Victoria.

Bordered by Yarram in the north east, Wilsons Promontory National Park, Sandy Point, Foster and Yanakie in the south east, Cape Liptrap Coastal Park, Inverloch, Cape Patterson and Wonthaggi in the south, Philip Island to the west, Korumburra, Mirboo North, Leongatha and almost stretching to include Mount Worth State Park and Tarra Bulga National Park towards the north.

Gippsland itself is often know for its power generators and polluted skies, especially around Churchill, Moe and Morwell. While it might seem obvious that the South Gippsland Shire Council governs the Southern area of Gippsland there is often confusion about where the region actually lies. The map on this page gives an indication of towns that many local people believe it includes.

Read more: http://south-gippsland.com

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Older Style Renovated House

As one of the oldest established communities in South Gippsland, Leongatha is home to a variety of period style houses and historic buildings. The greens and yellows of this house in one of the neat and tidy side streets, blends beautifully with the large tree in front that’s only just holding on to the last of its’ autumn leaves.

The real estate here is reasonably priced and tends to hold its value quite well. Country areas don’t seem to get the extreme fluctuations in price that the fast paced trendy city areas attract. I’ve made a chunk of money investing in the country, but don’t expect great rental returns on residential properties in most locations, instead, the homes I’ve owned and renovated around Foster and Mount Best, increased in value tremendously in only a few years. Very happy about that :-)

See more photos from Leongatha here.

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The Fabulous Gardens In Leongatha

Whenever I drive through Leongatha along the South Gippsland Highway the first thing I’m always taken with is the beautiful roadside plantings throughout the local area.

Then as I walked along the streets one day with camera in hand, I couldn’t help but be impressed by the neat, and well kept condition of many of the lawns and gardens in the town, mind you, the local shire council offices are situated here, so it makes perfect sense that the amenities and aesthetics of the place are tended to regularly … never-the-less, it is a wonderful sight to see.

Pictures include street scenes, native lilly pilly berries, gum tree pods, wattle blossom, daffodils, pink camelia, red hot poker spike, autumn leaves, eucalypt tree bark, garden pots, a magpie and more.

These lovely photographs of the gardens in Leongatha tell the story much better than I could possibly do with words … enjoy!

Photos Of Koonwarra

I’ve always been impressed with the features of Koonwarra, its upmarket shops, day spa, organically inspired farmers market, pretty scenery, large display of autumn trees lining the highway, the terrific cycling/walking trail and the friendliness of the people.

On this page are some nice photos I took in KOONWARRA are few years ago of the autumn leaves, shops, streets, flowers, fruit and vegetables, the nursery, gardens etc … and here are even more pictures of Koonwarra and the surrounding towns too.